Academics » Dishonesty Policy

Dishonesty Policy


I. Academic Dishonesty is defined as follows:

  • Copying, faxing, or duplicating assignments that will each be turned in as an "original."
  • Exchanging assignments by printout, disk transfer, or modem, then submitting them as "originals."
  • Writing formulas, codes, or key words on your person or objects for use in a test when prohibited.
  • Using hidden and/or unauthorized reference sheets during a test.
  • Using programmed materials in electronic or battery-operated devices when prohibited.
  • Exchanging answers with others when prohibited (either giving or receiving answers).
  • Taking, stealing, and/or using an assignment from someone else and submitting it as your own.
    Giving an assignment to someone else for the purpose of submitting it as their own.
  • Submitting material (written or designed by someone else) without giving the author/artist name and/or source (e.g. plagiarizing or submitting work created by internet sources, family, friends, or tutors.)
  • Taking credit for group work when little contribution was made when contrary to the established assignment criteria.
  • Not following additional specific guidelines for academic honesty as established by department, class, or teacher.
  • Unauthorized acquisition, use, and/or distribution of test materials or answer sheets.* (Automatic 3rd offense consequences)
  • Unauthorized use of teacher computer files and grading programs.* (Automatic 3rd offense consequences)

II. The following actions will be taken in regard to students in violation of this policy (These offenses are cumulative 9-12):

1st Offense

Automatic "0" (failure) on assignment or test.
Teacher telephones parent to explain specifics of incident.
If warranted after phone call, parent conference is scheduled including teacher, parent, administrator, and guidance counselor.
Referral is placed in student's disciplinary file.

2nd Offense

Automatic "0" (failure) on assignment or test.
Most recent marking period grade is reduced by 50% (Example: Marking Period grade is 82%, would be reduced to 41%.)
Parent conference is scheduled including teacher, parent, administrator, and guidance counselor.
Referral is placed in student's disciplinary file.
Student loses school-parking privileges.
Student is removed from any and all elected or appointed leadership positions for the remainder of the school year.

3rd and Subsequent Offenses

Automatic "0" (failure) on assignment or test.
Student is dropped from any class in which the current violation occurred resulting in failure of the course.
Parent conference is scheduled including teacher, parent, administrator, and guidance counselor.
Referral is placed in student's disciplinary file.
Student loses school-parking privileges.
Student is removed from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the year.

III. Student appeal process:

Any student who wishes to appeal these penalties may do so through the high school Advisory Committee. The student must file an appeal within ten school days from the date of notification.