Academic Honesty

The purposes of learning, teaching, and evaluation will not be fully achieved at Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School if scholars and teachers cannot be confident that work submitted for evaluation and grading purposes is a scholar’s own product. It is essential that honesty, on the part of both teachers and scholars, be central to learning and evaluation. In an attempt to guarantee this end result, the following points will be in effect:

  • This policy, as outlined below, defines the expectations, responsibilities and consequences for academic dishonesty.
  • Faculty will clearly read and discuss this policy in class; scholars will be informed what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Scholars will be in violation of this academic honesty policy in any of the following situations:
    • Copying the work of another scholar and representing it as their own.
    • Providing false information of a scholar’s contributions to group assignments.
    • Knowingly giving work to another scholar to be used to misrepresent the second scholar’s work.
    • Committing plagiarism in written work.
    • Violating copyright restrictions in video, taped, or duplicated material and representing such materials as their own work.
  • Responsible users of information always acknowledge their sources, both in formal and informal communications. Scholars must use information from the Internet in the same way they use information from any other public, published source: they must state the source of the information to prove its reliability. Email messages are private, and may not be quoted or sent on to anyone else without the permission of the original sender. Scholars must never use another person’s words or ideas without attribution because it can be illegal.

What to do if you suspect or become aware of cheating

Individuals who cheat gain an unfair advantage over honest scholars. Although reporting suspected or observed cheating may seem difficult, failure to do so hurts each scholar as well as our whole Gambold Prep community. Observation or knowledge of academic dishonesty should be reported immediately. Even if a scholar’s observations are reported anonymously, such information may encourage further investigation, or may lead to the detection of patterns of cheating or the imposition of effective preventive measures. If a scholar is uncomfortable speaking directly with a teacher, the scholar is urged to consult with a counselor, administrator or office staff member who will advise and assist the scholar i addressing the situation.

Consequences for violating the Academic Honesty Policy

Before any formal action is taken against a scholar who is suspected of committing academic dishonesty, the teacher is encouraged to meet with the scholar to discuss the facts that have aroused suspicions. If both parties agree plagiarism occurred, the matter will be resolved with the scholar as follows:

First infraction: The scholar receives a zero for the assignment; notification is sent to scholar’s family and the principal.

Second infraction: The scholar receives a zero for the assignment; a meeting is held with the scholar, family, teacher, counselor and advisor.

Third infraction: The scholar receives a zero for the assignment; the scholar is placed on academic probation; a formal letter is placed in the scholar’s file and attached to college applications; the scholar is removed from honor societies and positions of leadership; a meeting is held with the scholar, family and principal, suspension.

Fourth infraction: The scholar is removed from Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School. 

If a claim of plagiarism is made and refuted by the scholar, all evidence will be presented to the Ethics Council for adjudication. Members of the Ethics Council will include three Gambold Prep faculty and staff employees who have little to no knowledge of the scholar or incident.

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