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Academic Honesty Policy


A classroom is a place where all students havethe right to an education, the right to feel comfortable, and the right to betreated with respect. Academic honesty is an extremely important factor inmaintaining an educational environment which is fair and open and whichpreserves the dignity of all students. Each student is responsible for helpingto keep this environment intact. Academic honesty does not simply involve"not cheating", and it is not merely a personal matter. It involvesthe trust and respect of the teacher as well as that of every student in theclass. A violation of the trust and respect of the teacher and fellowclassmates is a very serious matter.

  • A first offense carries these consequences:   areferral, a phone call home, a grade of zero on the assignment, and a citizenshipgrade of U for the 6 week grading period in which the first offenseoccurred. 

  • A second offense in the same class carries graveconsequences:  a referral, a phone callhome, an academic grade of F, and a citizenship grade of U. Both marks are forthe semester in which the second offense occurred. 

Academic Dishonesty includes the followingoffenses.

CHEATING ON TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: Any intentional giving, or using, of outside assistance related to anexamination, test, or quiz without permission from the teacher (includingmisuse of any form of technology). A student guilty of dishonesty such asrequesting, giving, or receiving information on an examination, quiz, orassignment designed as an individual rather than collaborative effort willreceive a zero on that work. That zero will be averaged into the student'sacademic grade. Citizenship grade will be lowered as determined by the teacher.

FABRICATION: Anyfalsification or intentional invention of data, sources, or other authority inan academic exercise. If a student falsifies data or sources, the student willreceive a zero on the academic assignment. Citizenship grade will be lowered asdetermined by the teacher.

UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION: Any collaboration between a student and another person at times or inways which are not permitted. Students involved will be subject to loweredacademic and citizenship grades as determined by the teacher, and in seriouscases, removal from class may be warranted by the administration. Any studentwho contributes to an incident of Academic dishonesty may have their academicgrade lowered and may have their citizenship grade lowered.

PLAGIARISM: Anyintentional use of another person's ideas, words, or work as one's own.Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material, material generated bytechnology, or the work of another student. A student guilty of plagiarism willreceive a zero grade on the assignment. That zero grade will be averaged withthe other course grades for the academic grading period and the citizenshipgrade will be lowered as determined by the teacher. Staff members observing anact of plagiarism will confiscate the work and notify the appropriate teachers.

THEFT OR ALTERATION OF MATERIALS: Any theft, concealment, alteration, or distribution of student, staff,or library material. A student guilty of stealing or using stolen materials orof altering test or class materials may face suspension, a failing grade of F/Ufor the term, removal from class with a failing grade, removal from MMHS, orall of the above.

FORGERY: Falsifying orsubmitting academic work by forging another person’s signature. Penalty mayinclude: lowered academic grade, lowered citizenship grade, and/or legalprosecution as determined by the administration.

TEST/ASSIGNMENT AVOIDANCE: A pattern of absences on test days is not acceptable. When it has beendetermined that a student has missed fifty percent of the announced test/quizdays within a grading period, the teacher will notify the parent of thepotential test avoidance problem. At the teacher's discretion, any further testday absence may result in forfeiting the opportunity to make up the test.