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Ethics

1. Academic Honesty

Honesty and integrity are essential to a successful education. Cheating undermines the academic process, shatters students' integrity, and destroys the trust required for an honest, productive teacher and student relationship. To instill in students the importance of honesty and integrity, the staff at Bell Middle School will enforce the Academic Honesty Policy to promote academic honesty.

Violations:

  1. Allowing other students to copy your tests, assignments, or homework

  2. Copying from another student's homework, test, or assignment

  3. Committing plagiarism by obtaining materials from other students, printed materials, or on-line sources

  4. Stealing, exchanging, or altering materials

  5. Developing a pattern of being absent when tests are scheduled

  6. Applying pressure for grade changes

  7. Using computers or computer networks inappropriately

Consequences (Any violation will result in one or more of the below consequences):

  1. Students will receive a zero on the assignment or test

  2. The citizenship grade will be no higher than an "N" on that six-week progress report

  3. The parent(s) will be notified

  4. The offense will be reported to the counselor and kept in the student's permanent file

  5. Suspension

  6. Referral

  7. F/U for the semester

  8. Removal from the class

It is the goal of the Academic Honesty Policy to create an atmosphere of academic honesty by all participants.

2. Technology Ethics

Bell Middle School provides technology for instruction and access to the Internet for all students.  Students are expected to access the Internet only for instructional purposes. Class time and equipment are not to be used for unethical or unauthorized information searches. Students not meeting ethical standards will lose their privilege of using computers on campus.

In order to access technology and the Internet at Bell, these rules must be followed:

  1. The student and parent must sign and submit a Technology Access Contract

  2. Students must not access, search, display, or print inappropriate or profane material

  3. There can be no advertisements or political lobbying of any kind

  4. Students must be polite and have good manners

  5. Students must not reveal their personal addresses or telephone numbers, or those of any other persons

  6. Internet access must be under teacher supervision and be a part of the class curriculum

  7. Use of school printers is restricted to classroom-related assignments

  8. E-mail may be used only under the direct supervision of a teacher as part of a specific assignment.