03 - Cheating and Plagiarism

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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. Cheating may result in suspension or removal from cocurricular activities including, but not limited to National Honor Society.


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 a dishonest work ethic may result in failure of the course and no credit earned.

 


DEFINITIONS

  • CHEATING
    Obtaining or attempting to obtain, or aiding another to obtain credit for work, or any improvement in evaluation of performance, by any dishonest or deceptive means.
     
  • PLAGIARISM
    Using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one's own without giving proper credit to the source.
     
  • 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 severity of the offense.
     
Consequences of Cheating or Plagiarism
LEVEL 1

 

 

CONSEQUENCE
  • Minor Offense
 
  • Documented warning
  • Possible grade deduction tied to point system for assignment
  • If necessary, continued education of student about proper citation, etc
LEVEL 2   CONSEQUENCE
  • Major Offense
  • Repeat Minor Offense
 
  • 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   CONSEQUENCE
  • Repeat major offense
  • Gross major offense (elaborate pre-meditation)
  • Multiple minor offenses
 
  • 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   CONSEQUENCE
  • Gross disregard for plagiarism policy
  • Well-established pattern of poor behavior
 
  • Failure of course
  • No credit earned

 

UPDATED 6/4/20