Academic Honesty Code

Mountain Valley Academy High School

 Academic Honesty Code 


The Mountain Valley Academy High School community is committed to developing students who demonstrate responsible citizenship through ethical behavior.


“Cheating” includes, but is not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Using inappropriate materials or notes not permitted during testing (classroom or standardized)
  • Using cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, or any electronic device during testing (classroom or standardized)
  • Talking during a test (classroom or standardized)
  • Looking at another students paper during a test (classroom or standardized)
  • Copying another students work of any kind or at any time in class, during testing, or as homework
  • Passing off another students work as your own, including copying a published photo or artwork
  • Falsifying information during research
  • Forgery
  • Aiding or failing to stop academic dishonesty with or by others
  • Copying and/or cutting and pasting information off the Internet without proper citation, representing it as your own work


Each class will create a positive atmosphere that emphasizes academic honesty and discourages cheating by:

  • Discussing the Academic Honesty Code with each group of students, especially at the beginning of the year, and describing issues specific to each class. Topics might include:
    • Peer Pressure
    • Family pressure for good grades
    • Societal values to succeed and attend college
    • Low self-esteem
    • Poor time management or study skills
    • Different definitions of cheating held by students and teachers
    • Disdainful attitude towards relevance of assignments
    • California Assembly Bill 307 (in effect July 2007) requires schools to educated students on intellectual property rights and theft


First Offense

  • A “0”/No Credit for that specific assignment and the same for any person who facilitated the cheating
    • “AD” for Academic Dishonesty in Power School
  • Student /Teacher Conference
  • Parent contact by Teacher
  • May result in “U” (unsatisfactory) citizenship
  • In support of “Ticket to Play” and “Pursuing Victory With Honor,” Ramona High School will be informed of 1st offense and all subsequent offenses if student is participating on a sports team at Ramona High School.

Repeated Offenses

  • Disciplinary Referral
  • Parent conference with teacher and Counselor/Administrator
  • May result in “F” in class
  • May result in “U” (unsatisfactory) citizenship
  • May result in Total Home Probation (length to be determined by teacher & administrator)
  • In support of “Ticket to Play” and “Pursuing Victory With Honor,” Ramona High School will be informed of 1st offense and all subsequent offenses if student is participating on a sports team at Ramona High School.

Resources : HS Academic Honesty Policy, Liz Grandquist, RHS Science Teacher ,

What is Academic Dishonesty?

1. Copying another student’s work is completely unacceptable.

  • When you are caught in the act of copying someone else’s work, both papers will be confiscated. This rule applies whether the work you were copying was for this class or any other. The parents of both students involved will be contacted, as well as the teacher from whom the assignment originated.
  • When you hand in work that you have copied, both you and the student from whom you copied will be given a ZERO on that assignment.

2. “Working together” and “Cheating” are two completely different actions.

  • Students, when caught cheating, often claim “we worked together on this.” There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding of what “working together” means. “Working together” is when two or more students sit next to each other. Both (or all) of the students have their books, papers, pens, and pencils out and are actively working on the assignment. Occasionally, one of the students may ask another to clarify a concept or check to see if the other student agrees with his or her answer. There can also be discussion of the question or topic but when it is time to write, each student must use their own words. In Math, modeling one problem is okay, but afterwards each student should work out similar problems on their own. In other words, the students are supporting each others’ efforts on the assignment.
  • Sometimes, a teacher may assign a class to “jigsaw” an assignment. In this instance, each student within a group, or a group within a class, is responsible for one section of an assignment. Each student or group shares the section with the whole group to complete the assignment. This is usually an in-class activity. Jigsawing an assignment that the teacher expects you to do all on your own is cheating.
  • Cheating is very different from working together. Cheating is when you copy directly from another student’s paper, or when a student dictates an answer to you. It is also definitely cheating when you print out two copies of an assignment done on a computer and give one to a friend. It is also definitely cheating when you split up an assignment and copy the other half from a classmate (see “jigsawing” above). Even if you change the font, it is still cheating and both (or all) students involved will be given ZEROS on the assignment and parents will be contacted.

3. It is cheating if you copy an assignment from past years’ students.

4.   It is cheating if you email an assignment to a friend so that he/she can print it out as if it is his/her own work.

5.  It is cheating if you directly cut and paste verbiage, charts, pictures, etc. off the Internet without proper citation. Turning in documents printed off the Internet that you did not compose is cheating.  Using the Internet to translate work into a foreign language from English, or from English to a foreign language, is also cheating, even if the original assignment is your own work.  

6Do not cheat on tests. Keep your eyes on your own papers, and never copy answers from other students.

 I have read and understand the Academic Honesty Policy.

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