Academic Integrity

 
At Rosary it is expected that the grades students receive will reflect, in the fairest possible way, the academic work they have accomplished. Cheating of any kind is contrary to the school philosophy and Christian values and has serious consequences. Each time a student cheats, every student is hurt be cause the value of the Rosary diploma is lessened and respect for the school is diminished. 
 
Academic dishonesty involves an attempt by a student to show possession of knowledge or skill which she truly does not possess. 
 
Cheating is using dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means to obtain or attempt to obtain credit for academic work not one’s own. This includes using notes, aids, help of other students in ways other than those permitted by the instructor, tampering with the grading process, looking at another student’s exam, and/or allowing another student to cheat from one’s own exam or other coursework or homework. 
 
Plagiarizing is the taking and passing off as one’s own the ideas, writings, etc. of another. Plagiarism is considered a serious offense whether it occurs in a class assignment, essay, project, term paper, or school publication. Teachers have the option to use turnitin.com to check papers for plagiarism. 
 
During every testing situation, each student is expected to follow these procedures: 
  • All books, papers, and other belongings are to be placed in an area designated by the teacher.
  • Absolutely no talking during the testing period.
  • Each student must bring her own materials; borrowing is not allowed.
  • If assistance is needed, the student is to raise her hand and wait for the teacher’s attention.
  • Each student must remain in her seat and is not allowed to leave the room except in an emergency. Students are not allowed to leave the class room when finished with the test until the end of the testing period.
  • The student must keep her eyes on her own paper.
  • The student is to sit straight forward in her desk with the paper flat on her desk out of view of other students.
  • At the teacher’s request, the student must write and sign an honor pledge when the test is completed. This reads as follows: “I have neither given nor received any aid on this test,” followed by the student’s signature.
   
 CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 
  • All test papers, quizzes, or assignments will be taken from the student(s) violating the policy.
  • A student found cheating and/or plagiarizing will receive, upon the discretion of the teacher, a grade of F or a zero for the test, quiz, or assignment. This may lower a quarter or semester grade substantially.
  • Parents will be notified by the teacher.
  • Teachers will complete the Cheating/Plagiarism Referral Form and give a copy to the Assistant Principal of Student Services and the student’s Academic Counselor. An Administrative Detention will be assigned. If a parent conference is warranted, the Assistant Principal will contact them.
  • Repeated violations or a single serious violation may lead to more serious disciplinary actions such as probation, suspension, or expulsion.
  • Academic Counselors may report a student’s violation of the Academic Integrity Policy on college recommendations for that student.
  • Violations of academic integrity, even in the fourth quarter, may seriously compromise a senior’s grades and any honors, academic or otherwise, which she may have earned.