Academic Honesty

  • Students are expected to hand in their own work appropriately citing the ideas of others. Students are also expected to take care that their behavior in testing situations is open and honest, an no assistance is provided to other students in testing. Students must use only approved aids in classroom, lab, testing, and performance situations. There shall be no academic dishonesty such as cheating, violation of copyright protection, willful plagiarism, or misrepresentation in any way of one’s work.


    • “Cheating” is defined as using someone else’s work as your own, violating the conditions of the assignment, giving another student questions or answers from a test already taken, or speaking or using electronic messaging with someone during a test or quiz.
    • “Plagiarism” is defined as the presentation of another’s work - the ideas, arguments, facts, or phraseology - as one’s own work.  Unacknowledged quotation of another’s sentences, phrases, or keywords is plagiarism. Unacknowledged paraphrasing of someone else’s ideas or arguments is plagiarism. Using papers (in whole or in part) from the internet as one’s own work is plagiarism.


    A first offense will result in the student receiving a zero on the assignment, with notification to teachers and parents/guardians. A meeting will be held involving the student, parents/guardians, teacher, guidance counselor, and appropriate school administrator.

    Subsequent offenses may result in the loss of credit for class(es) in which the offense(s) occurs, and/or possible retention. The appropriate school administrator will meet with the student and parent/guardian to inform the parties of the loss of credit, to review its impact on the student’s academic performance, and to reassert the school’s academic honesty expectations.