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Academic Integrity Policy

Philosophy:  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 this premise.

Definition:  Academic dishonesty falls under two basic categories – Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating is 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 textbooks, etc.

Plagiarism 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 and writing.
  • 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:

Offenses 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.

First Offense:

  • Parent contact
  • 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

Second Offense:

  • 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 applied.

Third Offense:

  • The administration will impose appropriate consequences


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