Academic Integrity Policy

From the CHS Mission and Beliefs:

The Central High School community believes in building a cohesive, mutually supportive academic atmosphere from which our students may draw inspiration as they build their future.  Central students are expected to contribute to a fair learning environment by exhibiting honesty while upholding the integrity of Central High School as well as their own honor and moral character.  This behavior will allow students to take ownership and pride in their own work, as well as fostering positive behaviors not only in their tenure at Central, but also in their future academic endeavors and in the workplace.  Learning requires that students be responsible for their own work at all times, displaying their own knowledge, judgment, and creativity.  Academically this means no cheating, plagiarizing, or inappropriate use of technology including the internet.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Read and follow the Academic Integrity Policy
  2. Understand your teacher’s expectations for how their assignments are to be completed, asking for clarification if necessary.
  3. Seek academic assistance only as permitted by the teacher, and provide only appropriate assistance to others. Unless the teacher specifies otherwise, every assignment must be your individual honest effort.
  4. Do your fair share on collaborative assignments.
  5. Cite all sources completely and properly.

Teacher Responsibilities:

  1. Be familiar with and clearly communicate with students the Academic Integrity Policy of the school, the resources available to help students meet expectations, and your specific classroom rules and policies.
  2. Specify clearly how assignments are to be completed, including the use of outside sources and collaboration with other students.
  3. Minimize the opportunity for cheating and plagiarism through assignment construction, consistent monitoring, creating a fair learning environment, and using available technology.
  4. Teach students the skills they need to successfully meet the expectations of your classroom and the school.
  5. Regularly review student work for violations of the Academic Integrity Policy and respond swiftly and appropriately.

Parent Responsibilities:

Communicate to your child that academic integrity is important to you and that you expect them to know and comply with Central’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Definitions:

Academic Integrity:[1]

  1. Take full credit for your own work, and give full credit to others who have helped you or influenced you, or whose work you have incorporated into your own.
  2. Represent your own work honestly and accurately.
  3. Collaborate with other students only as specifically directed and authorized.
  4. Report breaches of academic integrity to a teacher, counselor or administrator.

Cheating:[1]

Cheating is defined as seeking to obtain (or aiding another to obtain) credit or improved scores through the use of any unauthorized or deceptive means.

Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying work for a homework, test, or any other assignment, whether verbally, in written form, or electronically.
  • Allowing another student to copy your work for a homework, test, or any other assignment, whether verbally, in written form, or electronically.
  • Presenting collaborative work as individual work.
  • Presenting individual work as collaborative.
  • Fabricating data, information, or sources.
  • Using unauthorized help or information during the completion of an assignment; this may include answer keys in textbooks, SparkNotes or similar, calculator programs, help from tutors, parents, classmates, etc.

Plagiarism:[2]

Plagiarism is defined as word-for-word copying, summarizing, or paraphrasing another’s words or ideas without citing the source. Without naming a source, the student is claiming the work as his/her own.

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use another person’s idea, opinion, or theory; any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge; quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.

Consequences:

First time violation of the Academy Integrity Policy

Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Student conference
  • Parent notification
  • Reduced grade
  • Detentions
  • Teacher may decline to write a letter of recommendation
  • Incident reported on the Discipline Office database

Subsequent violation of the Academic Integrity Policy and/or Violation Involving Departmental exams, Junior Thesis, Senior Project, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, standardized exams, or the improper use of phone, texting or camera to copy or share information.

Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Student conference
  • Student/Parent conference with an administrator
  • Referral to the Discipline Office
  • A zero assigned as a grade
  • Suspension
  • Electronic device confiscated
  • Referral to counselor
  • Teacher may decline to write a letter of recommendation.
  • Exclusion from academic awards, honors, scholarships and prizes.

1st Occurrence: Addressed by teacher
Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Teacher conference with student
  • Teacher notifies parent
  • Reduced grade for the assessment
  • Detentions
  • Teacher may decline to write recommendation
  • Teacher must keep all documentation including copies of applicable student work
  • Teacher forwards summary of incident to the Discipline Office for file only

2nd Occurrence: Addressed by teacher and Department Chair/Head
Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Teacher and Department Chair/Head conference with student and parent
  • Student receives a grade of zero on the assessment
  • Detentions
  • Teacher may decline to write recommendation
  • Teacher must keep all documentation including copies of applicable student work
  • Teacher forwards summary of incident to the Discipline Office for file only
  • Referral to counselor

3rd Occurrence: Addressed by discipline staff
Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Referral to the Discipline Office with a Pink Slip and all documentation
  • Discipline staff conference with student and parent
  • Student receives a grade of zero on the assignment
  • Possible suspension
  • Privileges revoked
  • Teacher may decline to write recommendation
  • Referral to counselor/CSAP
  • Exclusion from academic awards, honors, scholarships, and prizes

Level II: Departmental Exams, Junior Thesis, Senior Project, or Improper Use of Phone, Texting, or Camera to Copy or Share Information

Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Referral to the Department Chair/Head
  • Referral to the Discipline Office with a Pink Slip and all documentation
  • Teacher and/or Department Chair/Head and Discipline Staff conference with student and parent
  • Student receives a grade of zero
  • Suspension
  • Privileges revoked
  • Electronic device confiscated
  • Teacher may decline to write recommendation
  • Referral to counselor/CSAP
  • Exclusion from academic awards, honors, scholarships, and prizes

Level III: PSAT, AP, IB, PSSA, Standardized Exams

Consequences may include but are not limited to:

  • Referral to Discipline Office and school administrator
  • Student conference with parent in the Discipline Office
  • Possible cancellation of scores
  • Suspension
  • Privileges revoked
  • Referral to the Discipline Office with a Pink Slip and all documentation
  • Referral to counselor/CSAP
  • Exclusion from academic awards, honors, scholarships and prizes
[1] (Source: Piedmont High School, no date. PHS Academic Integrity Policy. Retrieved from http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/phs/academics/academic-integrity.php on 10 August, 2010.)

[2] (Source: Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services (no date). Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It. Retrieved from http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml on 17 June 2010.)