All students need to be aware of the importance of academic honesty. The following information elaborates on what is in your student handbook and is meant to clarify this issue. If you have a question about academic honesty, please ask your counselor or English teacher before signing this document. Your signature indicates that you have read this carefully, understand what academic honesty is, and are prepared to bear the consequences of academic dishonesty if you practice it in any form. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse.
I. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY?
A. PLAGIARISM: This is when an individual uses another person's ideas, expressions, or writing as if they were his/her own.
1. Copying verbatim- The most common form and happens when an individual copies words, expressions, or ideas directly from another source (e.g. book, article, Internet site, lab report, friend's paper) without giving proper credit to the author.
2. Paraphrasing- An individual borrows written ideas from a source and rewrites them in his/her own words, but does not give credit to the original author.
3. Use of an idea- An individual adapts an idea from a source without giving proper credit. (e.g. This could happen when asked to write an original piece such as a short story, you borrow an idea from a TV program, video, article, or classmate).
4. Unequal group participation- It is also considered cheating when a group is assigned an assignment as a team and the individuals do not do an equal share of the work, e.g., one member does the assignment and the other members copy from him/her instead of contributing their share.
B . SHARING IDEAS DURING TEST SITUATIONS: (e.g., sharing answers on a take-home exam, asking/telling other students what is on a quiz/test)
C. CHEATING ON TESTS AND QUIZZES: (e.g., bringing answers into the test room, copying from another student, or using unauthorized notes or technology)
II. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A STUDENT IS INVOLVED IN ACADEMIC DISHONESTY?
The teachers and administrators of this school expect all students to do their own work and not submit as their own work ideas from a resource book, another student, or any other source. This expectation refers to all homework, in-class assignments, and tests. Teachers will report cases of academic dishonesty to the principal. The consequences may include, but are not limited to:
A. FIRST OFFENSE: Parents will be informed of the incident, and the student loses credit for the
assignment or test. The student will receive a "Warning" conduct mark.
B. SECOND OFFENSE: A conference is scheduled with an administrator, the teacher, the student, and
his/her parents. The student loses credit for the assignment or test. The student receives an
"Unsatisfactory" conduct mark.
C. THIRD OFFENSE: Parent notification. The student is dropped from the class and is ineligible for
school activities. Official letter may be placed in student's file. Student will be disqualified from
academic honors at graduation.
III. HOW CAN I A VOID THE PROBLEM OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY?
If you have any doubts about your academic habits or about what constitutes academic honesty in a given class or on a given assignment, ask your teachers. They will tell you what the acceptable and permissible parameters are for their assignments, tests, or classes.
You and your parents should sign this form and return it to your English teacher. It will remain on file.
I understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty in its various forms, and I know how to avoid it. I will not engage in any form of academic dishonesty. My signature is evidence of my understanding and my commitment to uphold this policy.