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1. Academic Integrity

A school's intellectual reputation depends on the highest standards of academic integrity. Academic integrity is defined as:

a. Using honest methods to fulfill academic expectations and responsibilities;

b. Assuring that all academic work is the legitimate, truthful work of the student;

c. Submitting examinations, essays, projects, and homework that are free from fraud or deception; and

d. Relying on one's own knowledge and preparation, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.

2 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty occurs when students obtain or assist others in obtaining credit for work that is not their own. Examples of academic dishonesty may include, but are not limited to, the list in Appendix I of this regulation.

Academic Integrity Responsibilities

It is the joint responsibility of students, teachers, parents/guardians and administrators to maintain the integrity of scholarship and grades.

1. Student's Responsibilities

Each student is responsible for her/his own behavior and is expected to maintain academic integrity. Each student shares the responsibility with the faculty for maintaining an environment that supports academic integrity and discourages academic dishonesty. Study guides, homework, and essays are examples of individual learning activities. Students are expected to know the difference between individual learning activities and collaborative (cooperative) learning.

2. Teacher's Responsibilities

Each teacher is responsible for creating a classroom and examination environment that discourages cheating, confronting suspected violators and insuring fair treatment of all students. Teachers shall instruct and counsel the student on academic integrity and follow the procedures outlined in "Procedures" of this regulation.

3. Administrator's Responsibilities

Each administrator shares the responsibility for developing an environment that discourages academic dishonesty and applying the appropriate consequences for those actions that violate this regulation.

4. Parent's/guardians Responsibilities

Parents/guardians play a key role in insuring that district remains a place where honesty, integrity, and hard work are expected and celebrated. Parents/guardians should:

a. Discuss with their child the importance of asking for extensions, turning in incomplete work, or turning in nothing at all, rather than turning in work acquired dishonestly;

b. Encourage their child to be pro-active in pursuing academic integrity;

c. Help their child to develop strong study skills and manage their time effectively;

d. Encourage their child to talk with teachers and counselors if they are uncertain about whether some behavior would be considered dishonest;

e. Consider the extent to which their own desire for a child to be successful can sometimes be interpreted as pressure to get "good" grades, no matter the means;

f. Finally, remind students that a "B" or "C" earned honestly is far more valuable than an "A" awarded on the basis of dishonest work.


1. The Academic Integrity Regulation and consequences will be distributed annually to all students.

2. During the first week of classes, teachers will clearly define honest and dishonest academic work in their classes by discussing expectations and the importance of an honest effort.

3. Teachers will inform students of procedures and practices relating to examinations, homework and class work.

4. Teachers will advocate the importance of honesty by employing teaching and examination strategies that reduce the opportunities for dishonest behavior.

5. The Academic Integrity Regulation will be posted in every classroom.

6. The teacher shall use the school referral form to report to a school administrator any incident of academic dishonesty in grades 3 through 12.

7. Administrators will investigate accusations of student academic dishonesty.

8. Administrators are expected to hear appeals and render a judgment.

Due Process and Student Rights

Students accused of academic dishonesty shall be entitled to meeting with the school administration. Parents/guardians shall be notified of the charge and the date of the meeting. Implementation of sanctions will be suspended until the appeal made by the student is completed. In all cases involving academic dishonesty, the student charged or suspected shall, at a minimum, be accorded the following rights:

1. Prompt investigation of all charges of academic dishonesty;

2. Written notice (on a discipline referral) of the facts and evidence underlying the charge of academic dishonesty;

3. An explanation of the procedure used in the investigation;

4. A meeting at which the student involved may be heard and the accuracy of the charge determined by an assistant principal, who shall recommend a course of action to the principal; and

5. An appeal of the assistant principal's decision within 48 hours to the principal.


The district staff shall hold all students accountable for academic integrity.

1. In grades K-2, all teachers will counsel the student on academic integrity and contact the student's parent.

2. In grades 3-12, all teachers will:

a. Counsel the student on academic integrity;

b. Notify the school administration on a referral form (the administrator will determine who will make the parent notification); and

c. At the teacher's discretion, as appropriate, reduce the grade on the assignment in question.

3. The teacher may implement one or more of the following possible actions for academic dishonesty:

a. Assign the student no credit/ "F" for the academic work or examination involved;

b. Assign an "F" grade for the quarter for any subsequent occurrence in the same course;

c. Refer the student for counseling for assistance in dealing with the issue of academic integrity; and/or

d. After meeting and discussing it with the school administration, assign a grade of "F" for the quarter of the course on a first incident of academic dishonesty, based on the severity of the situation.

4. In accordance with Education Code 49066, the grade given to each student shall be the grade determined by the teacher of the course and the determination of the student's grade by the teacher, in the absence of clerical or mechanical mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, shall be final.

5. Students who are referred to the school administration and found to be in violation of the Academic Integrity Regulation may be subject to additional consequences that may include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Meeting with the parents/guardians followed by written notification to the parent/guardian of the academic integrity policy and regulation and possible consequences for future violations of the policy/regulation;

b. Detention, Saturday school or suspension depending on the seriousness of the act;

c. Referral to police for possible criminal prosecution;

d. Notification to any faculty members writing a college/university letter of recommendation;

e. No public recognition of the student at any honors functions;

f. No scholarship money granted to the student by the district Scholarship Committee;

g. Loss of extracurricular activities, elected or appointed school leadership positions, and/or membership on school team for up to 90 days depending on the severity of the offense;

h. A recommendation for expulsion for a student who is found guilty by school authorities of violation of Education Code 49000,which includes one or more of the following offenses:

(1) Theft, sales or distribution of any materials including, but not limited to, examinations and/or quizzes;

(2) Breaking into and/or examining a teacher's, the school's, or the district's possessions (e.g., desk, files, cabinet, database, computer files, etc.) to obtain or view evaluation instruments;

(3) Changing and/or falsifying a grade in a teacher's grade book, on a computer, or through other school devices used to record student grades; or

(4) Unauthorized possession of a stolen evaluation instrument.


Examples of Academic Dishonesty may include, but are not limited to:

1. Communicating with another student during an examination;

2. Copying from another student's examination paper or computer file or allowing a student to copy from one's examination;

3. Viewing or using unauthorized notes, study aids, crib notes, devices or information on an examination;

4. Stealing, buying, selling, giving away, possessing, reproducing, circulating, accepting, removing or otherwise gaining access to examination materials or parts of examinations or answer keys and/or information about an examination, without the knowledge and consent of the teacher;

5. Changing answers and/or seeking credit on an assignment or examination after the work has been graded and returned;

6. Looking at or using information from another person's examination, report, or assignment;

7. Taking a quiz, examination, or similarly evaluated assignment for another person; or utilizing another person to take a quiz, examination, or similar assignment in place of oneself;

8. Altering a teacher's grades;

9. Altering documents affecting academic records;

10. Falsifying information for applications (e.g., awards, scholarships);

11. Falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation;

12. Using computers, cell phones, programmable calculators or any other electronic devices in violation of guidelines established by the teacher;

13. Misusing school computer systems which are used for student, staff or administrative purposes;

14. Unlawfully copying computer software or data created by others;

15. Viewing or altering computer records, modifying computer programs or systems, releasing or dispensing information gained via unauthorized access, or interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information;

16. Submitting a paper or project which is not the student's work;

17. Copying another person's assignments;

18. Allowing another student to copy one's assignment;

19. Impersonating a student to assist the student academically;

20. Using professional help such as an author, expert, or purchased service in violation of guidelines established by the teacher;

21. Any other violation intended to obtain credit for work which is not one's own;

22. Allowing another person to do one's work and submitting that work under one's own name;

23. Submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior permission from the course instructors;

24. Denying others access to information or material;

25. Sabotaging another student's work through actions designed to prevent the student from successfully completing an assignment;

26. Submitting material that in part or whole uses the ideas, organization, or words of another from a book, article, paper, computer file, or other source in any assignment without giving proper credit following accepted citation rules (plagiarism);

27. Presenting data that were not gathered in accordance with standard guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include an accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected;

28. Otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over other students' academic work;

29. Providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity;

30. Forging signatures of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of permission, petition, drop/add form, ID card, or any other official school document;

31. Failing to cite with quotation marks the written words or symbols of another author;

32. Failing to footnote the author and sources of materials used in a composition;

33. Failing to cite research materials in a bibliography;

34. Failing to name a person quoted in an oral report;

35. Failing to cite an author whose works are paraphrased or summarized;

36. Presenting another person's creative work or ideas as one's own in essays, poems, music, art, computer programs or other projects;

37. Copying or paraphrasing ideas from literary criticism or study aids without documentation;

38. Providing assistance to, or receiving assistance from, another person in any manner prohibited by the instructor;

39. Submitting any course materials or activities not the student's own, allowing such a submission to be made for oneself, or making such a submission for another;

40. Submitting as your own, in fulfillment of academic requirements, any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer program, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other artwork prepared totally or in part by another; and

41. Selling, giving, or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements any theme, report, term paper, painting, drawing.


approved: February 11, 2014 Pleasanton, California