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Academic Honesty

Scotts Valley High School expects honesty and integrity from the students.  The SVHS cheating policy will be strictly enforced.

Cheating is the giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance on any form of any academic work.

Examples of cheating include:

  1. Copying homework
  2. Allowing someone to copy your homework
  3. Exchanging tests, reports, or papers
  4. Looking at someone’s paper or giving answers during an exam
  5. Giving out exam or quiz questions
  6. Obtaining and/or using tests, questions, and keys

Plagiarism, using someone else’s idea or expressions without acknowledging the source, is also a form of cheating.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  1. Submitting work that has been written – in part or in whole – by another person
  2. Taking ideas from a book, movie, speech, magazine, documentary, lecture, or the Internet representing them as your original thought
  3. Using a translator for Language B projects and homework assignments
  4. Using information from an outside source (as listed above) without citing it

The consequences for cheating within a single class are as follows:

  1. First Offense:
    1. A “zero” on the test/assignment (assignment may not be made up)
    2. Referral sent to the Assistant Principal where a notation will be made in the student’s discipline file, and (if applicable) the IB Coordinator
    3. Parent Notification
  2. Second Offense:
    1. A “zero” on the test/assignment (assignment may not be made up)
    2. Referral sent to the Assistant Principal and (if applicable) the IB Coordinator
    3. A formal conference to include student, parent, teacher, and (if applicable) the IB Coordinator
    4. Possible one-day suspension
  3. Repeated Offenses:
  4. Referral sent to the Assistant Principal and (if applicable) the IB Coordinator
  5. Removal from the class with a Withdraw/F

Students with two or more referrals for cheating will be disqualified for SVHS academic honors.