Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Robbinsville High Schoolis committed to the promotion of intellectual and moral development. The fulfillment of these goals depends largely upon the personal honesty of each student and on the bond of mutual trust that exists between faculty and students. All course requirements are expected to be fulfilled by work that is the exclusive product of one’s own effort, without unauthorized help from any other source. The assumption of academic integrity is an essential element in the educational process.

Students should demonstrate integrity and honesty at all times. Simply stated, cheating is taking credit for work that is not one’s own. Cheating will result in loss of credit for the assignment and may result in further disciplinary action as determined by the high school administration. Records of cheating by students will be maintained throughout a student’s full four years of attendance.

Students must also recognize the difference between collaborative learning and academic dishonesty. We at RHS value working together and learning from one another. We recognize the importance of every learner putting forth effort and contributing to collective purpose.

It is important that every member of the school community has a clear understanding of not only academic integrity, but alsoVIOLATIONS OF THE HONOR CODE.Teachers may also add to the following list as this is the minimum requirements. The following are the goals and qualities of academic integrity as well as acts of academic dishonesty:

1.    Cheating is a violation of academic integrity.

2.    Cheating is taking credit for any work that is not one’s own.

3.     Cheating is violating teacher guidelines for production of assignments.

4.     Teachers will define guidelines for independent and cooperative work in each class.

5.     While work receiving a zero because of cheating cannot be made up for credit, the teacher  may require the student(s) to make up work for educational purposes.

6.     The parents or guardians will be contacted by the teacher.

7.     The office will be notified of each instance of cheating on an appropriate form with appropriate documentation. This information will be kept on file for the duration of the student’s career. Saturday detention will be assigned for each offense.

The following are examples of violations of the academic code:

1.    Copying homework verbally, in written for, or by electronic means.

2.    Sharing homework with a peer so he/she can copy it.

3.    Students who cheat, including those who help others cheat, will receive no credit for the activities in question (including homework).

4.    Copying and/or offering answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form, or by electronic means, whether that occurs at home, in the car, in town, in the classroom, or any other part of the school building.

5.    Bringing in unauthorized information during class time, including information stored in a calculator of cell phone (i.e. cheat sheets)

6.    Offering or receiving information under circumstances when information is not be shared (i.e asking about/sharing information that is on a test).

7.    Selling answers, papers, or study guides to peers.

8.    Being a part of a learning group and not permitting others to contribute.

9.    Being a part of learning group and allowing other group members to do all of the work.

10.  Having anyone, including parents or tutors, complete assignments and submitting the work as my own.

11.  Copying answers from answer guides in texts.

12.  Fabricating data, information or sources.

13.  Presenting non-original work as my own.

14.  Plagiarizing passages or sentences from texts, reference book, or the Internet.

15.  Pressuring other students to violate the Honor Code.

Plagiarism is copying all or part of another person’s work (ideas as well as exact words) as if they were the copier’s own. It is stealing; it is illegal and unethical. Any use of pictures, graphics, videos, sound recordings, etc., from computer databases, the Internet, books or magazines, must be documented appropriately.  Anyone plagiarizing will face severe penalties; plagiarized work will not be accepted nor will credit be given. The plagiarism incident will remain on file until the student’s senior year.Saturday detention will be assigned for each offense.

To avoid plagiarism, students must follow the guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA).

In addition, students must:

1.    practice responsible note-taking,

2.    understand the significance of copyright laws,

3.    document all sources, and

4.    give credit to others for their thoughts/ideas/opinions.

Colleges and businesses alike will not tolerate any form of plagiarism. Consequences may include the loss of college credit as well as loss of wages, job termination or even lawsuits.