KCHS Academic Integrity Code
Unless otherwise directed by the teacher, students should complete all tests, quizzes, and assignments individually. The student is expected to practice ethical behavior in dealings with faculty, staff and other students, and to be aware of consequences and penalties that may result from academic dishonesty as defined in the code.
Purpose
The Klein Collins High School Academic Integrity Code serves as the foundation for honesty and respect toward academics between faculty, staff and students and provides a basis for lifelong ethical behavior. As such, it is the cornerstone of the Tiger community. Violations of the KCHS Academic Integrity Code include but are not limited to the following actions.
Definitions
Cheating is defined as a student’s use of another student’s work or of allowing another student to use of his or her work. This includes looking at, using, or copying another student’s test, answer sheet, notes, homework or other materials to complete a test, quiz, project, or other assignment without the express permission of the teacher. Cheating also includes verbally passing on or using information received regarding a test or quiz. Lying as it applies to academic honesty is defined as making a false statement and /or avoiding acknowledging the truth with the intent to deceive or mislead concerning academic performance. This includes intentional fabrication or invention of data citation or authority for academic purposes. Forgery relating to school documents is also included. Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else’s work or thoughts as your own without proper credit to the original author. This includes the misuse of printed or electronically obtained materials and/or the work of other students. Permitting others to represent your work as their own is also considered academically dishonest. Tampering is defined as accessing, deleting, modifying, transferring, or receiving computerized files without authorization of the teacher. Tampering applies to any intentional unauthorized alteration of student, teacher, or library materials and extends to teachers’ records or grades or scores whether electronic or printed. Theft of materials is also included.
Penalties
(From the KISD High School Handbook, p. 57, 2010-2011) “Dishonesty in school work is defined as the giving or receiving of assistance when the teacher has indicated, or it should be presumed by the student, that the assignment is supposed to be the work of the student who is being graded. The possession or delivery of a copy of a stolen test or exam is considered to be dishonest. Plagiarism (representing some else’s works or ideas as your own) whether from a book, another student’s paper, the Internet, or other source, is dishonest. A pupil found to be dishonest in any phase of school work shall be penalized by receiving a “0” for the work. He/she also renders himself/herself subject to receiving a “U” in conduct and placement in the in-school suspension class. Students found to be dishonest in school work are not eligible for membership in the National Honor Society, scholastic honors, and various groups and organizations.”