“To thine own self be true and it must follow …you cannot be false to any man.”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    It is with a sense of pride that students attend the Magnet High School which seeks to develop intelligent, responsible men and women of character. The Magnet High School Academic Honesty Policy is intended to cultivate an environment of trust in which all students can achieve their educational goals with responsibility, honesty and integrity. These values are based on respect for self and others.


    Trust exists when you know your fellow students and faculty are guided by the same principles of an Academic Honesty Policy.


    Responsibility is the ability to take ownership and accountability for your learning.


    Honesty means being truthful in representing your own efforts and work.


    Integrity is the firm adherence to these principles regardless of consequences.


    The benefit of attending a school that upholds a code of honor is that you are part of a community of learners committed to these principles which are fundamental to your learning process. Academic honesty allows for fair evaluation of your performance so you may progress and take pride in your own accomplishments.


    Therefore, the following policies are in place to deter activities that impede student progress and compromise the trust that is fundamental to our community of learners. You are expected to review these policies and understand that they guide our community in intellectual endeavors and promote mutual respect and growth in character. Accepting and adhering to this Academic Honesty Policy will establish a foundation that is consistent with academic success and responsible citizenship and will serve you throughout your lifetime. It is no small matter.


    1. Pupils are expected to be honest in all of their academic work. This means that they will not engage in any of the following acts.


    1. Cheating on examinations, including but not limited to, the non-authorized use of books or notes, the use of cheat sheets, copying from other pupils’ papers, exchanging information with other pupils orally, in writing, electronically or by signals, obtaining copies of the examination illegally, and other similar activities.


    2. Facilitating academic dishonesty by offering one’s work/homework to be copied or verbally sharing examination contents and/or answers with someone who has not yet taken it.


    3. Plagiarism is not permitted in term papers, themes, essays, reports, images, take-home examinations, and other academic work. Plagiarism is defined as stealing or use without acknowledgment of the ideas, words, formulas, textual materials, online services, computer programs, etc. from another source, or in any way presenting work that is not one’s own; this includes copying another pupil’s homework.


    4. Falsifications, including forging signatures, altering answers after they have been graded, the insertion of answers after the fact, the erasure of grader’s markings, and other acts that allow for falsely taking credit.


    1. A teacher who believes that a pupil has been academically dishonest in his/her class will resolve the matter in the following manner:


    1. Discuss the violation with the pupil and contact the parent/guardian. The teacher is authorized to reprimand the pupil orally and/or in writing. The teacher is also authorized to withhold credit in the work tainted by the academic dishonesty.


    2. Report the incident to an administrator through the school defined documentation procedures, describing in detail the academic dishonesty that has alleged to have taken place, and request that the matter be reviewed by an administrator. All violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will be documented.


    1. The Principal will determine if further discipline of the pupil is appropriate and will determine the nature of the discipline on a case-by-case basis. The Principal will report all violations of the Academic Honesty Policy to the National Honor Society advisor.


    A pupil who has violated the Academic Honesty Policy may be subjected to a range of penalties including, but not limited to, loss of credit for the work, suspension from co-curricular activities, leadership roles, ineligibility for or dismissal from Honor Society organizations, ineligibility for graduation awards and school sponsored scholarships.