Honor Code (Secondary Grading and Reporting)

Teacher and student responsibilities as well as guidance on how to respond to cheating and plagiarizing.

Cheating and plagiarizing are inappropriate behaviors and shall result in disciplinary action as outlined in Regulation 2601, Student Rights and Responsibilities Booklet

Teachers have the responsibility to:

  • Teach or review the correct use of sources and citations when assigning work.
  • Structure conditions during testing to alleviate the possibility of cheating.
  • Specify the types of collaboration that are discouraged and those that are encouraged.

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Avoid situations that might contribute to cheating or plagiarizing.
  • Avoid unauthorized assistance.
  • Use sources in the prescribed manner.
  • Document borrowed materials by citing sources.
  • Avoid plagiarism by: 
    • using quotation marks for statements taken from others. 
    • acknowledging information and ideas borrowed from any source.
    • consulting faculty members about a questionable situation.
  • Avoid “cutting” and “pasting” from computer text without proper attribution.

Students who violate “the spirit or the letter of the law” as regards to cheating and plagiarizing must accept responsibility for their actions and the accompanying consequences. Consequences may include:

  • A conference including the parent or guardian, student, and administrator.
  • Retaking a test.
  • A lowering of the grade or receiving a zero for the assignment, consistent with the school’s honor code.
  • An alternative assignment or recompletion of the original assignment.