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Academic Integrity Practices

Lemont High School believes in academic success achieved solely by demonstrating integrity, honesty and ethical behaviors in all academic pursuits. This is accomplished through the cooperation of students, parents/guardians and teachers.

Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, ideas, research or documentation without giving proper credit to the source. It goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for or during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as theft or falsification of records and files.

A teacher’s professional judgment guides the implementation of the school’s Academic Integrity Practices. The teacher is responsible for setting academic expectations, explaining the consequences of violating these practices, evaluating any evidence of student misconduct in the light of these practices, and determining whether a student has violated these practices. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a sensible manner and not give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation of the Academic Integrity Practices.

In order for the Academic Integrity Practices to be effective, teachers, parents/guardians and students must understand, accept and share responsibilities.

Students
are expected to conduct themselves according to classroom expectations and school rules, and to perform in a manner that reflects their knowledge and integrity.

Students will:
  • Set aside sufficient time to study.
  • Protect their work, which includes not lending others their work and not borrowing others’ work.
  • Use technology appropriately, as directed by their teacher.
  • Understand the potential consequences regarding membership to any honorary societies, including but not limited to the National Honor Society, that may result from violating the Academic Integrity Practices.
  • Observe test time limits.
  • Learn how to attribute properly by citation, footnote and bibliography.
  • Not look at another’s test or allow their tests to be viewed by another student.
  • Not represent as their own the work of a parent, brother, sister, or anyone else.
  • Not talk during a test or about the test until all classes have had a chance to take it.
  • Not allow one member of a team to do the whole task.
  • Not enter teacher offices and other restricted areas without permission, and/or being accompanied by a staff person.
As partners in the educational process, parents/guardians are asked to support the school’s Academic Integrity Practices and the enforcement of these practices.

Parents/guardians will:
  • Read and know the school’s Academic Integrity Practices.
  • Help students understand they value academic integrity and expect students to comply with the school’s practices.
  • Support the imposition of consequences for violating these practices.
  • Require students to do their own work.
  • Ensure that students’ work remains their own when helping with assignments.
  • Understand the potential consequences regarding membership to any honorary societies, including but not limited to the National Honor Society, that may result from violating the Academic Integrity Practices.
Teachers are expected to carry out their instructional responsibilities in such a manner as to minimize the potential for dishonesty, and to be fair and consistent in the implementation of consequences for cheating.

Teachers will:
  • Be precise about expectations by clearly stating the Academic Integrity Practices, orally and in writing.
  • Communicate to students the range of consequences for violating these practices, including potential consequences regarding membership to any honorary societies, including but not limited to the National Honor Society, that may result from violating the Academic Integrity Practices.
  • Address the use of study aids (i.e., SparkNotes, tutors, etc.) in course work.
  • Clearly specify when collaboration with other students is permitted on an assignment.
  • Report violations of the Academic Integrity Practices regarding their own class assignments to an administrator.
  • Report violations of the Academic Integrity Practices regarding another teacher’s class assignments to that teacher.
  • Tell students when they are allowed to discuss a test after it has been given.
  • Create an environment to deter violations of the Academic Integrity Practices.

Definitions

Cheating occurs when a student obtains, or assists others in obtaining, credit for work that is not his/her own, whether it is accessed orally, in writing, graphically or electronically.

Plagiarizing is the unauthorized use of another person’s work, idea or language without due credit. Plagiarism includes word-for-word copying, copying of ideas and/or key words, copying specific words and phrases (here and there), not citing a source of information, or using falsified information.

Forgery/proxy is the use of an alternate or “stand in” during an assessment, or forgery of signatures for the purpose of academic advantage.

Collaboration is a recognized instructional practice. When acceptable to the teacher for a project or assignment, he/she must clearly explain this expectation to students. If not clearly delineated as approved, copying homework, papers, tests, quizzes, reports, etc. will be considered instances of cheating.

Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

The Academic Integrity Practices will be enforced cumulatively throughout a student’s high school career and will apply to more significant assignments, including, but not limited to, essays, projects and tests. Cheating/dishonesty on more routine assignments such as daily homework or end-of-chapter questions will be handled by the classroom teacher, though the teacher may still refer the student under this policy if the behavior persists. The significance of the assignment is at the teacher’s discretion.

Academic Dishonesty Consequences include:
  • Zero on assignment, with potential partial credit recovery based on department guidelines
  • Note placed on assignment comment in Skyward Gradebook
  • Academic integrity report is recorded in Skyward
  • Communication with parent/guardian

 

Consequences for Gross Academic Dishonesty

This behavior is characterized as a combination of an academic violation (cheating, plagiarizing or forgery) and a disciplinary violation as defined by the school’s disciplinary code of conduct. Examples of this behavior include, but are not limited to, stealing of tests, answer keys or materials; distribution of tests, answer keys or materials; altering grades; and/or profiting from assisting another student to commit an act of cheating.

Gross Academic Dishonesty Consequences include:
  • Zero on assignment
  • Note placed on assignment comment in Skyward Gradebook
  • Academic integrity report is recorded in Skyward
  • Communication with parent/guardian
  • Referral to the Dean with disciplinary consequences
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