Academic Integrity

Students are expected to demonstrate honesty and integrity while in attendance at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School. Each student is expected to do his or her own work on individual assignments. This includes test taking, homework, class work, and the original creation of essays, research papers, and other writing assignments. There is no distinction between giving or receiving unauthorized help; the one who helps to cheat will be held as accountable as the one who benefits from the cheating.  All work submitted by a student should be a true reflection of his or her own effort and ability.  If submitted work is not, then the student has demonstrated unacceptable academic behavior. The following criteria are considered unacceptable academic behavior:

A. Claiming credit for work not the product of one’s own honest effort.

B. The lending, copying, or giving of answers or information on any assignments or test to acquire credit.

C. Providing unwarranted access to materials or information so that credit may be dishonestly claimed by others.

D. Forging or falsifying of any school/teacher records or forms.

E. Behaviors such as talking, looking on another’s paper, or any action that gives the appearance of dishonest behavior during a testing situation.

F. Knowledge and tolerance of any of the above.

Students who violate this academic honesty policy will be held to the following consequences**:

First Offense

v  Zero Credit Earned at Teacher Discretion

v  Staff Notifies Parent

v  Behavior Documented in Discipline Record

v  Referral to Administration

v  Work Habits and Citizenship Marks (TBD)

Second Offense

v  Zero Credit Earned at Teacher Discretion

v  Staff Notifies Parent

v  Behavior Documented in Discipline Record

v  Meeting with Administration

v  Academic Honesty Essay

v  Detention or In-House Suspension from Class

v  Work Habits and Citizenship Marks (TBD)

Third Offense

v  Zero Credit Earned at Teacher Discretion

v  Staff Notifies Parent

v  Behavior Documented in Discipline Record

v  Meeting with Administration and Parents

v  Suspension for Defiance (at Administration’s discretion)

v  Work Habits and Citizenship Marks (TBD)

** Students that help others cheat by providing them with their work will be subject to the same consequences as those who benefit from the cheating.