Academic Honesty Policy

BEHAVIORS WHICH CONSTITUTE ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:

(The Following List is non exhaustive)

Plagarism

  • Copying or pasting text from electronic or printed sources without proper citation

  • Editing, rewriting, or paraphrasing an original source without permission or acknowledgement

  • Copying another student's work with or without permission

  • Buying or using any work and claiming it as one's own

    Fraud

  • Taking credit for work you did not do yourself

  • Using unfair or unethical methods to obtain answers to a quiz or test

  • Assisting another student in academic dishonesty either by giving another student your paper or answer, or allowing another student to copy answers of an assignment, quiz, or test

  • Obtaining a copy of a quiz or test prior to its distribution to your class

  • Using a teacher's answer key without proper authorization

  • Using a source when the assignment prohibits the use of a source

  • Submitting the same paper or project for more than one course without permission from the teacher

    POLICY PROCEDURES

    Instances of plagiarism and fraud are reported to the appropriate grade level Assistant Principal. At the discretion of the Assistant Principal, the teacher who reported the dishonesty or the Assistant Principal may notify the student's parents/guardian of the suspected dishonesty.

    The Assistant Principal, in conjunction with the reporting faculty member and/or the academic department chair, will determine if the student's work contains plagiarized material or fraudulently obtained answers. The Assistant principal will also determine if another student has given information and has thus subjected himself/herself to the consequences of the academic dishonesty policy.

    A Student who has engaged in plagiarism or fraud may be required to demonstrate academic proficiency by completing the assignment or examination without credit. A student may also be asked to make satisfactory explanation before the student's parent, teacher and/or Assistant principal.

    ACADEMIC CONSEQUENCES OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

    A Student found quilty of academic dishonesty forfeits the privalege of honor role status for a semester.

    If it is determined that a student's work, to include written class assignments, homework, classroom tests, take-home examinations or end of semester examinations, contains plagiarized material or fraudulently obtained answers, the student will receive no credit (0%) for that assignment or examination. Similarly, if it is determined that another student gave information, allowed his/her work to be copied or assisted in cheating, the assisting student will also receive no credit (0%) for the assignment.

    A student who has plagiarized or committed fraud on a final assesment, to include a final examination or written term paper, will receive no credit (0%) for the assesment and a failing grade for the course.

    A student who has received a failing course grade as a result of plagiarism or fraud must successfully repeat the course in summer school before receiving academic credit and/or being permitted to continue their course of study at Aquinas.

    As graduation is an academic ceremony, any senior who plagiarizes or commits fraud on a final assessment, to include a semester final examination or written term paper, will not be eligible to participate in formal graduation ceremonies. This prohibition applies to both required and non-required senior courses.

    DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

    At the discretion of the Assistant Principal, a student who has plagiarized or committed fraud may be placed on disciplinary probation.

    A student who has plagiarized or commited fraud on a final assessment, to include final examination or written term paper, may be subject to immediate expulsion from Aquinas.

    Policy Effective: 1/29/02

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