MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
GOAL: The success of a school depends on the combined efforts of the faculty, administration, students and PTSA. This is particularly important when it comes to the issue of academic integrity. Miami Beach Senior High School strives for the highest degree of integrity from its faculty, administration and students.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY DEFINED: Cheating is defined as “the giving or receiving of unauthorized information to gain an unfair advantage in your work.” Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as “the act of taking the language, thoughts, or ideas of another, including works of art and music, and presenting them as one’s own without acknowledgement.”
CONSEQUENCES OF CHEATING/PLAGIARISM
FIRST OFFENSE: “F” on the assignment. “F” in conduct for the quarter. Immediate referral to administration for consideration of additional actions. All other teachers of the students will be notified as well as the student’s coaches, faculty advisors and counselors. A Parent-teacher-counselor conference must be scheduled.
SECOND OFFENSE: A second offense means any second cheating or plagiarism event in the same academic year. Even if the second offense occurs in a different class, it will be considered a second offense. The consequences of a second offense are: “F” for the academic year in the subject in which the second offense occurs. A referral to administration will be written for consideration of additional action.
ADDITIONAL RULES FOR AP/IB CLASSES AND SCHOLAR’S ACADEMY STUDENTS:
Any cheating or plagiarism on an IA, External Assessment or AP test will result in immediate dismissal from the IB program, disqualification of the AP and/or IB test, and dismissal from the Scholar’s Academy. This applies to first offenses.
Any episode of cheating, even if a first offense, may be considered by faculty/administration in deciding future AP/IB placement.
Any episode of cheating/plagiarism will result in notification of colleges/universities/scholarship funds to which the student applied. The teacher has the right to withdraw any recommendation letter written on a student’s behalf with notice of the cheating/plagiarism.
It is recommended that teacher’s include for student signature the following on all tests/quizzes/papers and projects:
“The work contained herein is my own. I neither gave nor received any unauthorized aid or assistance.”