Helena High School
Academic Integrity Policy
February 2009 ~ Updated January 2015
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the use of another’s writing, videos, or graphics, without giving credit to the source. Plagiarism is unacceptable and against federal law and school policy. In fact, it constitutes intellectual theft.
As stated by Wake Forest’s English Department, “To put your name on a piece of work is to say that it is yours, that the praise or criticism due to it is due to you. To put your name on a piece of work any part of which is not yours is plagiarism, unless that piece is clearly marked and the work from which you have borrowed is fully identified. Plagiarism is a form of theft.”
Plagiarism can be any of the following:
What is cheating?
The HHS Student Handbook, Student Codes of Conduct, 1.0 School Process, defines cheating as follows: “Cheat or act in the conduct of cheating – Cheat or cheating means a student acting dishonestly in carrying out any assignments. This may include, but is not limited to, copying assignments, using unauthorized crib sheets for tests, looking at someone else’s test, plagiarizing, copying published works, or permitting another person to perform the assignment.”
Cheating involves taking information from another source or individual and using it without giving credit to the source. Examples of cheating include the following:
Why do we care about plagiarism and cheating at Helena High School?
The faculty of Helena High School is committed to the development of students who are both capable writers and ethical users of information. Our most important objective remains our core educational mission, and we are committed to providing students with the information and skills necessary to avoid plagiarism and cheating in their work. At the same time, we are committed to instilling a sense of academic integrity and personal responsibility.
Classroom teachers work to educate students about proper citation of sources and how to avoid plagiarism in writing. In turn, students are expected to act ethically in their work. Claims of ignorance about plagiarism or cheating will not be accepted as excuses.
How do students avoid plagiarism? Students . . .
Student Responsibilities: Each student has the responsibility to protect the grades and diplomas conferred by Helena High School by . . .
Faculty Responsibilities: Teachers and staff members will create a climate where intellectual honesty is valued and respected by . . .
Parents’ Responsibilities: Parents can help their children avoid the consequences of plagiarism and cheating by . . .
Consequences of plagiarism or cheating – Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy:
If students choose to include ideas for which they do not give credit, even after information is provided to them about proper citation, then the classroom teacher may determine that plagiarism has occurred. Likewise, the classroom teacher may determine that cheating has occurred in some situations.
The teacher should take the following disciplinary actions for violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, for either plagiarism or cheating:
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Seventh Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.
Format used with permission of Sue Vaughn. “Plagiarism and Cheating Policy, McQueen High School.” Mrs. Sue Vaughn, M.A. Washoe County High School, Reno, NV. 22 September 2008.
Wake Forest University Divinity School Handbook. Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
1 September 2008.