Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Honesty / Cheating Policy

It is very important that parents and students understand the expectations for academic honesty.  All student work should be the work of that student.  No copying or plagiarism is acceptable.  If quoting others in academic material, students must cite their sources.  Give credit where credit is due.   All students must follow individual teacher test rules for what is allowable. This ensures that a student’s success is based on honesty.   


Robert E. Lee Junior High School considers cheating or academic dishonesty a serious violation of school rules. Each student is expected to be responsible for his or her own work. How do we define cheating or academic dishonesty?  

  1. Receiving or providing information during a test or for a test given in an earlier period.
  2. Using material on tests when the teacher has not given permission to do so.
  3. Violating the teacher’s testing rules and procedures.
  4. Using somebody else’s writing (word for word—or almost word for word) and saying it is your own. (Plagiarism). Or using somebody else’s ideas and saying they are your own and not giving credit.
  5. Using or copying another student’s assignment to turn in as your own work.
  6. Allowing other students to use your work on assignments with the exception of specific group, lab, or collaborative projects.  
  7. Allowing another student to take a written or computer exam for another student.

There are other actions which may be considered cheating or dishonesty. The above list contains the most common ones.  

  1. Office referral.  Parent notification. Student’s teachers notified and 3 day suspension.
  2. “F” grade or zero credit for the test or assignment.
  3. Students can be dismissed from extra-curricular activities.