Academic Honesty Statement Denfeld High School
All students need to be aware of the importance of academic honesty. The following information elaborates on what is in your student handbook and is meant to clarify this issue. If you have a question about academic honesty, please ask your counselor or English teacher before signing this document. Your signature indicates that you have read this carefully, understand what academic honesty is, and are prepared to bear the consequences of academic dishonesty if you practice it in any form. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse.
I. WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY?
A. PLAGIARISM: This is when an individual uses another person's ideas, expressions, or writing as if they were his/her own.
1. Copying verbatim- The most common form and happens when an individual copies words, expressions, or ideas directly from another source (e.g. book, article, Internet site, lab report, friend's paper) without giving proper credit to the author.
2. Paraphrasing- An individual borrows written ideas from a source and rewrites them in his/her own words, but does not give credit to the original author.
3. Use of an idea- An individual adapts an idea from a source without giving proper credit. (e.g. This could happen when asked to write an original piece such as a short story, you borrow an idea from a TV program, video, article, or classmate).
4. Unequal group participation- It is also considered cheating when a group is assigned an assignment as a team and the individuals do not do an equal share of the work, e.g., one member does the assignment and the other members copy from him/her instead of contributing their share.
B . SHARING IDEAS DURING TEST SITUATIONS: (e.g., sharing answers on a take-home exam, asking/telling other students what is on a quiz/test)
C. CHEATING ON TESTS AND QUIZZES: (e.g., bringing answers into the test room, copying from another student, or using unauthorized notes or technology)
II. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A STUDENT IS INVOLVED IN ACADEMIC DISHONESTY?
The teachers and administrators of this school expect all students to do their own work and not submit as their own work ideas from a resource book, another student, or any other source. This expectation refers to all homework, in-class assignments, and tests. Teachers will report cases of academic dishonesty to the principal. The consequences may include, but are not limited to:
A. FIRST OFFENSE: Parents will be informed of the incident, and the student loses credit for the
assignment or test. The student will receive a "Warning" conduct mark.
B. SECOND OFFENSE: A conference is scheduled with an administrator, the teacher, the student, and
his/her parents. The student loses credit for the assignment or test. The student receives an
"Unsatisfactory" conduct mark.
C. THIRD OFFENSE: Parent notification. The student is dropped from the class and is ineligible for
school activities. Official letter may be placed in student's file. Student will be disqualified from
academic honors at graduation.
III. HOW CAN I A VOID THE PROBLEM OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY?
If you have any doubts about your academic habits or about what constitutes academic honesty in a given class or on a given assignment, ask your teachers. They will tell you what the acceptable and permissible parameters are for their assignments, tests, or classes.
You and your parents should sign this form and return it to your English teacher. It will remain on file.
I understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty in its various forms, and I know how to avoid it. I will not engage in any form of academic dishonesty. My signature is evidence of my understanding and my commitment to uphold this policy.
These regulations pertain to the use of District and personal technology resources while on school property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities, as well as the use of District technology resources via off-campus access.
The Duluth Public Schools is pleased to offer students access to District computers, communications systems1, the Internet and an array of technology resources to promote educational excellence. Each student is responsible for his/her use of technology, whether personal or District-provided. While using District and personal technology resources on school property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities, as well as using District technology resources via off-campus access, each student must act in an appropriate manner consistent with school, District, and legal guidelines in this limited forum. It is the joint responsibility of school personnel and the parent or guardian of each student to educate the student about his/her responsibilities and to establish expectations when using technology.
(2) Using the Internet and Communications Systems1
District technology resources are provided to students to conduct research, complete assignments, and communicate with others in furtherance of their education.
(a) Access is a privilege not a right; as such, general rules of school behavior apply.
(b) Access to these services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Just as students are responsible for good behavior in a classroom or a school hallway, they must also be responsible when using school computer networks or personal technologies.
(c) Students must comply with District standards and honor this agreement to be permitted the use of technology.
(d) All digital storage that is provided by the District isDistrict property, and as such, authorized district employees mayreview files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that students are using technology responsibly.
(e) Students should not expect District provided file storage will be private.
(f) The educational value of technology integration in curriculum is substantial. Access to the Internet will enable students to use extensive online informational resources.
(g) Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, profane, sexually oriented or potentially offensive to some people. While the intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access these other materials as well. The Duluth Public Schools does not condone or permit the use of this material and uses content filtering software to protect students to the extent reasonable.
(h) Parents and guardians must be aware that content filtering software is not completely fail-safe and while at school, direct supervision by school personnel of each student using a computer is desired but not always possible.
(i) Students are expected to use technology resources in a manner consistent with the rules below and will be held responsible for their intentional misuse.
(j) The Duluth Public Schools believes that the benefits of student access to the Internet in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed any disadvantages.
(k) Ultimately, parents and/or guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using technology. If a student accidentally accesses inappropriate material they should back out of that information at once and notify the supervising district employee.
(l) When on district property or at a district sponsored event personal technologies must use district provided internet.
(3) Proper and Acceptable Use of All Technology Resources
All District technology resources, including but not limited to District computers, communications systems1 and the Internet, must be used in support of education and academic research and must be used in a manner consistent with the educational mission and objectives of the Duluth Public Schools.
Activities that are permitted and encouraged include:
(a) school work;
(b) original creation and presentation of academic work;
(c) research on topics being studied in school;
(d) research for opportunities outside of school related to community service, employment or further education consistent with District requirements
Activities that are not permitted when using District or personal technologies include but are not limited to:
(b) any activity that violates a school rule or a local, state, federal, or copyright law;
(c) using obscene language; harassing, insulting, ostracizing, cyber bullying or intimidating others;
(d) representing Copyright ©, Registered ®, and/or Trademark ™ materials as one’s own work;
(e) searching, viewing, communicating, publishing, downloading, storing, or retrieving materials that are not related to school work, community service, employment, or further education (thus, searching inappropriate materials is not permitted);
(f) damaging or modifying computers, networks or District-installed software;
(g) intentional or neglectful transmission of viruses or other destructive computer files; hacking into District or external technology systems; intentionally bypassing District filters;
(h) use of USB, bootable CDs, or other devices to alter the function of a computer or a network;
(i) subscription to any online services or ordering of any goods or services;
(j) online sharing of any student's or staff member’s name, home address, phone number or other personal information;
(k) non-educational uses such as games, role-playing multi-user environments, gambling, junk mail, chain mail, jokes or raffles;
(l) non-district supported participationin online Web 2.0 tools including but not limited to texting and social media unless specifically assigned by a district employee;
(m)use of District resources for commercial purposes, personal financial gain, or fraud, including but not limited to any activity that requires an exchange of money and/or credit card numbers, any activity that requires entry into an area of service for which the school will be charged a fee, any purchase or sale of any kind; and any use for product advertisement or political lobbying;
(n) pornographic, obscene, or vulgar images, sounds, music, video, language or materials, including screen savers, backdrops, and/or pictures, are prohibited
(o) downloading, uploading, or importing games, screen animations as well as programs or files that can be run or launched.
(p) Illegal use or transfer of copyrighted materials to a school-owned technology device is prohibited
(q) File sharing unless District approved.
(r) Adding, modifying or deleting files, except in the student's 'directory' or 'home directory,' are prohibited.
(s) Putting non-school related material (files) on school district technology devices is prohibited.
(t) Altering/modifying the original District pre-set software image is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to:
1. loading/installing any software applications
2. changing the desktop picture
3. changing the computer name
4. changing or removing operating system extensions
5. altering security software
6. altering the pre-loaded operating system or applications
7. taking apart the computer for access to internal parts
Students are expected to report harassment, threats, hate-speech and inappropriate content to a teacher or administrator. If a student has any questions about whether a specific activity is permitted, he or she should ask a districted employee.
(4) Online Assessments
Student assessments may be conducted using technologies such as the Internet or audience response systems. Normally, students will use these technologies as a part of their instructional day. Privacy and security, as defined above, along with confidentiality of assessment responses, are expected.
Any intentional act by a student that damages District technology hardware, software, operating systems, data, or services will be considered vandalism and will be subject to school rules and disciplinary procedures. Any intentional act that requires a person's time to repair, replace, or perform corrective work on District technologies or data is also considered vandalism.
(6) Consequences of Misuse
(a) Misuse of personal² or District technology resources while on school property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities, as well as the use of District technology resources via off-campus access may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
(b) This regulation shall be used in conjunction with Duluth Public Schools’ student policies. In addition, the student’s use of District technologies may be suspended or restricted.
(c) A school may temporarily hold (pending parental and/or same-day pick up) personal technology resources that are used inappropriately.
(d) Individual schools may choose to have additional rules and regulations pertaining to the use of personal, resources in their respective buildings.
(e) Intentional unauthorized access and/or damage to hardware, software, operating systems, data; or services may be punishable under local, state, or federal law.
(7) Student Access
Parents or guardians who do not wish their children to access the Internet must return the “Student Internet Permission Form” to their children’s schools by the date indicated on the form. These forms will be distributed to all households with the Back-to-School information in August prior to the start of the school year.
(8) Student Photographs and Works Displayed on the Internet
Parents or guardians who do not wish their children’s pictures or their children’s student work to be displayed on the Internet must return the “Request To Deny Public Access To Directory Information and Annual Notification Of Rights Under the Family Education Rights And Privacy Act (FERPA)” form to their children’s schools by the date indicated on the form. These forms will be distributed to all households with the Back-to-School information in August prior to the start of the school year.
Employees of Duluth Public Schools are granted the privilege of using technology only in an authorized and acceptable manner. Generally, a use is unacceptable if it conflicts with Duluth Public Schools or the individual department’s purpose, goal, or mission, or interferes with an employee’s authorized job duties or responsibilities as determined by his/her immediate supervisor. For purposes of this policy, the term “staff” includes permanent and temporary personnel, substitutes, contract personnel, hourly non-contract personnel, student teachers, volunteers, and outside agency personnel allowed use of District technology access.
Administration reserves the right to archive, monitor, review, and audit an employee’s use of technology at any time. By using technology, the user consents to this monitoring.
(c) with federal, state, and local government personnel or agencies, and private businesses with which the School District conducts business;
(f) limited and judicious use of technology for personal use so long as the use is not unacceptable use or violation of School Board policy or the law, and work productivity is not impacted. Employees are to use technology for personal use during designated break time or before/after scheduled work hours;
(g) limited and judicious use of technology for union business. Prior authorization is required from the Department of Human Resourcesor Superintendent.
Activities that are not permitted when using District or personal technologies include but are not limited to:
(a) excessive personal use of technology. Personal use will be deemed excessive if, in the opinion of an employee’s immediate supervisor, the use detracts from the individual employee’s or the department’s productivity;
(b) communicating to promote personal business ventures (e.g., advertise, promote, or attempt to sell any product, investment, insurance, or other financial proposition) or solicit funds for personal business, political, religious, or other personal causes;
(c) communicating for illegal purposes including, but not limited to: political lobbying, violating copyright laws, downloading, copying, or using unauthorized software (including screensavers), creating or knowingly spreading viruses, impersonating another user, or accessing restricted systems;
(d) interfering with or disrupting network users, services, or equipment including, but not limited to: creating or forwarding chain letters, subscribing to any form of personal mailing list; damaging equipment, accessing a system (including using another user id and/or password) without authorization, altering software settings such operating system configurations (except for wallpaper, default colors, and other standard desktop customization settings), or destroying communications systems or electronic files;
(e) accessing or distributing any communication which may constitute or contain intimidating, hostile, pornographic, offensive or discriminatory material on the basis or sex, race, color, religion, nation origin, sexual orientation or disability;
(2) Social Media Networks
The District recognizes the importance of online social media networks as a communication and e-learning tool. Toward that end, the District provides access to password-protected social media tools and District-approved technologies for e-learning and encourages use of District tools for collaboration by employees. However, public social media networks, outside of those sponsored by the District, may not be used for classroom instruction or school-sponsored activities without the prior authorization of the Superintendent, or designee, and parental consent for student participation on social networks. The District may use these tools and other communication technologies in fulfilling its responsibility for effectively communicating with the general public.
The District recommends Google Apps as its password protected social medial tool for educational use. The District has greater authority and responsibility to protect minors from inappropriate content and can limit public access within this limited public forum.
All social networking must be conducted using district-approved and/or provided and password-protected social media tools and technologies for e-learning. The District prohibits social networking relationships on non-district approved networks between employees in their roles as employees and students as well as between employees and alumni under the age of 18. The District does not discourage staff from having social networking relationships with students who are family members. “Family members” include the immediate family of a staff member, spouse, or registered domestic partner and shall include father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, child, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, and grandchild. Teachers are reminded of their responsibility to abide by the professional code of ethics at all times, including during the use of social networking sites. Employees have responsibility for maintaining appropriate employee-student relationships at all times and have responsibility for addressing inappropriate behavior or activity.
(3) Consequences of Misuse
(a) Misuse of personal or District technology resources while on school property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities, as well as the use of District technology resources via off-campus remote access may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
(b) Intentional unauthorized access and/or damage to networks, servers, user accounts, passwords, or other District resources may be punishable under local, state, or federal law.
Students and staff must use District technologies responsibly and in a secure manner. They must not share their logins, passwords, or access with others. By using technology, staff is agreeing to, and understands, it is their responsibility to protect employee and/or student information accessed through the Financial/Human Resources information system and/or student information system, and will not release the data to any unauthorized employees or outside agencies.
D. Reliability and Limitation of Liability
(a) The Duluth Public Schools makes no warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, for the technology resources it provides to students and staff.
(b) The Duluth Public Schools will not be responsible for any damages suffered by the student, including those arising from non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, service interruptions, unauthorized use, loss of data, and exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material or people. This applies to personal use of technology by students and staff.
(c) Use of any information obtained via the Internet or communications technologies is at the student’s or staff’s own risk.
(d) The Duluth Public Schools specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the Internet.
(e) The student and his/her parent/guardian will indemnify and hold the Duluth Public Schools harmless from any losses sustained as the result of misuse of the District’s technology resources by the student.
1(Communication systems include e-mail, web social media, phones, pagers, text messaging, instant messaging, blogging, podcasting, listservs, and/or other emerging technologies).
2(Personal technologies include but are not limited to cell phones, digital and image devices, handheld electronic devices, two-way radios, and/or other emerging technologies).
Duluth School District Policy 5085 (School Discipline Policy)
Duluth School District Policy 3090 (Copyright Policy)
Duluth School District Policy 4025 (Standards of Conduct for Personnel)
Duluth School District Policy 3187 (Use Policy for Technology and Internet Access)
Boulder (Colorado) School District Acceptable Internet Use Policy
Henrico (Virginia) County Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy
Children’s Internet Protection Act
Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act
Approved: 12-16-97 ISD 709
Received by School Board:
The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the Duluth Public Schools’ computer system and responsible and safe use of the Internet, including electronic communications.
B. General Statement of Policy
In making decisions regarding student and employee access to the Duluth Public Schools’ computer system and the Internet, including electronic communications, the school district considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees. Access to the school district computer system and to the Internet enables students and employees to explore thousands of libraries, databases, blogs,and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world. The school district expects that faculty will promote responsible use of the school district computer system and the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in their use.
C. Limited Forum for District’s Educational Use
The Duluth Public Schools is providing students and employees with access to the school district computer system, which includes Internet access. The purpose of the system is more specific than providing students and employees with general access to the Internet. The school district system has a limited educational purpose, which includes use of the system for classroom activities, educational research, and professional or career development activities. Users are expected to use Internet access through the district system to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of the school district and school policies. Uses which might be acceptable on a user’s private personal account on another system may not be acceptable on this limited-purpose network.
D. Use of System is a Privilege
The use of the Duluth Public Schools’ system and access to use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous violations, unacceptable use of the school district system or the Internet may result in one or more of the following consequences: suspension or cancellation of use or access privileges; payments for damages and repairs; discipline under other appropriate school district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of employment; or civil or criminal liability under other applicable laws.
Guidelines for Internet Access use are contained in Regulation 3187R.
It is the policy of the Duluth Public Schools to:
(1) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications;
(2) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;
(3) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors;
(4) educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response; and
(5) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
C. Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter the Internet. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions that are deemed obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.
Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
D. Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Duluth Public Schools online computer network when using electronic mail blogs, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes:
(1) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and
(2) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
E. Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Duluth Public Schools staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet protection Act.
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Technology Department or designated representatives.
F. CIPA definitions of terms:
TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE. The term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:
(1) OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
(2) CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
(3) Harmful to minors.
HARMFUL TO MINORS. The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:
(a). Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
(b). Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
(c). Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
(4) SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT. The terms “sexual act” and “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.
Children’s Internet Protection Act
Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act
15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq. (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)
17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. (Copyrights)
20 U.S.C. § 6751 et seq. (Enhancing Education through Technology Act
47 U.S.C. § 254 (Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA))
47 C.F.R. § 54.520 (FCC rules implementing CIPA)
Minn. Stat. § 125B.15 (Internet Access for Students)
Minn. Stat. § 125B.26 (Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Act)
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733,21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969)
United States v. American Library Association, 539 U.S. 194, 123 S.Ct.2297, 56 L.Ed.2d 221 (2003)
Layshock v. Hermitage Sch. Dist., 412 F.Supp. 2d 502 (2006)
J.S. v. Bethlehem Area Sch. Dist., 807 A.2d 847 (Pa. 2002)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 403 (Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal
of School District Employees)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 406 (Public and Private Personnel Data)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 505 (Distribution of Nonschool-Sponsored
Materials on School Premises by Students and Employees)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 506 (Student Discipline)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 515 (Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 519 (Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 521 (Student Disability Nondiscrimination)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 522 (Student Sex Nondiscrimination)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 603 (Curriculum Development)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 604 (Instructional Curriculum)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 606 (Textbooks and Instructional Materials)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 806 (Crisis Management Policy)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 904 (Distribution of Materials on School
District Property by Nonschool Persons)
Adopted: 12-16-97 ISD709
I.S.D. #709 Student Discipline Policy
Students and parents are reminded that the "... use of Duluth Public Schools Internet access is limited to educational purposes such research, professional development, instruction and collaborative educational projects." ( 3187R - Internet Use Regulations)
Students misusing the computer network, Internet, software applications, and/or hardware are in violation of the following school district policy and will be disciplined:
5.27 School Discipline Policy 5085
Data tampering, unauthorized use of data, violation of the District Internet Policy (Board Policy 3187 and 3187R); i.e. software modification or copyright violation, any attempt to install or use slftware that has not been approved by the district, violation of district network security, hardware damage/vandalism, etc.
Minimum Discipline Action:
1st Offense - Loss or restriction of Technology use. Suspension and notification of parents/guardians, police, or probation officer, if applicable. Required restitution by parent/guardian and student, and student conference. 1 to 3 days in-school or out-of-school suspension.
2nd Offense - Loss or restriction of Technology use. 3 days out-of-school suspension. Consideration for expulsion. The parent/guardian and student shall be liable for restitution.
It is the intent of the School District to adhere to the provisions of state and federal copyright laws. The following procedures represent a sincere effort to comply with the law:
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