Every student at Maranatha High School is expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity, both in and out of the classroom. Cases of academic dishonesty will be considered major infractions of the school’s rules and will subject the student to serious penalties that may include failure in the course (with a notation on the student’s transcript) as well as dismissal from school and/or other sanctions.
A student's lack of understanding, character, motive or intent is not a valid defense to a charge of academic dishonesty. Students must familiarize themselves with each instructor’s guidelines, school-wide test-taking protocol, and proper writing and referencing procedures. Students are accountable for any accidental or intentional infringements of these policies.
A student who is in doubt regarding standards of academic honesty should consult with the teacher responsible for their course or assignment before submitting the work. Teacher expectations may differ; students are responsible to understand each teacher’s expectations.
Examples of Academic Dishonesty
The following are examples of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism is the use of another person’s material (words or ideas) in a paper or presentation without giving proper credit to the author. A student's name on any submitted work (i.e. examination, report, paper, draft, assignment, laboratory report, computer program, etc.), or in association with an oral presentation, constitutes a representation that the work is the result of that student's own study and thought and is stated in the student's own words. A student’s work must be produced without the assistance of others, except as quotation marks, references, and footnotes, which accurately acknowledge the use of these other sources (including sources found on the Internet). Every student is responsible for understanding the definition and scope of plagiarism and is expected to confer with his/her instructor if there is a need for clarification.
- Talking during an examination, regardless of whether or not the student was exchanging answers with another student.
- Cheating can be copying someone else’s homework and presenting it as one’s own or dishonestly acquiring information about a test. Cheating also includes assisting another student in either of these activities.
- Possession or use of unauthorized materials during an examination (i.e. a student brings in a list of formulas to an exam that is prohibited by the instructor – regardless of the student’s mistaken belief that such formula sheet was permissible). It is essential that the student contact the instructor for clarity in this matter, if there are questions.
- Students are expected to adhere strictly to the U.S. copyright laws. Creation or use of unauthorized copies of software or other printed materials is strictly prohibited.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
1st offense: The student will receive a zero on the particular assignment (not to exceed 10% of the total semester grade) with a mandatory parent/student/teacher conference. In addition, a copy of the Academic Integrity Policy must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian. Administration will be notified.
2nd offense: The student will receive an F for the semester in the particular class where the cheating occurred. In addition, there must be a mandatory meeting with the parent, student, teacher, and Director of Student Services.
Continued offenses regarding academic integrity are not tolerated. Such behavior will result in an F for the semester in the particular class where cheating occurred, a 3-day home suspension, mandatory academic probation and may jeopardize the student’s continued enrollment at Maranatha.
Maranatha administration reserves the right, at any time and in its sole discretion to determine the appropriate consequences for the subject behavior based on the circumstances and may place a student on academic probation, and/or determine a student’s continued enrollment at MHS based on the student’s academic record. Faculty and/or administration do not have an obligation to consider the student’s motive, character, or intent when an infringement of academic integrity has occurred or when academic materials are compromised.
MHS utilizes an internet based program called Turnitin.com which helps teachers and administration identify potential plagiarism in work submitted by students. Any document uploaded to Turnitin.com will be considered formally submitted (unless given pre-approval by an instructor to do so informally) and subject to the same academic integrity guidelines as mentioned above.