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Academic Honesty Policy


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 involvesthe 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.

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

  • A second offense in the same class carries graveconsequences:  a referral, a phone call home, 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 following offenses.

CHEATING ON TESTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: Any intentional giving, or using, of outside assistance related to an examination, test, or quiz without permission from the teacher (includingmisuse 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 academic grade. Citizenship grade will be lowered as determined by the teacher.

FABRICATION: 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 academic assignment. Citizenship grade will be lowered as determined by the teacher.

UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION: 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 as determined by the teacher, and in serious cases, removal from class may be warranted by the administration. Any student who contributes to an incident of Academic dishonesty may have their academic grade lowered and may have their citizenship grade lowered.

PLAGIARISM: 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 grade will be averaged with the other course grades for the academic grading period and the citizenship grade will be lowered as determined by the teacher. Staff members observing an act 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 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, removal from MMHS, or all of the above.

FORGERY: Falsifying or submitting academic work by forging another person’s signature. Penalty may include: lowered academic grade, lowered citizenship grade, and/or legal prosecution as determined by the administration.

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