CHEATING IS DEFINED AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you copy or allow to be copied any assignment by any method.
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you use any unauthorized aid on quizzes, tests, or exams.
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you steal, possess or view a copy of a test beforehand.
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you give or receive help on a test.
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you take someone else’s work and submit it as yours (homework, class work, essays, projects).
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you scan, alter or forge any school document.
YOU ARE CHEATING IF you plagiarize, meaning you submit material written or designed by someone else without giving the author/creator credit or naming the source, if you paraphrase or summarize someone else’s ideas without crediting the original source, or you submit work created by family, friends or tutors.
Above all, you are cheating yourself of genuine learning when you copy or cheat in any manner.
Consequences of Cheating
Acts of cheating occurring in the classroom are subject to penalties established by the classroom teacher. Sanctions may include but are not limited to:
- Reduced or failing grade
- Notification of parents
- Suspension from school
- Parent conference
- Exclusion from school activities such as participation in the graduation ceremony, dances, sporting events, field trips, etc.
- Refusal of the teacher to write letters of recommendation
- A single serious infraction may be immediately referred to an administrator. This information may be shared with prospective colleges when posed as a question to the school.
- A SINGLE VIOLATION OF A SERIOUS NATURE MAY RESULT IN IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION
Strategies to Use in Place of Cheating
- When you are falling behind in a class, ask for help from the teacher, your guidance counselor, the afterschool tutors, the department chair or an administrator.
- When you are preparing a research paper or report of information, verify the rules for documentation with your teacher.
- Ask successful students to share their study habit tips with you rather than copy their work.
- Ask your teacher to organize study groups before major tests.
- Accept the fact that some learning requires serious, even tedious, efforts.
The following Honor Pledge should be included at the beginning of every final exam and signed by the student:
“On my honor as a student of GHC, I will neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance on this exam, nor shall I divulge or discuss its contents with any student for any reason prior to the close of final exams. In addition, I will notify my teacher of any infractions of this honor code of which I am personally aware.”