Academic Honesty

  • The well being of the school community depends on each student's accepting responsibility for his or her personal conduct in both social and academic endeavors. In this regard, students are expected to attend LHHS ready to learn and in their learning demonstrate the ability to discern right from wrong. A student's moral awareness as it applies to the academic environment is foundational to his or her success at LHHS where the student must engage in an honest and integral pursuit of knowledge.

    Academic honesty depends on the student taking responsibility for producing work that is reflective of the student'' best effort. Academic dishonesty is evidenced by cheating or plagiarizing and involves an attempt by a student to show possession of knowledge and skills he/she does not possess.

    The following actions are reflective of academic dishonesty and are subject to disciplinary action by teacher, school, and/or district. Some offenses may be criminal in nature and therefore prosecutable under local, state, or federal laws.

    • Using dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means to obtain or attempt to obtain credit for academic work;

    • Using notes, aids, or another student's assistance to complete a test, a project or other assignment in a way other than that expressly permitted by the teacher. Unless otherwise directed by the teacher, students should accomplish all assignments individually;

    • Looking at another student's test, answer sheet, or other materials;

    • Talking during a test. The teacher cannot be expected to determine the content of a private conversation between students; therefore, all talking during tests is considered cheating;

    • Copying from or allowing another student to copy from a test, homework, or other course work which is not intended to be collaborative in nature;

    • Tampering with an instructor's records of grades or scores;

    • Abusing the privilege the Internet access as stated in LHHS's Policy for Use of the Internet;

    • Accessing, deleting, modifying, transferring, or receiving of computerized files without authorization of the teacher. Although a student may authorize another student to copy or transfer electronic files, this action is considered cheating if effected without teacher permission;

    • Plagiarizing materials; that is taking the specific or general substance of another person's work and offering it as one's own work without giving credit to the original author. Plagiarizing encompasses omitting quotation marks for directly quoted material, omitting bibliographic references either in the text or on a source page appended at the end of the assignment, and/or paraphrasing an author without giving credit to that author for use of his or her ideas. Paraphrasing is the student's uses of an author's ideas by rewording and/or rearranging that author's original text.

    Student, Parent/Guardian, and Teacher Responsibilities: Students are expected to adhere to the principles of this policy in completing all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, homework, assignments, and other academic work both in class and out of class.

    Parents/guardians are expected to support the spirit and intent of this policy by reviewing the policy with their students and encouraging the students to practice academic honesty.

    Teachers are expected to promote the academic honesty policy through ongoing reference to and application of the District Moral and Civic Values, to make clear to students the fact that the principles of the policy will be strictly enforced and to act on and enforce appropriate consequences when a student is found to have violated the academic honesty policy.

    Students found to have been involved in any act of academic dishonesty may be subject to a failing grade on related assignments, removal from the class with no credit, removal from academic honor organizations, transfer to another school, suspension, expulsion, and other appropriate consequences.