Academic Integrity Policies

The Saint Francis faculty and administration believe in academic honesty and the principle of the honor code. Students are expected to do their own homework, to test without external resources and to submit original work for all assignments. Saint Francis students are also expected to deny all requests to copy or to share from their own work. Violation of this principle is subject to suspension from school and further disciplinary and academic penalties.

Definitions

PLAGIARISM:

“Fundamentally, plagiarism is the offering of the words or ideas of another person as one’s own” (Writing Research Papers 78).

Plagiarism includes:

  1. The use of another person’s work, in part or in full.
  2. This includes copying homework.
  3. The use of material without documentation, in part or in full.
  4. Paraphrasing original material without documentation.

CHEATING:

Cheating is an attempt to improve one’s score or to help to improve someone else’s score through dishonest means.

Cheating includes:

  1. The use or possession of another person’s test/answers either before or during the exam.
  2. The use or possession of notes, answers, cheat sheets, screen shots, electronic devices or other sources not approved by the teacher during the exam.
  3. The stealing/receiving of test papers or taking/possessing a photo of the test prior to the test or 
  4. The giving/receiving of specific test information in any format
  5. Marking answers after the test period is over.

GENERAL TESTING PROCEDURES FOR ALL CLASSES:

In order to reach consistency in our teaching of academic ethics at Saint Francis, the faculty agrees to a set of general procedures for all testing situations at Saint Francis. While each teacher has the professional right to adopt additional rules consistent with his/her philosophy, all students can expect to follow the testing procedures listed below:

  1. Students must follow teacher directions.
  2. Students cannot talk to other students during the examination period. 
  3. Students must keep their eyes on their own paper during the exam. 
  4. Students must cover their answers to the test.

Penalties

PLAGIARISM:

The academic penalty for plagiarism is a zero (0) on the assignment and referral to the Dean of Students for all students involved. Students are subject to suspension from school and further disciplinary penalties.

CHEATING:

The academic penalty for cheating is a zero (0) on the test or quiz and referral to the Dean of Students for all students involved. Students are subject to suspension from school and further disciplinary penalties.

SHARING HOMEWORK:

The academic penalty for sharing homework is a zero (0) on the assignment for the student(s) giving and/or receiving the homework, and a referral to the Dean of Students.

VIOLATING TESTING PROCEDURES:

Violations of testing procedures are usually referred to the Dean of Students. The penalty for violating testing procedures will be determined by the Dean in consultation with the teacher.

NHS, CSF and FLHS:

Any student that violates the principle of Academic Ethics as defined by PLAGIARISM, CHEATING, or SHARING OF HOMEWORK, will usually be dismissed from further membership in the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation or Foreign Language Honor Society. In addition, it may keep students from being inducted into either of these honor societies and may affect other school activities. Student discipline records are taken into consideration when students apply to the honor societies.

Saint Francis High School1885 Miramonte AvenueMountain View, California 94040650 968-1213Fax: 650 968-1706
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