Academic integrity is essential in every school and in business as well as in regular life. It is so very important that all of your work is, in fact, your own work and that your submissions are not copied from others. The policy at Keystone is very strict regarding cheating, plagiarism or dishonesty. The Keystone Resource and Orientation Center as well as the Keystone Student Success Course define those policies.
Please remember that cheating or plagiarism will result in consequences including a score of a zero, contact with parents/guardians and even harsher penalties if it is deemed necessary. The Keystone School keeps a record of any cases of plagiarism and cheating and school records will show the violation.
It is important that you always give credit where credit is due. Most students know that they must use quotations marks and citations for their sources when they quote directly. But, even if you paraphrase, it is often necessary to cite the original source. If your wording is close to the original, you should put a cite at the end of the sentence just like you would have with a quotation.
Other sources of cheating include:
1. Students submitting identical answers after collaborating.
2. Copying answers that other people submitted.
3. Work that is cited incorrectly
4. Only changing a few words when paraphrasing and/or not using a cite for the original author
Please help prevent this situation by using the Turnitin.com. It is in the teacher’s library and it is a wonderful source for feedback. Teachers also use it to submit work. It checks your paper against a database and finds any areas of plagiarism.
Our class idea for Turnitin is 7323600. The class name is English 3. The password is Coyotes 13 (case sensitive).
Also, realize that up to 25% is acceptable; but, after that, you need to make changes. The following are the consequences for academic dishonesty and plagiarism as per Keystone’s Academic Policy:
Zero points will be awarded for any items where a student is found to have cheated or plagiarized. The student and parent will receive an email from the teacher requesting a time to speak on the phone about the assignment concerns. If a response is not received in 3 days, the course may be placed on hold until communication does take place, or the teacher will send a detailed email describing the offense. The student will be referred to the Academic Integrity resources in the online Resource and Orientation Center in order to avoid any future instances. An email will be sent to the student and parent or school administrator noting the first instance.
A second instance of cheating or plagiarism in any course will be awarded a zero for the assignment/assessment that was submitted. The student and parent will receive an email from the teacher requesting a time to speak on the phone about the assignment concerns. If a response is not received in 3 days, the course may be placed on hold until communication does take place, or the teachers will send a detailed email describing the offense. In addition, an e-mail will be sent to the student and parent account or school administrator e-mail account noting the second instance and the referral to the Academic Review Committee for any further instances of cheating.
Any further instances of cheating or plagiarism in the same course or across multiple courses will be referred to the Academic Review Committee for sanctions including failure of the course, and in extreme cases, potential removal from The Keystone School. The assignments or assessments that were identified will be awarded zeros. The student and parent or school administrator will be notified when this escalation take place via email from the teacher. The student’s course(s) may be placed on hold until the decision from the Academic Review Committee is finalized. *Note: Referral to the Academic Review Committee may be initiated prior to the third offense based on the number of offenses during steps 1 and 2 (Keystone Policy/Sarah Bryski letter).
Please be careful, honest, and cite your sources. Then, everything will be just fine!