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2020-21 Code of Conduct – Section VI

Filed in Archive by on November 9, 2020

VI. Academic Integrity

A. Definitions:

  1. Academic integrity governs the way in which a student writes, performs research, and fulfills the responsibilities of learning in a positive and constructive manner at the District. It is founded on the principles of respect for knowledge, truth, scholarship, and acting with honesty. These principles and values are the foundation of learning. The purpose of this section of the Code of Conduct is to outline the District’s expectations regarding academic integrity.
  2. Academic dishonesty/misconduct includes, but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, altering records, copying, and facilitating dishonesty. Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.
    1.  Academic dishonesty is the attempt to secure an unfair advantage for oneself or another in any academic exercise.

    B. The following is an extensive, though not exhaustive, list of actions that are considered to be academically dishonest.

    1.  Cheating is the use or attempted use of deception, fraud, and/or misrepresentation of one’s academic work.
    2.  Fabrication is the falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise.
    3. Plagiarism is the intentional or negligible representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own work in any academic exercise. This includes, but is not limited to:
      1. failing to properly identify direct quotations by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and formal citation;
      2. failing to acknowledge and properly cite paraphrasing or summarizing material from another source;
      3. failing to acknowledge and properly cite information obtained from the Internet or other electronic media as well as other sources; 14 5300
      4. submitting research papers written by another, including those obtained from commercial term paper companies or the Internet;
    4. Facilitating dishonesty is knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit any act of academic dishonesty.
    5. Other prohibited actions:
      1. submitting all or substantial portions of the same work to fulfill the requirements for more than one course without the prior permission of the instructor(s);
      2. self-plagiarizing, forging, or otherwise altering grades, transcripts, course withdrawal forms, or other academic document;
      3. submitting all or substantial portions of work in the subject area of World Languages that utilized an online translator;
      4. illegally accessing a computer drive, network folder, etc.;
      5. stealing or destroying the academic work of another, either hard copy or electronic/digital copy, external storage drive, research paper, or notebook.

    C. Consequences and Sanction for Violations of Academic Integrity

    1. A student implicated in any of the above will be required to redo the assignment for partial credit. A school administrator will notify the parents, and the student will be placed on formal academic probation for one year. A second incident of any of the above will result in a note being placed in the student’s academic file.

    2. If teachers or staff members observe any form of cheating for any reason during a quiz, test, or exam, they will immediately pick up the test. No student may leave the examination room prior to the stated exam release time. Violation of these or any other testing procedures or rules announced by the proctor at the start of the examination will result in no grade on the exam and a parent meeting. Appeals must be made through the school principal.

    Approved September 2, 2020.