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Wisconsin Virtual School regards academic honesty as a cornerstone of its educational mission.  It is expected that all school work submitted for the purpose of meeting course requirements represents the original efforts of the individual student.  This includes, but is not limited to:  test taking, homework, class assignments, and the original creation of essays, compositions, term papers and scientific research.  All work submitted by a student should be a true reflection of that person’s effort and ability.  If such is not the case, then the student has demonstrated unacceptable academic behavior and is subject to disciplinary action.  Administrators, faculty, students and families are all important contributors to the upholding of academic integrity in the school learning community.

Plagiarism is defined as copying/stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another, using someone else’s created production without crediting the source, or committing literary theft.  Examples include the following….

As the Internet becomes increasingly more accessible and sophisticated, the incidents of plagiarism in submitted student papers and projects have increased.  Many institutions of higher (post-high school) education penalize plagiarism with student expulsion.  Therefore, in the interest of the student’s future education, as well as the school’s part in the personal development of students, Wisconsin Virtual School will follow the policy on plagiarism as outlined below:

Plagiarism will result in a “zero” (no credit) on the assigned paper or project.

Teachers will provide written documentation of the plagiarism and will use the following procedure:

  1. Discussion with the student
  2. Referral to the school principal or assistant principal
  3. Call to parents by the principal or teacher
  4. Principal’s referral to co-curricular coaches/advisors and National Honor

Society as applicable

 When plagiarism is found to have taken place, the student may be allowed to rewrite the assignment according to teacher specifications. The student’s grade on the rewritten assignment will be no higher than a “70%.” Failure to rewrite the assignment will result in a “0” for that assignment.

 A second plagiarism offense may result in a “0” for the course. The local school district will be consulted on their Academic Integrity and Acceptable Use Policy in consideration of the consequences of the plagiarism offense.