Plagiarism (academic dishonesty) presents a significant problem in all school systems, and it is important that students clearly understand the definition and consequences. Students: please read this information carefully as it could impact your grade in a course.

Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in our school. It is unacceptable. An educational institution owes its students an environment that teaches and supports honesty and integrity. If in doubt about what counts as plagiarism, or about how to properly reference a source (like text or images from a book or online), please consult your instructor. Other forms of academic dishonesty include: cheating on exams, double submission of papers, aiding dishonesty, and falsification of records. If academic dishonesty is proven, at the very least you may fail the course depending on review by the schools site coordinator. If you are tempted to plagiarize because you are in crisis, it is always better to speak to your instructor, an advisor, or another trusted authority in our organization who can help you handle the crisis.

Statement Regarding Academic Misconduct:

To put it bluntly, plagiarism is theft and fraud --- it is the theft of someone else's ideas, words, pictures, approach, and phrasing; it's fraud because the student is trying to profit (a grade) by claiming someone elses work as his/her own.Because plagiarism can have severe disciplinary consequences, it is crucial to understand the concept. Just as scientists demand complete and accurate information about experiments so that they duplicate and check those experiments, so scholars and readers demand complete information so they can check your use of sources and accuracy in reporting what others said. In all academic writing you must give complete citations (e.g., author, title, source, page, URL) each time you use someone else's ideas, words, phrasing, or unusual information. An insidious form of plagiarism is the "patchwork paper" --- some words and ideas taken from 'source A' are stitched together with words and ideas from 'source B' and 'source C' and....

Your essays and all writing should be your own work, and if there is any question about whether the student's paper is his or her own work, instructors have been directed to bring the paper directly to schools site coordinator.

Every effort will be made to determine whether the paper is plagiarized. This is an attempt to be fair to the teachers and the other students in the course.

There are 4 guidelines for using sources in your essays:

  1. There is never a good reason to paraphrase a source --- either summarize it in your own words or quote it exactly (citing the source in either case).
  2. When you quote, quote exactly, use quotation marks, and cite the source.
  3. When you use information that might not be considered common knowledge, cite the source.
  4. When in doubt about whether or not to give a citation, always give a citation.

School Policy:

Students cheating on assessments/assignments/tests in a given class will be disciplined under the following guidelines:

  • Failure or zero on the assignment or test;
  • Conference with parents, teacher and/or administrator;
  • Possible failure of course;
  • Suspension from further coursework with our school.