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Updated : Wednesday, August 17, 2022 4:55 PM

Academic Honesty 22-23

Offenses against academic honesty are any acts which would have the effect of unfairly promoting or enhancing one's academic standing within the entire community of learners which includes, but is not limited to knowingly permitting or assisting any person in the commission of an offense of academic dishonesty.

The following is a list of some, but not all, offenses of academic dishonesty accommodated by the above definition.

1. Plagiarism. This consists of offering as one's own work the words, ideas, or arguments of another. Appropriate attribution in IDOC is required when using another's work. It is the responsibility of all students to understand the methods of proper attribution and to apply those principles in all programming assignments. Plagiarism consists of, but is not limited to, duplicating portions of the code of others with changes in wording. Paraphrasing (discussing program code) program concepts without appropriate IDOC is also plagiarism.

2. Acquiring from other persons or from commercial organizations, or other sources, and submitting, unattributed and as one's own work prepared in whole or in part by others. Finding source code online and submitting it as yours is a violation.

3. Bringing to an examination and/or using crib sheets, supplementary notes, or comparable aids during an examination session except as specifically permitted by the instructor.

4. Soliciting, obtaining, possessing, or providing to another person an examination or portions of an examination prior to or subsequent to the administration of the examination, without the authorization of the instructor.

5. Altering or changing an examination or source code so as to mislead other users or the reader. This includes changing program output in the sample output.

6. Placing personal work in locations accessible to other students such as the public drive, on the local computer outside of the My Documents folder, or web sites.

7. Submitting any work as anyone but yourself.

The above is not an exhaustive list and other instances of academic dishonesty may occur. Their identification will require the prudent judgment of faculty and students. The above definition and examples apply to all of my students.

Brentwood High School Policy


Brentwood High School expects all students to abide by ethical academic standards. Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating or copying the work of another, using technology for illicit purposes, or any unauthorized communication between students for gaining advantage during an examination. Brentwood High School’s Academic Integrity Policy covers all school related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class. The purpose of Brentwood High School’s Academic Integrity Policy is to prepare students for the reality created by the technology explosion, for the world of college and beyond, where cheating and plagiarism have dire consequences.
Plagiarism is not the same as cooperation or collaboration. Teachers often expect, even encourage, students to work on assignments collectively. This is okay, as long as the student properly cites the author and date. 

Collaboration is to work together (with permission) in a joint intellectual effort.

Plagiarism is to commit literary theft to steal and pass off as one’s own ideas or words, and to create the production of another. When you use someone else’s words, you must put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by citing the source. Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else, if you use someone

else’s ideas you must give the author credit. Some Internet users believe that anything available on-line is public domain. Such is not the case. Ideas belong to those who create and articulate them. To use someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit to the originator is stealing.

Cheating is a serious violation of the process of education.  It includes, but is not limited to, the willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage over other students in schoolwork or activities. 

Some examples are as follows:

Unauthorized copying of assignments (including computer documents and files)

Stealing another student’s homework and turning it in as one’s own

Plagiarism; submitting pre-written work for set classroom exercises or tests

Using unauthorized study aids, notes, books, data, or other information

Selling or buying or sharing papers without authorization

Altering an assignment or test after it has been graded

Stealing tests or other unauthorized material, or passing such material stolen by others

Talking or signaling to another student during a test or quiz

Looking at another student’s answers during a test or quiz, or permitting another student to look at one’s own test or quiz; possessing or using “crib” or cheat sheets

Leaving books open on the floor to view during a test or quiz

Using unauthorized calculators, palm computers, or other electronic devices to obtain answers during tests or quizzes

Passing test information on to students in other classes; computer fraud; sabotaging the project or experiments of other students.  

Intending to cheat is considered the same as cheating.

Forgery or stealing includes, but is not limited to, gaining unauthorized access to exams or answers to an exam, altering computer or grade-book records, or forging signatures for the purpose of academic advantage.

The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty is based on specific evidence provided by the classroom teacher or other supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from others. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to disciplinary as well as academic penalties, and shall be disciplined accordingly by their teacher and administrator. 

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