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Academic Policy - Cheating and Plagiarism

FVL expects all students will honor the principles of honesty and truth as taught in God’s Word. This means that all academic work will be done by the student to whom it was assigned without unauthorized aid of any kind.  All research sources must be cited fully and accurately. The school reserves the right to use academic screening companies to check for the authenticity of student work. NHS students are subject to dismissal from the group if involved in cheating.

The following guidelines have been established concerning cheating and plagiarism:

  • Offenses will be categorized depending on circumstances, severity, and previous history.
  • Immediate consequences may include, but are not limited to, warnings, grade deductions or failures, detentions, work redone, and partial or full suspensions.
  • Gross disregard for the cheating and plagiarism policy or a well-established pattern of poor behavior may result in failure of the course and no credit earned.

 Plagiarism

Definitions
Core assessment
An assessment that must be completed in order to earn credit for the semester.
Minor offense

Often related to poor understanding of proper citation technique or overuse of unoriginal content. If related to core assessment, likely unintentional. If intentional, likely indicates temporary lapse in judgment rather than premeditation.


Major offense

Premeditated attempt to use other nonoriginal content in place of one’s own work despite clear
understanding of expectations. Likely, but not limited to, core assessments. May involve coordination with others.

 

 Levels do not necessarily reflect a progression. They may also reflect the severity of the offense.

Level 1

  • Minor Offense

 Consequence

  • Documented warning
  • Possible grade deduction tied to point system for assignment
  • If necessary, continued education of student about proper citation, etc 

Level 2

  • Major Offense
  • Repeat Minor Offense

 Consequence

  • Permanent 0 given for non-core assessment
    Teacher decision for non-core re-do
  • Temporary 0 given for core assessment
    50% for core assessment once satisfactorily complete
  • Detention given 

Level 3

  • Repeat major offense
  • Gross major offense (elaborate pre-meditation)
  • Multiple minor offenses

Consequence

  • Permanent 0 given for non-core assessment
    Teacher decision for non-core re-do
  • Temporary 0 given for core assessment
    50% for core assessment once satisfactorily complete
  • Half-day or full-day in-school suspension given based on circumstances and prior record

Level 4

  • Gross disregard for plagiarism policy
  • Well-established pattern of poor behavior

Consequence

  • Failure of course
  • No credit earned

 

 

 

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