The district recognizes that honesty in academic endeavors is essential and the basis for true success. The district, therefore, will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty including plagiarism. In order to deal appropriately with issues of academic honesty, the district uses the following definitions:
Academic Dishonesty: Includes, but is not limited to, bringing answers into a testing area, copying homework or assessments from another student, providing answers or written work for another student, using unauthorized notes or technology, taking credit for work that one didn't do by failing to acknowledge parent, friend, or tutor assistance.
Plagiarism Includes, but not limited to, using unauthorized phrases, lines or sections of texts and taking credit as your own without acknowledging the source or using proper attribution. This includes using someone else's work, ideas or paraphrasing someone else's work or ideas without attribution. The various levels are defined:
- Though most of the work is the student's, a few lines or phrases of text or a paragraph is used without proper attribution.
- A significant portion of the work is not the student's and is not cited. This would include use of multiple paragraphs of someone else's work, use of someone's ideas, and/or repeated paraphrasing of someone else's work without attribution.
- Little, if any, of the work is the student's; most, if not all, of the work has been copied verbatim or copied and slightly altered.
A range of consequences may be implemented for academic dishonesty based on grade level (elementary, middle, high school).