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Academic Honesty Policy

JAMES MADISON HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL HONESTY POLICY

Rationale

Student integrity is an extremely important factor in maintaining an academic environment which is fair, and that preserves the dignity of all students. Each student is responsible for helping to keep this environment intact.

This policy, developed by James Madison High School staff, students, and parents, is based on the belief that with trust comes the ability to establish productive staff-student-parent relationships. All MHS stakeholders are encouraged to base relationships on this fundamental notion of trust. To violate this trust and respect is a very serious matter.

Cheating, in any form, will not be tolerated. Cheating undermines the academic process, shatters a student’s integrity, and destroys the trust necessary for a productive relationship and our goal of excellence.

The acts of academic dishonesty outlined in this policy include cheating on tests, fabrication, unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism, theft or alteration of materials, text, assignment avoidance, inappropriate use of online resources, pressure for unsubstantiated grade changes, and knowledge of academic dishonesty.

These acts will be dealt with as stated in this policy, parents will be notified, and a referral may be recorded. Academic and citizenship penalties will occur; and depending on the offense, suspension from school and school activities (e.g., dances, sporting events, prom, senior activities, commencement) may also occur. All students will have due process.

 ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL HONESTY POLICY

1. CHEATING: Any intentional giving or using of outside assistance, including misuse of any form of technology relating to an exam, test, or quiz, without teacher permission.
                     
Consequences:1. Receive a “zero” on assignment

2. Citizenship grade lowered

3. Parents notified

4. Second violation: F/U in course; counselor notified via referral; parent notified by teacher

 2. THEFT: Any theft, concealment, or unauthorized distribution of student, teacher or library material.

                    Consequences:  1. Same as cheating

2. Possible criminal charges

3. Other school-initiated actions

 3. UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION: Intentional collaboration between a student and another person on a report, project, or assignment, if such collaboration is not permitted.

Consequences: 1. Same as cheating

 4. FABRICATION: Any intentional use of another person’s ideas, words, or work as one’s own. This includes published material and technologically-generated materials, as well as the work of other students.

Consequences:1. Receive a “Zero” on assignment

     2. Citizenship grade lowered

5. PLAGIARISM/ALTERATION: Any intentional use of another person’s ideas, words, or work as one’s own. This includes published material and technologically-generated materials, as well as the work of other students.

Consequences:1. Same as Fabrication

 6. TEST/ASSIGNMENT AVOIDANCE: Frequent absences on test days or assignment due dates, for the apparent and advantage of performing better on the make-up test or for gaining extra work/study time.

 Consequences:1. Parents will be notified

      2. Continued occurrence may result in forfeiture of make-up opportunities

 7. PRESSURE FOR UNSUBSTANTIATED GRADE CHANGES: Requests by students for any grade change not based on mistakes in correction, averaging, recording, or other clerical errors will not be considered.

 8. MISUSE OF COMPUTERS: Students will be required to sign a school “Network Use Guideline” form detailing specific offenses deemed objectionable or dishonest.\

 9. KNOWLEDGE OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Students are morally bound to notify appropriate staff members when they have personal knowledge of any violation defined or implied in this policy. Notification may be made anonymously.