Statement of Principle and Policy Regarding Academic Integrity


Academic Integrity is essential to excellence in education. Since assignments, exams and other schoolwork are measures of student performance, honesty is required to ensure accurate measurement of student learning. Each student, parent, faculty and staff member has a responsibility to promote an academic culture that respects and fosters individual achievement.


INTEGRITY: being of sound moral principle, upright, honest and sincere.*

HONESTY: being truthful, trustworthy or upright, refraining from lying, cheating or stealing.*


CHEATING: presenting as your own the work of another; using someone else’s words, work and/or ideas and claiming them as your own.


PLAGIARISM: a form of cheating; taking another’s words, thoughts or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.


·      Webster’s New World Dictionary, Third College Edition.



To not participate, either directly or indirectly, in cheating or plagiarism; to actively discourage cheating or plagiarism by others.



To actively support the Lakeland Union High School Honor Code; to education his/her child about academic integrity.



To promote the Lakeland Union High School Honor Code; to maintain expectations regarding academic honesty and integrity; and to address violations of the Lakeland Union High School Honor Code when they occur.


Consequences for Violations:



•Redo the assignment or exam


•Reduce grade for the assignment or exam


•Zero for the assignment or exam


•Write a letter of apology


•Student explains offence to parents


•Teacher contacts parents


•Record offense on discipline record


•Removal from course with an “F”


•Loss of LUHS scholarship opportunities


•Loss of National Honor Society membership


•Revocation or refusal of letters of recommendation


Consequences are not limited to the ones mentioned and may be assigned in combination.