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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

WAMS Policy

 

Social Studies Academic Integrity

 

 

It is expected that all students demonstrate acceptable and appropriate standards and practices reflective of the William Annin Middle School community.  Honesty reflects a respect for the integrity of education.  Cheating at Annin is a violation of Annin’s standards and practices.

 

Cheating is defined as presenting another person’s work as your own, allowing a person to use your work as his or her own, using an unauthorized source, or falsifying references for an academic assignment.

Incidents of cheating are, but not limited to:

 

  • Plagiarism:  taking credit for the work of another student/source (see section below).
  • Copying homework.
  • Copying from the paper/source of another student during a test, quiz, exam or assignment.
  • The use of an unauthorized source/reference for an assignment.
  • The use of an unauthorized source/reference during a test, quiz or exam.
  • Discussing tests, quizzes or exams outside of the classroom.
  • Providing a student with answers during a test, quiz, lab, or exam.
  • Falsifying or modifying references/sources for an assignment includes, but is not limited to, computer programs, books, Internet, web sites.

 

Academic consequences for cheating are, but not limited to:

 

  • The student may receive a zero.
  • The student may receive partial credit.
  • The student may be asked to complete an alternate activity or assignment.

 

Behavioral consequences for cheating are, but not limited to:

 

  • A student conference with teacher, guidance, administration and parent.
  • Notification to parent.
  • The student will be subject to appropriate, grade-level discipline consequences as deemed necessary                                by the administration.

 

Working Together vs. Copying:  In many situations, you will be working with a partner or in small groups.  Working together means that you are sharing ideas not answers.  Every student is expected to do his/her own work and answer all questions in his/her own words.  If situations occur where students are turning in identical work (i.e. copying from each other), all involved students will receive a zero for that activity.

 

 

PLAGIARISM

 

Plagiarism is taking credit for words, ideas, images (or other works of art), sounds (or other media), that are not your own.  Plagiarism applies equally to the work of other students as to published and online sources.  Plagiarism can even include the organization of ideas.  Plagiarism is a form of cheating, and the consequences are listed in the cheating section above.

 

The most common types of plagiarism are as follows:

  • Sections (words, phrases, sentences or paragraphs) copied verbatim (word for word) without quotation marks and proper documentation.
  • Sections copied with quotation marks but without citation.
  • Language copied directly from a source with occasional substitution of words or phrases without citation.
  • Ideas, which are paraphrased or summarized without citation.
  • Failure to provide a works cited page.
  • The use of ideas, organization, or themes in any form, including poems, short stories, essays, research, music and art without giving proper credit.
  • Turning in another student's paper, or any part of it, as your own.
  • Any other act, which effectively "steals" from another source.

 

 

FORGING

 

Forging is defined as writing the initials or signature of another person.

 

Incidents of forging are, but not limited to:

 

  • Writing a parent’s initials on a school assignment and/or document.
  • Signing a parent’s name on a school assignment, test, quiz or exam.
  • Signing a parent’s name on a school permission slip and/or other document.

 

Behavioral consequences for forging are, but not limited to:

 

  • A student conference with teacher, guidance, administration and parent.
  • Notification to parent.
  • The student will be subject to appropriate, grade-level discipline consequences as deemed necessary                                by the administration.