Academic Honesty Code

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Academic Honesty Code

OHS requires all students to demonstrate honesty and to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting materials, as well as in testing situations. Grades should reflect the student’s own work in the fairest possible way. Academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism involves an attempt by the student to show possession of a level of knowledge or skill that he or she does not possess. It involves any attempt of a student to substitute the product of another, in whole or in part, as his or her own work. It also includes theft, possession, or unauthorized use of any answer key or model answers.

Violation of the OHS Academic Honesty Code will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension. This policy covers all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class.



Cheating includes but is not necessarily limited to:

1. Copying/Sharing Assignments

  • Copying or giving an assignment to a student to be copied, unless specifically permitted or required by the teacher

2. Cheating on Exams, Papers or Projects

  • Using, supplying or communicating in any way unauthorized material including text-books, notes, calculators, any other electronic devices, or computer programs during an examination or on a project

3. Forgery/Stealing

  • Unauthorized access to an exam or answers to an exam

  • Sabotaging or destroying the work of others

  • Use of an alternate, stand-in or proxy during an examination

  • Alteration of computer and/or grade book records or forgery of signatures for the purpose of academic advantage

4. Plagiarism*

  • Plagiarism or submission of any work that is not the student’s own

  • Submission or use of falsified data or records

5. Exchanging answers or assignments (either given or received verbally or nonverbally) with others. This includes exchanging answers by printout, disk or CD transfer, modem, or other electronic or recorded means and then submit it as "original" work.

6. Using hidden reference sheets during a test, including formulas, codes, key words on your person or objects for use in a test.

7. Using programmed material in watches, calculators, other electronic devices, or computer programs when prohibited.

8. Submitting someone else’s assignment as your own, in whole or part.

9. Submitting material (written or designed by someone else) without giving credit to the author/artist and/or source (e.g., plagiarizing or submitting work done by family, friends, or tutors).

10. Taking credit for group work when little contribution was made.

11. Not following additional specific guidelines on cheating as established by a department, class or teacher.

12. Stealing tests, answers, or materials, or having unauthorized possession of such materials.

13. Sabotaging or destroying the work of others.

14. Submitting the same work in more than one course without the knowledge and approval of the teachers involved.

15. Not following the guidelines specified by the teacher during a test (i.e., talking), or for a “take-home” test or exam.


*Plagiarism is copying another’s work and submitting it as if it were the original work of the student. Whether the source is copyrighted or not, printed or recorded, or a paper used by another student, if it is used without recognizing the source, plagiarism exists. Academic honesty and respect of copyright laws are also required in use of computer information downloaded from another source. If you have any questions, check with your teacher prior to completion of the assignment.


OHS Academic Honesty Code Discipline Policy


Plagiarism, or Cheating on Exams,
Quizzes, Papers or Projects
  • Teacher notifies parent
  • Student subject to reduction in grade.
  • In some cases, further disciplinary action is also taken.
  • Teacher notifies parent
  • Student may be subject to removal from class
  • Student may receive failing grade.
 Forgery / Stealing Referral to Administration for Suspension (short or long-term