Academic Honesty

  • Academic honesty can be defined many ways, but the standard for judgment always comes back to the question of who is the originator of student work. The academically honest student submits work and/or performances which are a product of the student’s own efforts. The academically dishonest student cannot lay claim to being the author or work and/or performances originating with someone else and submitted by the student for evaluation or consideration by teachers, administrators, other school staff, or peers.
    Cheating includes but is not necessary limited to:
    • Using dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means to obtain or attempt to obtain credit for academic work
    • Using notes, aides, or the help of another student on tests in ways other than those expressly permitted by the teacher
    • Looking at another student’s test or answers
    • Talking to another student during a test or quiz
    • Copying or allowing another student to copy from one’s own test and other course work
    • Tampering with an instructor’s record of student grades/scores
    • Unauthorized accessing, deleting, modifying, transferring or using any analog or digital files/software/programs locally or by remote access (this includes the use of cell phones during class time)
    Plagiarism is:
    • Taking the specific substance of another person's work and offering it as one's own without giving credit to that source
    • Not using quotation marks, internal documentation (such as M.L.A), or footnotes to denote material that has been directly quoted from another source, including the internet
    • Paraphrasing an author without proper acknowledgement (Paraphrasing is defined as using an author’s ideas by rewording and/or rearranging that author’s original text)
    Fabrication is:
    • The intentional use of invented information or the falsification or research or projects or other products with the intent to deceive.
    • Citation of information not taken from the source indicated.
    • Listing sources in a bibliography not directly used in the academic exercise.
    • Submission in a paper, lab report, or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or evidence, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or evidence.
    • Submitting as one’s own any academic exercise, written work, printing, music, or artwork prepared totally or in part by another person.
    • Taking a test for someone else or permitting someone else to take a test for you.
    Responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and administrators:
    • The student is expected to adhere to the tenets of academic dishonesty in completing all school-related tests, quizzes, projects, reports, homework assignments, activities, and other academic work, both in and out of class.
    • The parent is expected to adopt the spirit and intent of this policy by reviewing the policy with their student and encouraging the student to practice honesty in all matters.
    • The teacher is expected to promote academic honesty through ongoing reference to and application of the District Moral and Civic Values. The teacher shall instruct students in proper research and study skills appropriate to each subject and assignment. The teacher is expected to make clear to students the fact that the tenets of the academic honesty policy will be strictly enforced. Finally, the teacher is expected to initiate appropriate consequences when any student is found to have exhibited academic misconduct.
    • The administrator is expected to support the spirit of academic honesty with students, parents, counselors, teachers and other staff members in conferences and in each classroom. Disciplinary action taken with students concerning the Academic Honesty Policy will follow the process as outlined below.
    Process for Disciplinary Action for Academic Dishonesty
    • The student will be confronted by the teacher of the class where the infraction occurs
    • The administration will be informed of the infraction
    • The teacher or administrator will contact the parent to state the issue, review this policy, and explain disciplinary consequences
    • Disciplinary action will be effected by the school.
    • Infractions will be recorded on the student’s permanent discipline file
    • Local, state or federal law enforcement officials will be alerted in the event that the infraction is of a criminal nature
    Disciplinary Action for Academic Dishonesty
    The consequences for a student’s first time involvement in an act of academic dishonesty may include any or all of the following:
    1. The student will receive an automatic “F” (zero) on the assignment or test.
    2. The student will be placed on academic probation.
    3. The teacher will contact the student’s parent(s).
    4. An “N” or “U” will be recorded on the next grade report.
    5. If the student is involved in an act of academic dishonesty in the class in which he/she is a student aide, the student may be dropped from the class with no credit.
    6. The teacher may refer the student to an administrator who may impose additional consequences including but not limited to detention, Saturday school, and/or suspension.
    7. A record of the offense will be placed in the student’s cumulative folder and discipline file.
    8. If the student is a member, he/she may be dropped from NHS or CSF clubs.
    Violations of the Academic Honesty Code are cumulative during the student’s attendance at Buena Park High School. Therefore, a second offense, whether it occurs in the same class as the first offense or in another class during the same or a subsequent semester or year, will result in consequences outlined under the “Second Offense” provisions listed below.
    The consequences for a student’s subsequent involvement in an act of academic dishonesty may include any or all of the following The teacher will contact the student’s parent(s).
    1. A record of the referral and discipline action taken will be placed in the student’s cumulative folder.
    2. The teacher will contact the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).
    3. The student will be removed from the course with a grade of “F” and no credits.
    4. The student will be removed from CSF and/or NHS.
    5. The student will receive a “U” in citizenship in that particular class.
    6. Additional consequences may be assigned by an administrator (such as suspension, referral for expulsion, removal from extracurricular activities, etc.)
    Students who violate the Academic Honesty Code while taking major examinations such as the PSAT and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) will have their exam invalidated and will be subject to the consequences listed above.
    Right to Appeal
    Pursuant to Section 48904 of the California Education Code, the student and/or parent has a right to appeal the implementation of Academic Honesty Code consequences if it is felt that due process has not been followed.