• Academic Honesty (Plagiarism/Cheating)


    Purpose: Students at Robert E. Lee High School are expected to take responsibility for their conduct in both their social and academic actions. Academic honesty requires that students turn in work that is their own and shows their best effort.   Academic dishonesty would include cheating or plagiarism. 

     

    Responsibilities:

     

    Students: Students will read and uphold this policy when completing all school-related assignments including tests, homework, research and other projects.

     

    Parents: Parents will encourage students to practice academic honesty.

     

    Teachers: Teachers will review academic honesty with students. They will also enforce the procedures.   Teachers will instruct students in proper procedures for research papers.

     

    Administrators: Administrators will support academic honesty with students, parents, teachers and other staff members. Disciplinary action taken with students will follow the adopted procedure.

     

    Definition of Plagiarize: to steal and pass off as one’s own (the ideas or words of another); use (a created production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, 1986, p. 1728)

     

    Plagiarism may include:
    1. Lack of in-text documentation

    2. Not using quotation marks for direct quotes

    3. Paraphrasing and not giving credit

    4. Direct copying and submitting as the student’s own work

     

    Consequences for Plagiarism:
    • Use the first offense as a teachable moment. Student will receive a one grade reduction and must rewrite the paper/portions that were plagiarized for the first offense. Teachers will ensure that students are taught and understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in their writing. For second and subsequent offenses the student will receive a zero grade on the assignment. 
    • Teacher will contact student’s parents if the student receives a zero
    • Teacher may submit a written referral to administration for disciplinary action
    • Teacher will refer student to the school “Honor Council” (See Ms. Southwick)
    • Student may face suspension from clubs, sports or any other extra-curricular activity
    • Student may face criminal charges prosecutable under local, state and federal laws

    Cheating includes:

    Homework/Projects/Miscellaneous assignments

    • Submitting work obtained or copied from another student or obtained from a teacher without permission

    • Allowing another student to copy or obtain work

    Exams, Quizzes or Tests

    • Looking at another student’s test, answers or materials

    • Copying another student’s answers

    • Talking or exchanging materials during the test period

    • Possible criminal offenses

    • Accessing, deleting, modifying, transferring, receiving computerized files without authorization from the teacher. This includes tampering with grades and attendance

    • Using cellular phone technology or any mechanism with camera capabilities to photograph and/or quickly e-mail copies of tests, projects or homework assignments without authorization from the teacher

    Consequences for Cheating:

    • The student will receive a zero grade on the assignment, project, quiz or test with no makeup offered in conjunction with an administrative meeting
    • Teacher will contact student’s parents if the student receives a zero
    • Teacher may submit a written referral to administration for disciplinary action
    • Teacher will refer student to the school “Honor Council” (See Ms. Southwick)
    • Student may face suspension from clubs, sports or any other extra-curricular activity
    • Student may face criminal charges prosecutable under local, state and federal laws

     

    Referred offenses become part of the student’s disciplinary record. A parent conference may be necessary.

Last Modified on June 24, 2016