Capuchino High School

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic honesty and integrity are essential to excellence in education. Since assignments, exams and other schoolwork are measures of student performance, honesty is required to ensure accurate measurement of student learning. Each student, IB student, parent and staff member has a responsibility to promote an academic culture that respects and fosters individual achievement.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

  • Integrity (noun): firm adherence act of fraudulently
  • to a code of values; the quality of being complete or undivided; honesty
  • Cheating (noun): the
  • deceiving; obtaining property from another by the intentional active distortion of the truth; the practice of fraud or trickery; violating rules dishonestly
  • Plagiarize (verb): to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own; to use without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

 

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

Simply put, academic integrity means doing schoolwork honestly.  Cheating is gaining advantage dishonestly; plagiarism, a form of cheating, is presenting someone else’s words or ideas as if they were your own.  Students are sometimes legitimately unsure about what is acceptable, and what isn’t.  Teachers should clearly communicate their expectations to students, and make every effort to avoid situations in which students are confused about how they are expected to meet assignment requirements.

 

Level I Violation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Looking at, or allowing someone else to look at your own or another’s paper during an exam, test, or quiz
  • Using unauthorized “cheat” notes, including notes on cell phone, desk or person
  • Talking or communicating with another student during an exam, test, or quiz
  • Copying work assigned to be done independently, or allowing someone else to copy your own or another’s work, including computer-generated information and programs
  • Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, or passages from an un-cited source for a paper, or for research, including work submitted through “Turn It In”
  • Submitting translations from internet translation programs
  • Giving or receiving test information to or from students in other periods of the same teacher or same course

 

NOTE:  Since individual teachers have differing expectations for homework (for instance, some teachers encourage students to work together, while others may expect students to complete assignments independently at home), it is the responsibility of teachers to clarify their expectations to students.

 

Level II Violation include, but not limited to:

  • Submitting papers taken from the internet, other publications, or other students, including papers submitted through “Turn It In”
  • Submitting individual projects and papers that are not wholly your own work
  • Submitting a computer program developed by someone else

 

Level III Violation include, but are not limited to:

  • Stealing examinations, projects or assignments
  • Distributing unauthorized papers or projects to other students
  • Receiving payment or paying for unauthorized papers or projects
  • Altering grades on a computer database, gradebook, or returned work

 

NOTE:  Where appropriate, Level Three violations will also be referred to law enforcement. Any combination totaling three, either in the number of offenses, or in the level of offenses, results in the maximum penalty. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY VIOLATION CONSEQUENCES

 

1st Offense at

Level I

2nd Offense at Level I; or,

1st Offense at Level II

3rd Offense at Level I; or, a combination of a Level I and a Level II Offenses; or,

1st Offense at Level III

  • Student receives zero for the assignment; no make-up work is allowed for assignment
  • Teacher notifies parent (via choice of email, phone call, or email)
  • Teacher notifies administrator via referral
  • Administrator logs first offense in discipline file and warns student about cheating policy
  • Academic Integrity Contract may be signed
  • Detentions may be assigned
  • Student receives zero for the assignment; no make-up work is allowed for assignment
  • Teacher notifies parent (via choice of email, phone call, or mail)
  • Teacher notifies administrator vial referral
  • Administrator logs offense in discipline file and assigns possible detention or suspension
  • Meeting between AP, teacher, parent/guardian and student is arranged
  • Academic Integrity Contract is signed
  • Possible loss of school privileges (sports, dances, activities)
  • Student becomes ineligible for California Scholarship Federation or other awards

 

  • Student receives zero for the assignment, if applicable
  • Teacher notifies parent (via choice of email, phone call, or mail)
  • Teacher notifies administrator vial referral
  • Administrator logs offense in discipline file, and suspends student for a minimum of three days
  • Meeting between AP, teacher, parent/guardian and student is arranged
  • Academic Integrity Contract is signed
  • Suspension and cause are reported to colleges in the student’s record
  • Student becomes ineligible for California Scholarship Federation or other awards
  • Loss of school privileges (sports, dances/prom, activities)
  • Student becomes ineligible to participate in awards and ceremonies, including graduation

 

*Teachers and counselors have the right to deny college or scholarship letters of recommendation for any reason, including involvement in an Academic Integrity violation.

 

The Academic Integrity Committee of Capuchino High School gratefully acknowledges Palo Alto High School and the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, whose policies Capuchino has used in formulating its own position on Academic Integrity.