“ Our expectation is that all students will use their minds well in the process of learning
and producing quality academic work. We will not tolerate plagiarism.

Plagiarism is “academic thievery”. It is the representation of someone else’s ideas as
your own. The use of reputable sources in certain papers or projects is a sign of scholarship.
However, if those sources are not acknowledged in an in-text citation, a footnote, an endnote or a
bibliography, the result is plagiarism. Sources include, books, encyclopedias, reference works,
magazines, on-line Internet services, audio and videotapes. All of these sources must be
acknowledged.” 1.

“ Examples of serious plagiarism are:

Buying a paper from a research service or term paper mill.
Turning in another student’s work with or without that student’s
Turning in a paper someone else has written for the student.
Copying, word for word, from source material and handing it in as
your own.

Student Consequences will be:

A mandatory zero will be given for the assignment/exam.
A report will be given to the dean.
A possible ‘F’ for the quarter in which the incident occurred.” 2.

Each year teachers will instruct students on the plagiarism policy. This will take place at
the start of the school year as follows:
Grade 9 In their English classes.
Grade 10 In their English and World History classes.
Grade 11 In their English and U.S. History classes.
Grade 12 In their English classes and appropriate electives.

We encourage all teachers to review the plagiarism policy with their students before a
major assignment or project.

* Parents and students will be asked to sign a copy of the policy when the student is
assigned a major research paper in any of their classes.

Sources: 1. Brush High School, Policy Book
2. Falls Church High School, Falls Church, Virginia, Academic Policy.
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