Red Mountain High School expects its students to maintain the highest degree of academic ethics. This means putting the utmost effort into all class work and assignments and avoiding the ethical pitfalls of plagiarism and cheating.



Plagiarism demonstrates a lack of integrity and character that is inconsistent with the goals and values of Red Mountain High School. Excellent written expression of well-formulated ideas is a fundamental skill for academic and career success. Plagiarism interferes with the assessment and feedback process that is necessary to promote academic growth. Plagiarism defrauds the instructor with a false view of the student’s strengths and weaknesses. It may prevent further instruction in areas of weakness and delay the student in reaching his or her potential.

Plagiarism includes

  • taking someone else’s assignment or portion of an assignment and submitting it as your own.
  • submitting material written by someone else or paraphrasing the ideas of another without giving the author’s name or source.
  • submitting purchased papers as your own.
  • submitting papers, or portions of papers, from the Internet.
  • supporting plagiarism by providing your work to others.


Education is based on learning specific skills, forming life-long work habits, and developing mature coping skills according to each student’s unique abilities. Stress sometimes propels students to make unethical choices. When students choose to cheat, it may be a symptom of more serious problems such as inappropriate class placement, over-commitment to extra-curricular activities, and/or academic desperation. Cheating robs students of their opportunity to become competent. Students are expected to produce their own work except on projects designated by the teacher as cooperative efforts. Teachers will indicate which assignments are to be cooperative efforts. If a student is in doubt about the ethical standards applicable to a particular situation, the student is responsible for clarifying the matter with the teacher.

Cheating includes

  • copying, faxing, emailing, or in any way duplicating assignments that are turned in, wholly or in part, as original work.
  • exchanging assignments with other students, either handwritten or computer generated, whether you believe they will be copied or not.
  • using any form of memory aid during tests or quizzes without the express permission of the instructor.
  • giving or receiving answers during tests or quizzes. It is your responsibility to secure your papers, so other students will not have the opportunity to copy from you.
  • taking credit for group work when you have not contributed an equal or appropriate share toward the final result.


Alternatives to cheating and plagiarism:

No student needs to cheat or plagiarize. Red Mountain High School provides numerous support services for students to help achieve success. Students who advocate for themselves and seek appropriate help when they need it will not need to cheat or plagiarize. The following behaviors promote true student achievement:

1. Be prepared. Try to keep to a realistic schedule balancing academic obligations and

    your social and personal life.

2. Make certain that you understand your assignments and the grading assessment that

    will be used. If you have questions about an assignment, talk with your instructor. Do

    not rely solely upon a classmate for clarification.

3. Do not scan or read someone else’s paper before your write your own. Some of the

    ideas in the other person’s paper might find there way into your own.

4. Assignments should be considered individual unless the instructor states otherwise.

5. Be organized. Having class notes in an orderly, easily accessible format will save time

    and anxiety when studying for a test or completing homework.

6. Keep current with assignments.


Parental support of academic achievement and ethical development is fundamental to students’ long-term success. The following behaviors will assist parents in promoting true student achievement:

1. Teachers are available for extra help after school, and resource centers are open all day

    for individual assistance. In addition, peer tutors are available when extra help is


2. Assess your child’s abilities realistically.

3. If you suspect your child is experiencing difficulty in class, please contact the teacher.

   The sooner the problem is identified; the sooner steps can be taken to alleviate it.

4. If your child is caught cheating and you are called, please remember that this is a

   learning experience; help your child to accept the consequences for his/her

   inappropriate actions.



Any student who is caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a grade of “zero” for the academic work involved, an office referral, and the parent(s) of the student(s) will be notified. When work is copied from another student, both students will be penalized with a grade of “zero.” Grades of “zero” which are the result of any form of academic dishonesty are irrevocable.


Special thanks to North Hampton High School of Annandale, New Jersey and Manchester Essex Regional High School for its clear policies on academic ethics, which we have revised and adopted (with permission) as our own.