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Academic Honesty Policy

The Associated Student Body and staff of James Madison High School wish to be on record as opposing all cheating, plagiarism, and dishonesty.  To support this policy, certain safeguards are in place for elections and for academic security.  However, for such a policy to be meaningful, the support of all students and parents is required.  Although it is said that "honesty is its own reward," the Associated Student Body and staff appreciate the integrity of James Madison High School students especially in the face of temptation and the pressure to excel.

  1. Cheating--Any intentional giving/discussing/using of external assistance relating to an examination, test or quiz, without express permission of the teacher.
  2. Fabrication--Any intentional falsification or invention of data, citation, or other authority in an academic exercise.
  3. Unauthorized collaboration--Intentional collaboration of an assignment between a student  and another person, if such collaboration is not permitted.
  4. Plagiarism--Any intentional use of another's ideas, words, or work as one's own.  Plagiarism includes the misuse of published/copyrighted material whether written or visual and/or the work of other students.
  5. Theft or alteration of materials--Any intentional and unauthorized taking, concealment, or alteration of student, teacher, office or library materials.
  6. Pattern of test avoidance--A pattern of absences on test days or major report due dates for the apparent advantage of performing better on the make-up test or for gaining extra working/studying time.
  7. Pressure for unsubstantiated grade changes--Any student request for a raised grade which is not based on mistakes in correction, recording, averaging, or other clerical error.
  8. Abusive conduct with computers and the network--Such conduct would include, but not be limited to, prohibited use, damage or theft of system hardware or software; the altering of any system software or software configurations; placing unlawful information, computer viruses or harmful programs on any computer; and pirating copyrighted software. 

Prohibited Use:  Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state law is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, distribution of:

    • Information which violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person.
    • Defamatory, inappropriate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.
    • Advertisements, solicitations, or political lobbying.
    • Information which encourages the use of controlled substances or the use of the system for the purpose of inciting crime.

Warning:  Inappropriate use may result in the cancellation of network privileges.  The site system administrator(s) or district security administrator may close an account at any time deemed necessary.  Depending upon the seriousness of the offense, any combination of the following will be enforced:  Education Code, district procedure, school site discipline/network use policy.

        9.  Unauthorized electronic entry--Any entry without permission.  Any access,  downloading and/or printing of materials which would be considered pornographic, unlawful, obscene, or otherwise objectionable by any staff member.


Academic Honesty Agreement