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The Code of Conduct written here cannot address all behaviors. Even if one particular behavior is not mentioned it does not mean that no consequence applies. The majority of situations are simple and easily solved. Consequences will be given depending on the danger and severity of the offense. Staff and employees of the School will address any situation they deem necessary to address.
FAIS Student Honor Code
We hold a steadfast commitment to respect, fairness, empathy, and truthfulness in our actions and communications, and to respect possessions and property.
The people listed below may remind students at any time of proper behavior to follow. These people may ask that consequences be applied for certain behaviors.
- Head of School
- Middle School Division Head
- All teachers including technology director, librarian, and coaches
- Aides, custodians, or any other adult employee of the School
Possible Consequences to Infractions
Please refer to the Discipline Policy located in student planners. An Infraction Report will be filled for behaviors that do not comply with the Code of Conduct. Consequences will be decided in accordance with the deemed seriousness of the offense. Infraction Reports will be sent to parents.
- Removal of a Privilege: Student may be denied temporary access to the playground or playground equipment, the Rose Préau, a school dance, a ski trip, computers, free walking on campus, etc. A student may be asked to sit in the hall outside of a classroom, sit on the side of the playground, or similar places, until they are ready to rejoin the group.
- Detention: Student spends non-class time in a room, under adult supervision. During this time, the student needs to be silent and may be given a task to complete.
- In-School Suspension: Student spends time at school during school hours but may not attend regular classes. A specific task will be given to the student. Student is responsible for making up work missed on that day.
- Out of School Suspension: Student is not allowed to attend school for a given number of days. Student is responsible for making up work missed during suspension.
- Restitution: Consists of replacing or repairing object(s) or place(s) so that the original state is restored, or in making amends for interpersonal or emotional wrong-doings. It can also be time given back to the School for time wasted.
- PIP: These are the initials for a Personal Improvement Plan. PIPs are designed to help the student build skills necessary to improve behavior, performance, or conduct.
- Expulsion: Student is not allowed to attend FAIS anymore.
Respect includes attention, consideration, and appreciation of others. It also includes tolerance of or acceptance of others, without judgment or question. While respect is to be shown to all members of our community, respect—or acceptance—of procedures is also expected.
- All students have equal rights to be at school, express their opinions, and get the attention and support they deserve. Students have the right to expect attention and support from the staff regardless of their race, age, physical capacities, color, sex, or religion.
- Students have the right to be addressed politely and feel safe about voicing their opinions.
- Students have the right to request a time to collect themselves if they have difficulty controlling their emotions.
- Students have the right to have their bodies to themselves and be free from unsolicited touching or grabbing.
- Be considerate of others’ feelings (abstain from use of relational aggression).
- Show empathy for other people.
- Accept others regardless of race, age, physical capacities, color, sex, or religion.
- Use appropriate (non-derogatory, non-offensive, non-threatening) language and gestures.
- Abstain from fighting, grabbing, pushing, tripping, shoving, biting, spitting, pulling hair, or throwing of anything, even with the intent of joking.
- Report all disrespectful actions or behaviors.
- Respect privacy of body, person, and property.
- Accept and listen to all adults in the School.
- Relational Aggression
- Non-Verbal Aggression
- Dress Code / Appropriate Clothing
Appropriate language is free from derogatory remarks, sexual or sexist references, hate speech, insults, threats, teasing, or spreading of rumors. Spoken language should also occur at an appropriate tone and volume. This means speaking without sarcasm and at a volume only loud enough for those in the immediate vicinity to hear. Screaming, shouting, yelling, and loud cheering are generally not appropriate forms of spoken language at school.
Relational aggression is defined by the French American International School as any behavior that harms others through damage or threat of damage to relationships or feelings of acceptance, friendship or group inclusion. Examples of such behavior include unwelcome teasing, name-calling, excluding, humiliating, spreading rumors, playing harmful practical jokes, threatening (e.g. to isolate, to harm), disrespecting another’s property, coercing, and manipulating power in a relationship. Students who participate in such behavior, repeated over time, will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.
Students will refrain from pushing, shoving, tripping, kicking, spitting, biting, or grabbing. These activities may start out playful and escalate into threats or violence. Unacceptable non verbal communication also includes physical actions, gestures, or symbols which are known to be vulgar and/or offensive (i.e. rolling of eyes when addressing an adult, walking away before a person has finished talking, and so forth).
Affection between students will be used and demonstrated with moderation. Students will refrain from unwanted physical contact with other students, including tugging at or snapping other people’s clothes. Students will listen when asked by their peer to stop such behavior.
Harassment, hazing, menacing, bullying, intimidation, or discrimination (hereafter referred to as harassment) or any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces a student or staff member will not be tolerated. Harassment of students by other students or employees based on a student’s sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic is prohibited conduct and will not be tolerated. Harassment may be verbal, written or physical in nature and includes, but is not limited to more subtle forms of harassment such as unwelcome posters, cartoons, caricatures, and jokes.
Sexual harassment includes: sexually suggestive remarks, gestures or jokes; derogatory sexual terms for people; deliberate and unwelcome touching, pinching, brushing or patting; sexual illustrations; describing or asking about personal sexual experiences; hazing, pranks, or other intimidating behavior directed toward a person because of their gender; unwelcome advances; requests for sexual favors; and sexual assault.
Reporting and Consequences
Anyone who has engaged in such behaviors will be subjected to disciplinary action up to and including immediate expulsion and the School may report the behavior to law enforcement officials if it believes that behavior has caused harm to or threatens the physical safety of another student.
Any student or employee who believes he or she has been harassed (or a parent who believes that his or her child has been harassed) should immediately report it to the student’s teacher, the school counselor, the Division Head, or the Head of School. All harassment complaints will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken to stop the behavior. Students, parents or employees who raise concerns about harassment or who cooperate in an investigation of alleged harassment will not suffer retaliation for engaging in these activities. Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent practicable under the circumstances and the School will share information learned in an investigation only with those who have a reasonable need to know.
If one has been a victim of such behaviors, and the behavior has not caused or threatened physical harm to the student, he or she is encouraged to begin by letting the offender know that the offensive behavior (as long as it is not physically violent or dangerous) is unwelcome. If this does not stop the behavior, the person is then encouraged to seek help from an aide, teacher, or other staff member. If the situation is not resolved, students or parents are encouraged to inform the child’s teacher, the School Counselor or the Division Head. If the behavior has caused harm to or threatens the physical safety of a student, the student or parent should immediately seek help from an aide, teacher, or other staff member and should inform the child’s teacher, the School Counselor or the Division Head. Steps will be taken to understand and investigate the complaint, and consequences will be determined and assigned as necessary and appropriate to the situation.
Why a dress code?
Developing awareness of one's image; how you present yourself to others
- Preparation for life beyond Gilkey, including work and professional life
Dresses and skirts must be school appropriate and fingertip length. Shorts must have at least a three-inch inseam.
- No plunging or revealing necklines for boys or girls. (This varies on the individual body type.)
- No bare midriff, tube tops, or exercise "jog bras"
- No translucent tops, skirts, or dresses
- No "sagging" pants or low-rise jeans with visible underwear showing above the waistline
- No drug, alcohol, sex, or race-related symbols or messages on clothing
Students needing an intervention or support may be sent to the office and asked to change or put on a T-shirt and/or sweats on loan from the School. It is never our intention or desire to embarrass, shame, or reduce student learning time.
Students will wear appropriate clothing for P.E.: tennis shoes with non-marking soles and athletic pants, with a comfortable T-shirt or sweatshirt. Jeans or pants with abrasive buttons and zippers are not appropriate.
- Students have the right to study in clean surroundings.
- Students have the right to keep their learning material safe at school.
- Students have the right to have their material respected.
- Students have the right to expect that their school is physically maintained.
- Leave all valuables at home: electronics, jewelry, money, etc.
- Keep belongings in lockers or backpacks.
- Write name on all belongings.
- Borrow property of others only with permission.
- Throw away or take home uneaten food.
- Use garbage and recycling bins appropriately.
- Clean up after lunch in accordance with decisions made by lunch supervisor.
- Keep tables, chairs, doors, walls, decks, locks, and outside furniture free of graffiti.
- Use furniture appropriately.
- Comply with an adult who requires a cleaning task to be done.
- Use bathrooms appropriately.
- Abstain from using teachers’ materials, desks, and closets.
- Electronic Communication Device Policy for Students
- Personal Belongings
- Other People’s Belongings
- Respecting the School Grounds
Electronic communication devices (ECDs) include, but are not limited to, smart phones, cell phones, computers including laptops, netbooks, MP3 players, game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders, and voice recorders. Use of such devices includes, but is not limited to, voice calls, texting, social networking, taking, sending or posting photos or videos, instant messaging, and emailing.
In the interest of maintaining a quality academic program and your child’s right to an uninterrupted and focused day, we have found the need to regulate the use of these personal devices. We recognize the prevalence of electronic communication devices (ECDs) as a means of communication in today’s world. Parents who need to communicate with their child during the school day should call or email the School.
FAIS expects appropriate and responsible use of electronic communication devices (both personally-owned and school-owned). ECDs may be used only with permission and under supervision of a staff member at all times when on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities.
Any ECDs brought from home that are not being used for academic needs must be stored in the OFF (not silent) position in the student’s bag. FAIS is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items brought from home, including ECDs that have been confiscated by staff members.
Use of a digital device to bully or harass any person is strictly prohibited. See the FAIS Behavioral Standards Policy for more information about bullying and harassment.
If a staff member notes inappropriate and/or unauthorized use of an ECD, the staff member may confiscate the ECD. The student will be requested to power off the device and give it to the staff member. The student will be informed when he/she may retrieve the ECD and if there will be further consequences. If there are grounds for believing this is a legal issue, the device will be placed into an envelope and sealed, with the student’s name, date, time, and signature of staff member who confiscated device. In this case, the device will be turned over to law enforcement.
Personal belongings will be kept in lockers or backpacks. The locker areas will be cleaned up every night after school. Any personal belonging that has not been picked up in due time will be placed in the lost and found. The lost and found is located in the colored bins in the gym. Unclaimed items are donated to a charity five times a year, before each vacation period lasting one week or more.
Students will ask for permission from the owner before touching his or her personal belongings (this includes classroom material such as erasers, pencils, etc). Students will return borrowed materials in a timely manner and replace any lost or damaged items, including books. Students will not steal from other students’ backpacks or from the student store. Students will not abuse other people’s belongings (i.e. hide somebody’s backpack; take somebody’s lunch, etc.).
Students will ask permission of the Gilkey Administrative Assistant or a teacher before taking anything from the Gilkey Office.
Students will ask permission from a teacher, an assistant, an aide, or another adult employee of the school before using a school phone. Phone calls may not be made to pagers.
If a student writes on school furniture, walls, doors, etc., the student will be asked to clean material, pay for the cleaning of the material, or in the event that irreparable damage is done, replace the material.
School grounds refer to the entire campus, including the playground, classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and bathrooms. Students need to do their part to keep the campus clean. This includes cleaning up after lunch or snack, gathering personal effects after classes, walking in and around plants and flower beds, keeping rocks and bark in their designated place, and showing similar respect for all parts of the campus.
A student may be asked to perform some cleaning task if he or she litters or fails to clean up. If the behavior persists, the Division Head may require restitution in the form of service tasks benefiting the school community.
Furniture and Material
- Appropriate use includes: Refraining from tossing or throwing material
- Refraining from sitting on tables or backs of chairs
- Refraining from rocking in chairs
- Refraining from the destruction or dismantlement of doors,
- windows, or screens
- Refraining from writing on desks, walls, chairs or lockers
Lost or Damaged Property
Students will treat all equipment as if it was their own. No final grade will be entered and no report card sent for students who have not resolved issues of lost or damaged property.
- Students are expected to use the bathroom for its intended purposes ONLY.
- Students are expected to notify teachers of plumbing problems or a lack of adequate supplies in the bathrooms.
- Students are expected to replace material themselves if possible (replacing TP rolls).
- Students are expected to leave the toilet area as it was found (wipe seat, flush, etc.).
Responsibility entails accountability for one’s actions and answering for one’s behaviors.
Students have the right to work in an environment conducive to learning, and to expect others to demonstrate responsibility for their actions and behaviors.
- Attend school
- Arrive to school on time
- Follow schedules
- Arrive in class with proper materials
- Be prepared to work
- Pay attention in class
- Complete all tasks requested by teachers
- Respect all classroom rules
- Show respect to all adult staff, including aides
- Not put self or others in danger
- Notify school of absences (preplanned and not)
- Ask for and complete make up work due to absences
- Be honest with self, peers, teachers
- Deal with issues in polite, civilized, non harmful ways
- Respect the code of behavior
- Use school resources according to regulations and guidelines
- Accommodate the sharing of school grounds with lower school
- Keep track of grades in the planner
- Keep grade keeping chart up-to-date and signed by parents.
- Class Work and Homework
- Classroom Behavior
- Cheating and Plagiarism
- Use of the Gymnasium
- Campus Privileges
- Field Trips
Students are expected to be present at school everyday. Chronic unexcused absences will be referred to the Head of School.
While family trips often enrich the education and experiences of the student, such trips are not encouraged while school is in session. It is impossible for students to make up missed class discussions and labs. Trips are encouraged during the scheduled breaks of the school year. However, sometimes such arrangements are impossible. Ideally, students shall not miss more than ten days due to prearranged family trips.
The school day begins at 8:30 a.m., at which time students should be in class with needed materials. Students should arrive on time for each class. Attendance is taken every period. If a student arrives more than ten minutes late after a class has started without a note of excuse, that student will be considered truant.
Parents will notify the Middle School Office in case of all absences: unplanned and pre-arranged. In the case of prearranged absences, if the office is notified in writing at least one week in advance, teachers can provide lessons/homework which will be missed. Such assignments will be due the day the student returns. Again, it is difficult to make up work done in class. All classes are part of the curriculum and students are expected to attend. If a student chooses not to attend a class, the family will be notified and appropriate consequences will be discussed.
Students will use their planner to record daily and long term assignments. All teachers have different homework policies with which students should familiarize themselves. Students will refer to Rjenda to verify assignments and due dates.
Students are expected to find out what was missed after an absence, and complete any assigned work. This may necessitate copying notes from a fellow student’s notebook. If assistance from teachers is required, please ask. Work not completed may have an impact on the student’s progress.
Please refer to the Assessment Policy at the end of this section.
Students who fail a class or who are in danger of failing a class will be placed on academic probation. An individual plan, with goals and deadlines, will be designed by the student’s teachers, advisor, the Division Head and/or the Head of School to meet the needs of the individual student in difficulty. The student’s parents will be consulted and involved in the plan.
Students will respect the rules established and posted in each classroom. Consequences resulting from the disregard of these rules are left to the discretion of the teacher. Students are to apply the “respect, responsibility, safety” behaviors, as outlined here in the Code of Conduct, in the classrooms. Disrupting the learning environment by constant chatter, not being prepared with materials (including planner), trying to get another student’s attention, passing notes, making faces, etc. may result in the student being asked to leave the room temporarily and go to the office. Repeated disruptive classroom behavior will result in appropriate consequences.
Copying material or ideas without crediting the source material is not allowed. This includes recopying parts of a book, periodical, internet source or any other material such as images, video clips, music, or audio files in any type of assignment. Punitive action, including assigning the student a failing grade for the assignment, may be taken at the discretion of the teacher. Please refer to Academic Honesty Policy at the end of this section.
The gymnasium, Rose Préau Commons and Préau may be used by Gilkey students when supervised by the Gilkey P.E. staff. If a class is present in the gym, whether working with a P.E. teacher or another teacher, students are expected to refrain from entering the gym. The gym may not be used as an alternative route through the main building. It is a disturbance to the class in progress. When leaving the gym after any activity, students are expected to leave the equipment in the same state as when they found it, or better. If equipment has not been put away, students may be asked to assist in the upkeep or cleaning of the gymnasium. Non-compliance with this rule will result in an infraction report.
Middle School students are free to walk on campus unsupervised, provided that they walk on the sidewalks, respect traffic regulations, cross the streets safely, and behave in a proper manner. Behaving in a proper manner includes modeling good behavior for the younger students at the school—no running, screaming, or waving to classrooms in session. Students should use sidewalks instead of the wooden decks when walking to the main building; other classes should not be disturbed under any circumstances.
During recess and breaks, students may be on the playground or in the area in front of Satellite 3. Once a student has chosen an area to spend the rest of recess in, he or she must stay in that area until the end of lunch/recess. Students may not change locations during recess. Students will be asked to leave a room which has not been designated as a recess room or is not supervised by an adult employee of the School. Lunch and recess rules are posted in each classroom for reference.
When students arrive before 8:15 a.m., they MUST report to the Early Arrival room (the gym) and may NOT be in classrooms unsupervised. Parents should notify the office as early as possible of students leaving early or changes in pick-up.
ALL Gilkey students will walk up to the circle at 3:45 pm where they will wait to be picked up, unless they are authorized to use Lot C. It is important that parents and students know their pick-up number or the number of those picking them up. It is important that students are ready to be picked up with all their belongings. Students who have not been picked up at 4 pm WILL be sent to FASCA.
Students will calmly sit while eating their lunch and may not move from one room to another. Lunch is supervised by Extended Care aides and all students must respect their authority. When students finish their lunch they are expected to recycle or discard all lunch waste into the appropriate receptacles, fully clean the eating surface they used, clean the floor around their eating area (with soap and a paper towel if necessary), clean out the interior of desks and check with an aide prior to leaving the lunch-room. Students are expected to spend their lunch recess outside, weather permitting. Lunch recess will be allowed inside only in designated rooms.
Playground and Recess
It is the student’s responsibility to find or to play games which do not put people in danger. When in doubt, students should ask a supervisor if an action is appropriate and respect the decision that is made. Throwing rocks or bark chips, playing with sticks, taking any glass bottle or glassware outside, destroying school equipment, running into others, and throwing balls too hard or when others aren’t paying attention all have the potential to result in harm, albeit unintended.
Recess and Playground Safety
Be respectful of others and equipment.
Make sure that I do not put anyone, including myself, in danger.
Listen to supervising adults.
Play within the limits of the playground only.
Share the equipment (space, balls, jumping ropes, etc…).
Play safely on the structures.
Clean up after myself.
I will not:
Play unsafe, violent, or inappropriate games.
Leave the playground without the permission of adults.
Do anything that would cause others to be without friends.
Play exclusionary games.
Areas Not Accessible to Students at Any Time
- Copy machine room in Satellites 2 and 3, and teacher workroom in Satellite 4
- Teachers’ workrooms, lunchrooms, and offices, unless invited in
- Back of buildings
- Parking Lot A
- Infirmary (unaccompanied)
Areas Accessible to Students with Permission
- The Rose Préau
- Computer Labs
- Nature Trail
While on field trips students represent our school to our greater community. We expect students to be on their best behavior at all times since their behavior directly reflects upon the School’s quality and reputation. Students are fully responsible to faculty staff and volunteers just as they are while on school grounds. The Gilkey Dress Code fully applies during field trips; please refer to the Dress Code section of this Code of Conduct. Teachers reserve the right to ask permission to deny a field trip to a student whose academic or behavioral performance is not satisfactory.
Safety includes not putting oneself or anybody else in danger. Safety includes personal health and hygiene.
Students have the right to learn in an environment where they feel safe and non-threatened, physically or verbally. Students can expect their school to be a healthy and safe place.
- Maintain personal hygiene and grooming.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Take care of illnesses.
- Dress appropriately for P.E.
- Use extreme care in the science lab at all times.
- Be careful of younger students.
- Remain in authorized school perimeter.
- Report any incident of threat to self or others.
- Never act in any way that can put self or others in danger.
- Abstain from physical wrestling or roughhousing, even if just play.
- Hitting, pushing, slapping, grabbing, tripping, spitting, poking, and throwing anything at anybody is not allowed.
- Do not bring drugs, tobacco, or alcohol to school.
- Report any incident involving drugs, tobacco, or alcohol during school hours or school related activities.
- Do not bring weapons or objects that can be perceived as weapons (such as toys) to school (knives, pocket knives, razor blades, guns, etc.) For further details, please regard ‘Weapons’ section.
- Report any incident involving weapons, including pocket knives.
- Physical Education
- Science Lab
- Illness and Medication
- Putting Self or Other in Danger
- Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco
- Traffic Rules
During P.E. classes, students must wear clothes that are appropriate and comfortable for movement, and safe for others. Students will dress in P.E. clothes for P.E. classes. The P.E. instructor will notify students of what clothing is expected, acceptable and appropriate. Proper attire includes shoes with non-marking soles, shorts or pants, and a T-shirt. Jeans, khaki pants or overalls are not acceptable P.E. clothes. Any garment with a zipper, pockets, a buckle, or a belt is not acceptable P.E. attire. A student will be denied participation in P.E. class if not properly dressed. This will be considered a disruption. Depending on the unit of study, students might also be required to bring additional safety equipment (helmets, pads, gloves, etc.). All students are expected to participate in P.E. unless a written note from home or from a physician has been provided.
Students are not allowed to carry any prescription medication with them on school grounds. All prescription medications must be brought to the receptionist or the nurse in the main building, accompanied by a completed Medication Administration Request Form, which is available from the Front Office. All medications, including non-prescription medications, must be brought to school in the original container with the student’s name and the dosage clearly printed on the label. Medications will be administered as requested by the school nurse or an adult staff member.
Students who are contagious should not attend school until cleared by a physician. You are welcome to speak to the School’s Registered Nurse about medication administration or other health issues. She is on campus every day, from 9:30 am to 3:15 p.m.
Students will not act in ways that can be harmful, intentionally or not. Tossing rocks, throwing any kind of object, daring others to do things, pushing, pulling, shoving, hitting, slapping, punching, kicking, or tripping may result in serious injury. Immediate action will be taken.
A student who by conduct inflicts physical injury on another student or school employee will be subject to discipline that may include suspension or expulsion.
Controlled substances, except when used for medication under the supervision of a physician, are NOT permitted. Possession OR consumption of such products may result in immediate suspension and possible expulsion. Suspended students may be required to enroll in a counseling treatment program before being allowed back to school.
If a student’s drug or alcohol use outside of school hours and grounds is brought to the attention of staff, the School reserves the right to contact the student’s family.
The possession of any weapon or object which is considered detrimental to the educational process of the school setting, or which may be used to disrupt or endanger people in that setting shall be prohibited. Such weapons or objects shall be seized by the school authorities and returned to the student’s parent at a reasonable time or given to proper authorities.
Weapons, or objects which can be used or perceived as weapons, including toys, are not allowed. This includes but is not limited to knives of any type, Exacto knives, razor blades, super glue, pepper spray, mace, and hair spray. Possession will result in parent notification, confiscation, and possible suspension or expulsion.
Under Oregon law, a student who is determined to have brought a firearm as defined in Federal law and/or a dangerous weapon as defined shall be expelled from school for a period of not less than one year. A dangerous weapon is defined as any weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance that under the circumstance in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious injury. Look-alike weapons used to intimidate or frighten others will be treated as real weapons. The Head of School may modify the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
Students are allowed to walk unaccompanied on campus provided they respect traffic rules, especially walking, and not running, across the street at the crosswalks. Students who do not respect these rules may be asked to stay in the Middle School area only.
A copy of this Code is included in the student’s Parent-Teacher-Student Correspondence Notebook, and can be reviewed at any time. This Code of Conduct will be reviewed and read to all students at the beginning of the year.
FAIS Athletics: Participant Code of Conduct
All participants in Gilkey athletics will respect the following:
- Treat opponents with respect
- Exercise self-control
- Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat
- Accept the judgment of the officials
- Come to practice and competitions ready to play
- Accept the responsibility and privilege of representing your school and community
FAIS Athletics: Spectator Code of Conduct
All spectators at athletic events, at home or away, will respect the following:
- Remain seated in the gym during sporting events. Notify an adult if you need to leave the gym.
- Respect school rules and accept responsibility for your actions. Students will be asked to check in to FASCA if they cannot show respect or maturity during events.
- Respect the game; do not taunt or jeer athletes
- Accept the judgment of the officials
- Understand that your actions reflect on your school and community
We believe that all Gilkey students must work and live in an environment that values creativity, inquiry, and a passion for learning. We believe that all students want to be successful and that as a community we need to teach honest practices including the recognition of ideas and the difference between collaboration and cheating.
Learner Profile and Academic Honesty
Because we use the Learner Profile to frame our actions; the profile is used to promote academic honesty:
- Principled: Students understand that they must take responsibility for their own actions.
- Knowledgeable: Students understand the definition of plagiarism, cheating and proper collaboration.
- Inquirers: Students understand that they must develop research skills and properly give credit on sources used.
Students also developed an Honor Code that all members of the school community agree to. The Honor Code will be posted in all middle school classrooms:
Student Honor Code: We hold a steadfast commitment to respect, fairness, empathy and truthfulness in our actions and communications, and to respect possessions and property.
Teacher / Advisor / Librarian Role in Academic Honesty
Teachers and advisors work with students at the beginning of the year to understand the role and responsibility of students in maintaining academic honesty. This includes:
- Academic Honesty Workshop
- Advisory discussions of Code of Conduct (and consequences)
- Discussions in subject groups on academic expectations
- Study skills (6th grade) and ATLs aimed at teaching research and proper citations
- Access to online documentation sources (OSLIS and Noodle tools)
- How to approach teachers when student feels overwhelmed with an assignment
Becoming an Honest Student
The following section was prepared by 8th grade students as advice for all students:
Academic honesty is respecting your teachers, peers, and yourself by completing your work individually, when requested by your teacher. Complete your work truthfully, by avoiding asking/using any source for help when extra help is unauthorized.
If you are struggling and considering cheating, it is better to:
- Try your best and set realistic goals
- Ask your teacher if you do not understand topic/assignment
- Keep your work to yourself; other students need to learn as well
- Work without using online tools unless teacher authorized (not all online tools are reliable)
- Manage your study time as well as manage your time during summative assessments
- Keep yourself away from distractions and methods of cheating. Understand the difference between authorized collaboration and help from outside sources.
- Show your steps/processes of your work and honestly report your own results. This helps you understand your weaknesses and helps the teacher evaluate your misunderstandings as well as your strengths.
- Remember to cite your sources properly so that you prevent plagiarism. It is simple, easy, and teachers can know where you got your information. Ask teachers for clarification on assignments.
- Be a thinker and use appropriate material.
Academic Honesty Definitions and Infractions
- Cheating on Summative Tasks—intentionally using or giving outside assistance before/during/after an exam or other summative task without permission of teacher. This may include:
- Copying another student's work on any assignment without consent of teacher and/or student
- Giving/requesting information from another student on summative tasks or discussing exams
- Turning in summative task that has been written or edited by a peer, parent, tutor or others without consent of teacher
- Copying a “cheat sheet” of another student
- Google Translate
- Storing notes, formulas or other information on a calculator or other PDA device
- Unauthorized Collaboration—discussing summative tasks when expressly forbidden by teacher. This may include:
- Asking for help from peers, parents, or tutors on take home summative tasks
- Using unauthorized electronic collaboration
- Fabrication—manipulation or falsifying data, information, or citations of any academic work. This may include:
- Using another student’s lab data without permission
- Fabricating/changing data on math and science tasks to fit assignment
- Using shortcuts instead of doing the work
- Plagiarism—taking work, pictures, or ideas as one’s own without proper citation. Failing to properly note paraphrased or quoted material. This may include:
- Turning in papers without quoting sources.
- Citing nonexistent sources
- Forging a signature
- Ethical Use of Media—Using music, images, and video that is copyrighted and authorized for use by school members
Consequences for infractions may include:
- Infraction report and In school suspension
- No evidence on assignment and redo another or a similar task
- Conversation with adult reporting the infraction with student, advisor and parents
- Personal improvement plan (PIP)