Administrative team revises academic honesty policy Academic integrity enforced by dean's office to promote honorable learning

Senior Giovanni Morobito, senior Hope Evans and junior Emily Sirat complete their teamwork assignment. Individual tasks that reflect plagiarism or cheating will result in behavioral consequences, such as a dean's referral or an RPC. "If you cheat in college, you get kicked out, plain and simple. While the new system sounds like it won't be too harsh, it's still a good way to show the huge negative effect cheating will have in the future," Morobito said.

UPDATED: The following story has been updated on September 15, 2015 at 8:18 am to include corrected information.

To clarify the consequences of academic dishonesty in the classroom, administration has implemented a new cheating policy.

“The big change with our academic policy is if a student is caught either cheating or plagiarizing, they are to be referred to the dean’s office. If you’re placed on an RPC (Required Parent Conference) or suspension, it makes you ineligible for your medallion at the end of your senior year,” Dean Sherrae Nelson said.

The revised policy now aligns with disciplinary rules, which state that academically dishonest students will be issued punishment based on the severity of their offense.

“Anytime you’re caught with dishonesty, it’s not because [the teacher] asked you a question and you lied. It’s a situation where you copied someone else’s assignment or if you found something on Google,” Dean James Campbell said. “The academic dishonesty policy is to make sure there are consequences that are appropriate for it, and a RPC is not be taken lightly.”

Students will no longer face academic consequences for cheating through deductive grading in all tenets. Instead, their consequences will be behavioral and accompanied by a “zero” in Work Ethic. An alternative assessment, such as redoing the entire assignment or having a teacher interview, will be conducted in order to determine the student’s grade and if not completed, it will result in a zero.

“I believe that people who cheat should be punished for their grade and not for their actions, so they should face the consequences of not being honest with their assignment,” senior Krystal Chaidez said.

Academic dishonesty is part of a student’s permanent academic record which colleges and universities will review during the application process. This could disqualify an applicant from admission.

“We, being the administrative team, hope that this change will get students to start thinking about being honest in their work and representing what they know. We just hope it’ll have a positive impact on the students in the end,” Nelson said.