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3110 - ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The Board of Education believes that academic integrity is essential to maintaining a healthy learning environment.  Schools should maintain high standards for academic integrity; actively support a school culture based on honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility; ensure that student work is meaningful; educate students regarding the standards of academic integrity; and ensure that students understand why academic dishonesty disadvantages them.  School honor codes must clearly outline standards for academic integrity and be communicated to all stakeholders.

 

Preconditions for establishing a school culture that fosters academic integrity are:

  • Meaningful student work
  • Fair assessments
  • A transparent grading system that accurately reflects student achievement.

 

School cultures must foster the following values that underlie and support academic integrity.

  • Honesty to enable students to assess their own knowledge and skills and seek appropriate help rather than cheating.
  • Trust to protect and promote the free exchange of ideas so that students have confidence their participation is welcomed and valued.
  • Fairness to ensure equal assessment practices so that students understand what they have achieved relative to a known, external standard.
  • Respect to ensure that students value the work and ideas of others and therefore do not plagiarize or allow their work to be inappropriately copied.
  • Responsibility to ensure that students feel personally accountable for their choices and for supporting academic integrity in their school, including seeking adult help if they are aware that others have broken academic integrity policies.

 

All schools shall have an honor code that must be consistent with the Student Code of Conduct adopted by the Board of Education.  Schools must inform students regarding their honor code expectations and consequences for non-compliance.   The Board of Education expects all secondary students to sign and uphold their school’s honor code.

 

The Superintendent shall adopt procedures to monitor the implementation of the Academic Integrity Policy including regular reporting to the Board of Education.

 

Cross reference:  Policy 4301, Student Code of Conduct, Rule 2.
Adopted Effective December 20, 2010