Ethics & Honesty Policy

  • Honesty is…

    • Doing your own work.
    • Crediting others’ words, pictures, facts, and ideas.
    • Keeping your eyes on your own paper.
    • Helping or teaching others, not allowing the copying of your work.
    • Using all written and electronic sources with integrity.

    Shorecrest and the Shoreline School District have established a clear philosophical foundation for the expectation of integrity and authenticity for all student work.

    Shorecrest’s Guiding Mission states:

    • We each assume personal responsibility for achieving our educational and professional goals.
    • High standards and expectations are set for all students, with provisions for their individual learning styles.
    • A climate of trust and respect is essential for an effective learning environment.

    The District’s Mission includes engaging “all students in learning the academic and vocational skills needed to achieve their individual potential. We will do this in a manner that promotes responsibility to themselves and to others.”

    Integrity, authenticity, responsibility, and trust are the backbone of the Ethics & Honesty Policy.

    In addition to the philosophical underpinnings of the Ethics & Honesty Policy there is a practical consideration: teachers need to know exactly what students’ own work is in order to assess students’ proficiencies.

    Simply stated, we expect students to represent their own work (and to allow other students to represent their own work) honestly and accurately at all times.

    In assigning group work, the teacher holds responsibility for identifying individual and group accountability with regards to the Ethics & Honesty Policy.

    DISHONESTY

    Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following types of misconduct:

    Plagiarism:

    1. using writings, passages, ideas of others and passing them off as your own, (including, but not limited to, faxing, duplicating, file sharing, or transmittal using any technology);
    2. using an outside source (any work, published or unpublished, by a person other than you) without proper acknowledgement; or
    3. submitting or using falsified data or records.

    Cheating:

    1. Acting dishonestly and practicing fraud (deliberate deception in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain);
    2. Misrepresenting someone’s work as your own;
    3. Assisting or allowing someone to copy your work and represent it as their own;
    4. “Wandering eyes” (allowing your eyes to stray to another person’s work on quizzes or tests);
    5. Using unauthorized material including textbooks, notes, calculators, or computer programs during an examination or other assignment;
    6. Sharing test questions and/or answers with students in your class or in another class;
    7. Receiving test questions and/or answers from a student in your class or another class.

    Forgery/Stealing:

    1. Using unauthorized access to an exam or answers to an exam;
    2. Using an alternate, stand-in, or proxy during an examination;
    3. Altering computer and/or gradebook records; or
    4. Sabotaging or destroying the work of others;
    5. Forgery of signatures on attendance records, grade records, or any other school paperwork.

    Any student who violates the Ethics & Honesty Policy will be disciplined as follows:

    1st Offense:  Student is referred to a principal/designee, student’s performance on the assignment (or other academic activity) will receive a zero.  Parents will be notified by the administrator.

    2nd Offense: Student is short-term suspended from the class, not to exceed ten (10) school days. (Note: This may be the same or a different class from the first offense.)  Administrators will use the established suspension process with the due process notification.

    3rd Offense: Student is short-term suspended from all classes, not to exceed ten (10) school days. Parents will be contacted and due process rights will be given.

    Per Shoreline School District policy and procedures #3302 and #3302P.