Academic Honesty

Woodridge School District 68 believes the basis of all learning starts with a firm conviction in the value of integrity. Dishonest behavior is a detriment to all educational goals. Academic dishonesty disgraces the students involved, their families, and their community. Such behavior should not be tolerated.

We recognize that cooperative learning is a beneficial instructional practice. When the practice is acceptable to the teacher, the teacher’s expectations must be clearly explained. If not clearly delineated as approved, the copying of academic work will be considered cheating.

Responsibilities

  • Student: The student is the person most responsible for his / her own education. Under no circumstances should a student claim any work in part or whole that is not the student’s own. Unauthorized sharing of one’s work will not be tolerated.
  • Parents: As partners in the educational process, parents must teach and support the ethical value of honesty. It is the parents’ responsibility to share in the enforcement of the school’s academic honesty policy.
  • Teachers: Teachers are expected to perform their instructional responsibilities in such a manner as to minimize the potential for dishonesty. Teachers have an educational responsibility to clarify general and specific academic honesty expectations.

Definitions

Cheating occurs when a student obtains or assists others in obtaining credit for work that is not their own. Plagiarism is the act of appropriating the ideas, language, or work of another, and passing them off as one’s own product. Examples of cheating and/or plagiarism include but are not limited to the following:

  • Copying from another student’s test or helping another student during a test.
  • Providing or accepting information regarding specific test content.
  • Submitting another person’s work as one’s own.
  • Stealing copies of tests or answer keys.
  • Copying another student’s homework, test, quiz, project, book report, assignment, or take home test.
  • Allowing another student to copy a test, homework assignment, quiz, project, book report, assignment, or take home test.
  • Presenting materials taken from sources, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, or the Internet without appropriate documentation.
  • Changing answers on a test, assignment, or project after grading.
  • Changing grades in a grade book or altering a computer grading program.
  • Using programmable calculators in a manner not specified by the teacher.

If a student or parent has a concern about whether a particular behavior is ethical, he or she should discuss the behavior with the teacher prior to taking such action.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

The disciplinary consequences that will result from not following the academic honesty principles, as outlined above, are to be immediately addressed by the teacher, student, parent, and principal.