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Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

Students at Staten Island Technical High School are expected to adhere to the school’s Academic Honesty Policy at all times in order to uphold the integrity of the SITHS assessment process as well as preserve the fairness of the system as far as possible.

When assessments are conducted or projects assigned, it is the school’s assumption that the teacher in charge of the class will be evaluating authentic student work produced by the individual whose name appears on that assignment. Academic honesty is taken very seriously by the school administration, faculty, parents, students, colleges and universities.

Students are expected to know what academic behaviors are acceptable and which are not. Ignorance of the rules is not an excuse. Student work is to be completed solely by the individual unless the instructor specifically states that cooperative work is acceptable.

Infractions of the school-wide Academic Honesty Policy will result in a restorative action. We strongly encourage all student members to report any violations of the policy to either the subject area teacher or department Assistant Principal.

Academic Honesty Protocol

All occurrences of Academic Dishonesty will be brought to the attention of the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) Faculty Council, the Scholarship Committee and College Office.

All occurrences of Academic Dishonesty (cheating, colluding, and plagiarism) will lead to “F” in the Sub-Category of Habits of Success: “Character” within the Marking Period of the Occurrence.

In addition, a grade of “AD” (Academic Dishonesty; equivalent to an “F” / (0) will be entered for the assignment in the “Learning Progress” section of the SITHS Universal Grading Policy category in accordance with the respective “Act” of Academic Dishonesty (see Acts of Academic Dishonesty on next page). After a student’s first documented act of Academic Dishonesty, any subsequent acts will follow the respective protocols:

ACTS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

 

2nd Occurrence of Academic Dishonesty within a student’s high school career.

Dean will schedule a Parent Conference with the Assistant Principal of that Department. At this conference, the following will take place:

  • Discussion regarding student’s academic dishonesty.

  • Notification that student cannot apply for the National Honor Society during the 11th grade (reapplication can occur during their 12th grade year if no subsequent acts of Academic Dishonesty should occur.)

  • If student is currently in 12th grade, student will be removed from the National Honor Society Membership should they currently be a member.

  • AP and Dean will give a formal warning regarding the measures taken should a 3rdoccurrence of Academic Dishonesty take place.

3rd Occurrence of Academic Dishonesty within a student’s high school career.

Dean will schedule a Principal’s conference with parents/guardians and student. At this conference, the following will take place:

  • Formal notification by Principal informing both student and parent that this 3rdoccurrence of Academic Dishonesty will result in notification to the student’s intended college choices.

  • The College Guidance Counselor will notify the student’s intended college choices of the student’s occurrences of Academic Dishonesty.

 
If CHEATING is suspected, then the following ACTION IS TO BE TAKEN BY TEACHER:
  1. Instruct the student to hand over all unauthorized testing materials and/or devices utilized for cheating (if applicable).
  2. If the student is found to be cheating during the exam, the subject class teacher must change the individual’s seat and allow him or her to finish the exam.
  3. Wait until AFTER the assessment to speak with the student on his/her alleged cheating in a confidential setting, away from other students.
  4. If cheating has been substantiated, a grade of “AD” is to be entered as the exam grade.
  5. The Parent/Guardian will be contacted via phone by the Dean.
  6. The Parent/Guardian, Dean and Guidance Counselor will also be contacted via the Skedula-PupilPath Anecdotal portal by the teacher.
If PLAGIARISM is suspected, then the following ACTION IS TO BE TAKEN BY TEACHER:
  1. The teacher is to CLEARLY document in writing, on the original student work, his/her reasons for concluding that the "work product" in question has been plagiarized.If the student is found to be cheating during the exam, the subject class teacher must change the individual’s seat and allow him or her to finish the exam.
  2. A copy of the original student work containing the teacher's conclusions for plagiarism should be saved by the teacher.If cheating has been substantiated, a grade of “AD” is to be entered as the exam grade.
  3. If a subject class teacher rules that a student's paper is plagiarized, teacher will generate a Dean’s Referral.The Parent/Guardian, Dean and Guidance Counselor will also be contacted via the Skedula-PupilPath Anecdotal portal by the teacher.
  4. Parent/Guardian will be contacted via telephone by the Dean.
  5. Once the Parent has been contacted by the Dean, the teacher will contact the Parent, Student and Guidance Counselor via the Skedula-PupilPath Anecdotal portal by the teacher.
  6. If plagiarism has been substantiated, a grade of “AD” (Academic Dishonesty = numeric value of 0 to a grade of “F” will be documented.
If COLLUDING (secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others) is suspected, then the following ACTION IS TO BE TAKEN BY TEACHER:
  1. The teacher is to CLEARLY document in writing, on the original student work, his/her reasons for concluding that the "work product" in question has been colluded.
  2. A copy of the original student work containing the teacher's conclusions for collusion should be saved by the teacher.
  3. If a subject class teacher rules that a student's paper is colluded, teacher will generate a Dean’s Referral.
  4. Parent/Guardian will be contacted via telephone by the Dean.
  5. Once the Parent has been contacted by the Dean, the teacher will contact the Parent, Student and Guidance Counselor via the Skedula-PupilPath Anecdotal portal by the teacher.
  6. If collusion has been substantiated a grade of “AD” (Academic Dishonesty = numeric value of 0 to a grade of “F” will be documented.