Academic Integrity

Honesty and responsibility are fundamental values of Academic Integrity. Students, parents, and faculty must commit to these values in order to ensure an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.1 As an academic community, Mercy High School believes integrity to be at the core of all learning. Each member of the school community must accept a share of this responsibility.

Each student is responsible for her own education. Mercy High School asks that each student produce her own work and refuse to tolerate or ignore wrongdoing on the part of others. In addition, the faculty of Mercy High School asks that parents partner with them in teaching the values of Academic Integrity.

Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy include but are not limited to:

Cheating

  • Unauthorized giving or taking of test questions/answers
  • Unauthorized use of notes or aides on any test or quiz
  • Asking for or giving assistance to another student during a test or quiz
  • Copying another student’s work
  • Allowing another student to copy your work
  • Falsifying information

Plagiarism

  • Presenting someone else’s work as your own
  • Using the ideas or words of another without crediting the source
  • Paraphrasing any source without giving credit
  • Copying and pasting any material from the Internet or other electronic media without citation.

Consequences include but are not limited to:

  • The student will receive a zero on the test or assignment.
  • Teachers will report violations to the Vice Principal for Academic Affairs, the student’s parents and the student’s adviser.
  • Repeated instances or more serious situations will be directed to the Principal.

1 The Center for Academic Integrity, The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. (Duke University, 1999) 4.