Academic Integrity

Academic Honesty Policy and Honor Code

(Adapted from the Fremont Union High School District Academic Integrity Policy)



Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, data, ideas, research, or documentation without giving proper credit to the source. However, it goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for an exam/test/quiz, or using or providing unauthorized materials during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as the theft or falsification of records and files.



PLEASE NOTE: Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples)

  • Looking at someone else’s work product or knowingly allowing someone else to look at one’s work product
  • Using any kind of “cheat notes” during a test or quiz
  • Copying work expected to be done independently or letting others copy one’s work
  • Having unauthorized access to or using stolen tests or quizzes
  • Providing or selling tests or quizzes (or information about a test or quiz) to other students
  • Using an electronic device (calculator, cell phone, camera, or other gadget) to give, receive, or copy information before, during, or after a test or quiz
  • Collaborating on an test, quiz or assignment with any other person without prior approval from the teacher
  • Lying about attendance or ability to complete assignments and/or assessments
  • Lying about other people being responsible for low grades or missing assignments
  • Claiming credit for work on a group project when work was done by others
  • Attempting to misrepresent the authorship of student work (e.g., having someone else write a paper)
  • Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, or passages from an un-cited source while writing a paper or doing research
  • Using the views, opinions, or insights of others without proper acknowledgment
  • Fabricating, altering, or falsifying laboratory data
  • Accessing and/or using copyrighted test bank questions or any materials designed for instructors’ use only


A teacher’s professional judgment guides the implementation of the Academic Honesty Policy. The teacher is responsible for setting the academic expectations, explaining the consequences of the Policy, evaluating any evidence of student misconduct in light of the Policy, and determining whether the Policy has been violated. Students are to conduct themselves in a sensible manner and not give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.



Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy are serious offenses and will be met with serious consequences. Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy are cumulative for all the years a student is enrolled at Milpitas High School.

First Offense:

  • The student will have a reduction in grade/credit (up to, and including, an “F” grade/“0” credit) on the assignment, test, or quiz based on the teacher’s grading system.
  • The student’s semester grade may, at the teacher’s discretion, be lowered by one full letter grade.
  • The teacher will confer with the student and contact the parent/guardian by phone or e-mail to review the academic dishonesty incident within two school days of becoming aware of the incident.
  • The teacher will submit a written referral, with appropriate documentation, to an administrator who will meet with the student and document the incident.
  • Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, a warning and a signed student/parent statement that acknowledges the violation and indicates an understanding of further consequences for subsequent offenses, detention, and/or suspension from school.

Second Offense:

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student.
  • The student will be given an “F” for the six week grading period in which the incident occurred.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.

Third (and Subsequent Offenses):

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ALL of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.



Students wishing to contest decisions resulting from the administration of the Academic Honesty Policy may submit their appeals in writing to the principal.


Administrators, teachers, parents, and students share the responsibility for Academic Honesty.


The student will:

  • set aside sufficient time to study
  • regularly attend class and actively participate
  • protect their work
  • observe test time limits
  • not look at another’s test or allow his or her test to be seen
  • not talk during a test or about the test until all classes have taken it
  • not represent the work of another as his or her own
  • not change a test item in any way when the test is returned for review
  • not allow one member of a team to do the whole task
  • learn how to attribute work properly by citation, footnote, and bibliography
  • not enter teacher offices and other restricted areas without permission



The parent will:

  • communicate the values of moral and ethical behavior to the student
  • refrain from placing undue pressure for high grades on the student
  • be aware of a student’s need for a quiet time and a place to study
  • support the student’s efforts, but refrain from doing the work for them
  • encourage wise use of time



The teacher will:

  • review the Academic Honesty Policy along with their course syllabi and clearly spell out the consequences for academic dishonesty in their classes
  • be specific as to whether work is to be cooperative or individual (e.g., clarify the definition and expectations for “group work”)
  • keep completed assignments and tests secure
  • inform students if unannounced tests will be used in the course
  • ensure that grades and grade books are private and safe
  • not allow teaching assistants (TA’s) to make or maintain grade entries



The administrator will:

  • provide copies of the Academic Honesty Policy to all teachers for distribution to students
  • support teachers in administering discipline and upholding the Academic Honesty Policy
  • record incident/follow-up action in Aeries; inform teachers about outcome of the referral
  • facilitate conferences and counsel students in every case of academic dishonesty
  • collaborate with teachers in maintaining a secure digital and physical environment
  • review and resolve appeals