Academic Integrity Policy
At Brentwood Middle School,
we believe the development of
character is a key aspect of good citizenship. We are charged
with the responsibility of helping students grow academically, socially,
and ethically, to become effective citizens who will act with integrity.
The BMS faculty and staff are dedicated to these purposes. Behavior such
as cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated at BMS, not only
because it is self-defeating for the student, but because it is a
reality of life. Plagiarism is illegal.
Individual students are solely responsible for their own work;
they will be held accountable for any deceitful actions which undermine
Academic dishonesty falls under two basic categories –
Cheating and Plagiarism
defined as, but not limited to, the following:
By both copying from another student’s
work as well as allowing your work to be copied.
By giving another student answers during
a test, quiz, or any other assignments without your teacher’s approval.
This includes working on
assignments together when the teacher has not given explicit permission.
By using electronic means (such as text
messaging, email, pictures, etc.) to copy homework assignments,
projects, or communicate test answers.
Referring to a book, person, or any other
resource while you are taking a test.
Obtaining, possessing, using, or
distributing tests, quizzes, answer keys, teacher manuals or teacher
is defined as, but not limited to, the following:
Representing the work of others as one’s own work. Copying another
author’s work from any source and turning it in as your own ideas
Not using quotation marks, and/or proper citation to denote material
that has been directly quoted from another source.
Paraphrasing an author without giving proper citation.
Violating copyright laws by not following fair use guidelines.
Consequences for violating academic integrity:
will be recorded by grade level. By violating the academic integrity
policy, student offenders will not be considered for the National Junior
Honors Society, the Golden Viking Award, or any other honor with
character as a consideration.
Administration will be informed
Student must complete an alternative assignment, paper or test to
replace the grade of a zero.
Saturday school assigned by administration
- Parent Contact
- Zero for
assignment, paper or test
- Student must
complete assignment, paper or test for no credit
- ISS assigned
by administration provided all of first offense consequences were
administration will impose appropriate consequences