Academic Honesty

A classroom is a place where all students have the right to an education, the right to feel comfortable, and the right to be treated with respect. Academic honesty is an extremely important factor in maintaining an educational environment which is fair and open and which preserves the dignity of all students. Each student is responsible for helping to keep this environment intact.

Academic honesty does not simply involve "not cheating," and it is not merely a personal matter. It involves the trust and respect of the teacher as well as that of every student in the class. A violation of the trust and respect of the teacher and fellow classmates is a very serious matter and will not be treated lightly.

Failure to adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy may result in the student receiving no credit or a zero (0) on the assignment or test, the lowering of the student's citizenship grade, and/or further disciplinary action.

Cheating on Tests and Assignments

Cheating on tests and assignments includes but is not limited to: Any intentional giving or using of outside assistance related to an examination, test or quiz, without permission from the teacher--including misuse of any form of technology. A student guilty of dishonesty such as requesting, giving or receiving information on an examination, quiz or assignment designed as an individual rather than collaborative effort will receive a zero on that work. That zero will be averaged into
the student's grade.


Fabrication includes but is not limited to: any falsification or intentional invention of data, sources or other authority in an academic exercise. If a student falsifies data or sources, the student will receive a zero on the assignment.

Unauthorized Collaboration

Unauthorized collaboration includes but is not limited to: Any collaboration between a student and another person at times or in ways which are not permitted. Students involved will be subject to lowered academic and citizenship grades and, in serious cases, removal from class.


Plagiarism includes but is not limited to: Any intentional use of another person's ideas, words, or work as one's own. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material, material generated by technology, or the work of another student. A student guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero grade on the assignment. That zero grades will be averaged with the other course grades for that grading period and the term citizenship grade will be lowered.

Theft or Alteration of Materials

Theft or alteration of materials includes but is not limited to: Any theft, concealment, alteration, or distribution of student, staff, or library material. A student guilty of stealing or using stolen materials or of altering test or class materials may face suspension, a failing grade of F/U for the term, removal from class with a failing grade, or all of the above.


Forgery includes but is not limited to: Falsifying or submitting academic work by forging another
person's signature.

Test/Assignment Avoidance

Test/assignment avoidance includes but is not limited to: Any pattern of absences on test days for the apparent advantage of better grades. At the teacher's discretion, any test or assignment avoidance may result in forfeiting the opportunity to make up the test or assignment.

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