Meridian School Academic Honesty Policy

ACADEMIC HONESTY RATIONALE

Meridian School Academic Honesty Policy is based on the idea that true learning is built on honesty and integrity. In order to maintain an ethical environment centered on learning, students must be principled and commit themselves to upholding the Meridian School Academic Honesty Policy, facilitating our school’s mission to develop responsible citizens who can artfully navigate our complex world.

The following actions represent a breach of the Meridian Academic Honesty and are subject to disciplinary action.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty where a student presents the work of another as his or her own. It is important to acknowledge that plagiarism is not only the theft of words but also of ideas.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

CHEATING

Cheating is acting dishonestly for your own gain and is a form of intellectual theft.  Academic honesty promotes good character while dishonesty prevents students from gaining a full grasp of information presented to them. Cheating prevents teachers from fully evaluating the progress of students.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

Group Work/Collaboration

Collaboration and group work will be explicitly assigned by the teacher.

Acceptable Collaboration

Unacceptable Collaboration

PROCEDURES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

If a student is suspected of academic dishonesty, the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The student’s assessment or assignment will be taken and held by the teacher, and the teacher will conference with the student.
  2. If the teacher determines there is evidence that academic dishonesty has occurred,  1) a referral will be written to the assistant principal with attached documentation of evidence; and 2) the teacher will notify the parent about the incident and a grade of “Missing” will be recorded pending investigation.
  3. The assistant principal will investigate and if it is determined that academic dishonesty occurred, appropriate consequences will be assigned such as:
  1. The student will be assigned a three-hour Saturday detention (or equivalent as determined by the assistant principal)
  2. The student will write a reflection about what he/she did, why it was the wrong choice, and his/her intentions for approaching academic work honestly in the future.
  3. The student will be permitted to redo the assessment or an alternative assessment for up to a 70%.  This assessment can be done in the assigned Saturday detention or at another time determined by the teacher/student.
  4. The assistant principal will conference with the parent (in person or by phone) to explain the above consequences.  
  5. The reassessment or alternative assessment option is not available for academic dishonesty on a semester exam.
  6. The Assistant Principal will notify pertinent school organization sponsors/coaches of incidences of academic dishonesty so that appropriate measures can be taken in regards to membership/participation.

In cases where the administrator determines that there was no intentional breach of academic honesty, the student may still be required to write a reflection about the incident, including how to prevent such an incident in the future.

Repeated or more serious offenses

Additional or more serious incidents of academic dishonesty shall be dealt with more severely by the administration. Consequences for repeated or more serious offenses may include:

  1. Meeting with the parent(s)
  2. One to three days of out-of-school suspension
  3. Exclusion from extracurricular activities or school-sponsored social events
  4. No public recognition of the student at any honors function
  5. No distinguished academic or extracurricular recognition (if applicable)

Recommendation for Expulsion from Meridian School

Students who commit one or more of the following offenses in violation of the Meridian Code of Conduct may be recommended for expulsion:

  1. Theft, sales, or distribution of any materials including, but not limited to tests and/or quizzes
  2. Breaking into and/or examining a teacher’s personal possessions (e.g., desk, files, cabinet, etc.) to obtain or view assessments
  3. Changing and/or falsifying a grade in a teacher’s grade book, on the computer, or through other school devices used to record student grades
  4. Possession of a stolen assessment

Responsibilities of the Student

It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of and adhere to this Academic Honesty Policy. The policy is in place to foster true learning, built on honesty and integrity.  

Students have the responsibility to turn in work that is truly of their own creation and they must utilize the skills they have learned in citing and referencing sources. If a student is not clear on the expectations for a specific assignment, they should seek clarification from the teacher.

If a student is suspected of academic dishonesty, the student will have the opportunity to explain his/her perspective to the teacher and assistant principal as part of the investigative process.  The expectation is that the student be forthright in this process for his/her own benefit.  

Responsibilities of the Teacher

Faculty have the responsibility to clearly outline expectations for work that is assigned to students.  If students are not to collaborate with others (e.g. peers, parents, tutors, etc), or if they are not to use online resources (e.g. Google translate), the teacher needs to make this expectation clear in advance. Faculty have the responsibility to teach students the skills necessary to effectively cite and reference sources in their academic work. Faculty are asked to lead by example in regards to Academic Honesty, serving as role models for our students.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to be aware of and adhere to the expectations and procedures outlined in this Academic Honesty Policy.  

Responsibilities of the School

It is the responsibility of the school to uphold the expectations and procedures outlined in the aforementioned Academic Honesty Policy and to maintain the school’s commitment to an honest academic environment and the expectations set forth by the IB Programme.  

Responsibilities of the Parent(s)

It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to be aware of and encourage their student(s) to adhere to the aforementioned Academic Honesty Policy by promoting and supporting the school’s policy in the home thus advocating the expectations of academic honesty set forth by the school.

Each secondary student is required to sign and return this  Acknowledgement of Receipt.

Failure to return this page to the school does not exempt the student from the requirement to abide by this policy.

MERIDIAN SCHOOL ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Acknowledgement of Receipt

Yes,  I have read and understand the MERIDIAN SCHOOL SECONDARY ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY.  If I have questions, I understand that these can be directed to an administrator.  

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