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Academic Honesty Policy

DISTRICT PHILOSOPHY: “PURSUING EXCELLENCE WITH INTEGRITY”

The Fremont Union High School District is committed to advancing the pursuit of intellectual excellence and to maintaining the highest standards and expectations for academic integrity among all students. We believe in establishing a school climate that promotes ethical and responsible student conduct. In conjunction with that belief, we support the development of a school culture that furthers our academic mission and recognizes the hard work of students and faculty alike. We are convinced that neither pressure for grades, inadequate time for studying or completing an assignment, nor unrealistic parental expectations justify students acting dishonestly. As a professional learning community, we affirm that “learning for learning’s sake” is intrinsically valued, and we will not tolerate any infractions that create or result in an unfair academic advantage for one student, or a disadvantage for another. In short, any form or act of academic dishonesty will undermine our standards of excellence and violate the trust that bonds all members of the school community.

DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, data, ideas, research, or documentation, without giving proper credit to the source. It goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for an exam/test/quiz, or using or providing unauthorized materials during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as the theft or falsification of records and files.

FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (EXAMPLES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING):

Academic dishonesty is an act in which a student:

Examples include but are not limited to:

1. Commits plagiarism

Copying any work assigned to be done independently. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, or passages from an un-cited source while writing a paper or doing research

Using the views, opinions, or insights of others without proper acknowledgement

2. Submits falsified or invented work/information instead of actually doing the work, research, or task themselves

Changing or creating data in a lab experiment

Writing up a fake interview

Lying about attendance or ability to complete assignments and/or assessments

Lying about other people being responsible for low grades or missing scores/assignments

Claiming credit for work in a group project when work was done by others

Attempting to misrepresent the authorship of student work, i.e., having someone else write a paper

3. Uses unauthorized tools or materials in any academic work

Accessing and/or using copyrighted test bank questions or any materials designed for instructors’ use only

Looking at someone else’s work product, during an exam, test, or quiz

Collaborating on an exam, test, quiz or assignment with any other person without prior approval from the teacher

Using any kind of “cheat notes” during an exam, test, or quiz

Using an electronic device (calculator, cell phone, camera, laptop/tablet, or other gadgets) to give or receive or copy information before, during, or after an exam, test, or quiz

Having unauthorized access to or using stolen exams, tests, or quizzes

Providing or selling exam, test, or quiz information to other students

Using an on-line translator for more than words or phrases

4. Misuses or falsifies academic documents

Altering a transcript or report card

Signing another person’s name to an attendance roster or grade check

Forging a hallway pass

5. Purposefully damages or hinders the work of others

Hiding books or reference materials needed to complete an assignment

Tampering with lab experiment, art project, or electronic files of another student.

Fabricating or altering laboratory data

6. Assists other students in any of these acts

Knowingly allowing someone else to look at one’s work product during an exam, test, or quiz

Letting others copy one’s work. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

 

TEACHER’S PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT

A teacher’s professional judgment guides the implementation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy. The teacher is responsible for setting the academic expectations, explaining the consequences of the Policy, evaluating any evidence of student misconduct in light of the Policy, and determining whether the Policy has been violated. Students are to conduct themselves in a sensible manner and not give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

The District considers violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to be serious offenses and has therefore instituted the following consequences. The consequences apply on a school-wide and district-wide basis, i.e., a violation in one class follows a student to a different class within the school, and a violation at one school follows a student to a different school within the District. Additionally, violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy are cumulative for all the years a student is enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District.

First Offense

  • The student will have a reduction in grade/credit (up to, and including, an “F” grade/“0” credit) on the assignment, exam, test, or quiz based upon the teacher’s grading system.
  • The student’s semester grade may, at the teacher’s discretion, be lowered by one full letter grade.
  • The teacher will confer with the student and contact the parent/guardian by phone or e-mail to review the academic dishonesty incident within two school days of becoming aware of the incident.
  • The teacher will submit a written referral, with appropriate documentation, to an administrator who will meet with the student and the counselor, and document the incident/follow-up action in the student information system, Infinite Campus.
  • Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, a warning and a signed student/parental statement that acknowledges the violation/penalty, and indicates an understanding of further consequences for any subsequent offenses. Additionally, a student will be suspended from school, even on a first offense, in accordance with Education Code Section 48900, if a violation has occurred in the following areas:
    • Alteration or falsification, or attempted alteration/falsification, of records (e.g., transcripts)
    • Theft, or attempted theft, of records or testing materials (exams/tests/quizzes)
  • The student may be barred from participation or having a leadership role in a club, scholarship group, student government, athletic team, or other extracurricular activity for a period of one year from date of the violation.

Second Offense

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be given an “F” for the six week grading period in which the incident occurred.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.

Third/Continuing Offenses

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.
  • The student may be referred to the District’s Placement Advisory Committee for transfer to another school.

APPEALS PROCESS

Students wishing to contest decisions resulting from the administration of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy may submit their appeals in writing to the principal.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACADEMIC HONESTY

Administrators, teachers, parents and students must understand, accept, and share responsibilities if this policy is to be effective.

Student Responsibilities

The student will:

  • Set aside sufficient time to study
  • Participate actively in class and attend regularly
  • Protect work—do not lend or borrow work
  • Observe test time limits
  • Not look at another’s test or allow his or her test to be seen
  • Not talk during a test or about the test until all classes have had a chance to take it
  • Not represent as his or her own the work of a parent, brother, sister, or anyone else
  • Not change a test item in any way when the test is returned for review
  • Not allow one member of a team to do the whole task
  • Learn how to attribute work properly by citation, footnote, and bibliography
  • Not enter teacher offices and other restricted areas without permission and/or being accompanied by a staff person

Parent Responsibilities

The parent will:

  • Communicate to the student values of moral and ethical behavior
  • Refrain from placing undue pressure for high grades at any cost
  • Be aware of a student’s need for a quiet time and a place to study
  • Support the student’s efforts, but not edit, type, or in any other way do the work
  • Encourage wise use of time

Teacher Responsibilities

The teacher will:

  • Review at the beginning of the school year the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy along with his/her course descriptions/syllabi/green sheets that spell out clearly the consequences for academic dishonesty in his/her classes; review the various examples and forms of academic dishonesty that should be avoided
  • Be specific as to whether work is to be cooperative or individual, i.e., clarify the definition and expectation of “group work”
  • Keep completed assignments and tests secure
  • Inform students if unannounced tests will be used in the course
  • Ensure that grades in mark documents and the grade book are private and safe; not allow teaching assistants (TA’s) to make or maintain grade entries

Administrator Responsibilities

The administrator will:

  • Provide copies of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to all teachers for distribution to students
  • Place the signed FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy Parent/Student Agreement Statement in cumulative folders
  • Support teachers in administering discipline and upholding the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy
  • Record incident/follow-up action in Infinite Campus; inform teachers about outcome of the referral
  • Review on a case-by-case basis the need to reference infractions on Secondary School Reports
  • Facilitate conferences and counsel students in every case of academic dishonesty
  • Communicate with teachers about students who have prior violations
  • Collaborate with teachers in maintaining a secure digital and physical environment
  • Review and resolve appeals

Annual Notifications

Co-Curricular Code of Conduct

FUHSD Complaint Process

Homework Guidelines

Homework contributes toward building self‐ discipline, responsibility and lifelong learning habits. It is the intention of Lynbrook High School staff to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful assignments that support student learning and reinforce classroom objectives. Homework is defined as assigned tasks to be completed by students primarily during out‐of‐class time.

We believe homework can serve a good purpose when it:

  • Provides needed practice;
  • Enriches and extends classroom learning experiences;
  • Helps prepare students to be active participants in the classroom;
  • Prepares students for classroom assessment; and
  • Is reasonable, appropriate and relevant.

Students

  • Take notes and write down homework assignments. (Students should not assume that assignments will be posted online.)
  • Ask clarifying questions before leaving class whenever possible.
  • Follow directions.
  • Organize their time and make the commitment necessary to complete homework assignments by the due date.
  • Remove distractions to help with concentration and time management.
  • Work independently (unless it is a group assignment), to ensure work accurately reflects their ability.
  • Consider their course choices and remember that Advanced Placement and Honor classes often require significant “out of class” study and homework.
  • Keep in mind that students who override a teacher recommendation to take a more challenging course may discover that it takes them significantly more time than estimated to complete assignments. (Students with their family/guardians need to carefully choose courses during course registration. Due to scheduling limitations, students will not be able to move back into the teacher recommended course after being scheduled through an override.)

Family/Guardians

  • Maintain regular communication with son/daughter regarding coursework, homework, and progress.
  • Respond to academic alerts and/or teacher messages in a timely manner.
  • With student, establish a consistent time for study and quiet, in a well‐lighted place for students to work.
  • Check progress grades posted to the Infinite Campus web portal every six weeks.
  • Be aware of course requirements and teacher grading practices.

Teachers

  • Assign relevant, challenging and meaningful tasks that support classroom learning and provide students with feedback.
  • Outline specific course homework expectations in the class Green‐sheet.
  • Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose of the work.
  • Discuss support strategies with students and families if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops.
  • Design homework assignments that can be completed by most students in about 30 minutes per class in a class that is not designated as AP or Honors. Homework assignments in AP and Honors classes require considerably more time to complete, typically an hour or more per class.
  • Communicate and coordinate when possible, with other teachers within and across departments, regarding major projects.
  • Avoid assigning Weekend* and holiday homework assignments; however, long‐term assignments and projects might include weekends and holidays. Generally, homework is not assigned over the December semester break.
  • Provide students with specialized equipment required to complete projects if the equipment is not available at home. If special equipment/technology is not available, students should have the opportunity to complete an alternate assignment.

* For the purpose of these guidelines, weekends are generally defined as Friday and Saturday nights. On extended weekends or vacation days, all nights except the last night before returning to school are defined as weekend nights.

Progress Reports/Report Cards

Progress reports are viewable in the Infinite Campus portal. A notification is sent to alert students and parents/guardians that progress reports have been posted online. Parents/guardians and students must activate their Infinite Campus accounts to access progress reports. Semester report cards are mailed home. For more Information on report cards/progress reports, call 408-366-7705.

Student Handbook

Tardy Policy

Good attendance at school is essential to high student achievement. We have noticed that student attendance has improved substantially since we began sending automatic tardy alerts home in November last year. However, a number of our students are continuing to be late to classes at Lynbrook, especially the first period of the day. This is a concern because students who are late to class: miss out on important learning opportunities, have difficulty settling into class, cause the teacher to delay the start of the lesson, and disrupt the learning environment for others. Tardiness may also affect a student’s grade.

We need all of our students to arrive at school and attend class on time and we need your help as parents in this matter. To encourage all our students to be on time to class, starting this semester, we are beginning a new policy and practice in addition to the tardy alerts being sent home. When a student reaches a certain number of tardies to any one particular class, the action/consequences will be as follows:

  • 5 Tardies: the student will meet with an administrator, the parents will be contacted.
  • 10 Tardies: the student and parent will meet with an administrator, the student will be issued a detention (Wednesday morning).
  • Excessive Continued Tardies: the student and parent meet with the teacher, counselor, and administrator to discuss further action (e.g. consequences, attendance contract, alternative schedule, counseling, etc.).

Students are expected to be in their seats and prepared to begin work when the tardy bell rings. Plan on having students arrive at school 15 minutes before the day begins by 7:20 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. on Wednesday (late start day).

Technology Use Agreement