Throughout your school years, and in all of life,

    you make decisions from which you either reap the benefits,

    or suffer the consequences.

    The choice is yours.


    Establishing and maintaining academic honesty is essential in school and in life. Lying, cheating, and stealing another’s work or ideas destroy careers and even lives in the real world. Unearned grades and achievements are worthless and meaningless. Furthermore, the thief’s brain lacks the knowledge and skills needed for the next level. 

    Think long-term. 

    In the workplace, the thief is fired and may end up in jail.

    At the university level, cheating or plagiarism often results in dismissal with an official transcript permanently marked, “WITHDRAWN DUE TO ACADEMIC DISHONESTY.”

    At River Dell (see RDHS Handbook)


    The first offense results in

    • a zero on that assignment or test
    • teacher notification to parents to report the offense and its consequences
    • the student called to the office for a disciplinary conference with an administrator
    • an official letter detailing the offense sent home and placed in student discipline file
    • ineligibility for school Honor Societies, which demand the highest of character

    The second offense, regardless of when or where, results in withdrawal from the course and a failure in that course.


    See page 1 (H) of the RD Board of Education policy on Cheating and Plagiarism: http://www.riverdell.k12.nj.us/rdboe/policy/5131-R.pdf


    Adapted from Muhlenberg College's Academic Integrity Code

    1. CHEATING (Includes but is not limited to examinations, quizzes, assignments, projects) -Any attempt to (1) look at another student's work, (2) communicate with another student verbally, by signal, or in any other manner any information concerning the content of the work, (3) use any unauthorized materials, such as ELECTRONICTRANSLATORS, notes, books, laptop computers, cellular phones, or other programmable electronic devices or sources, not specifically designated by the teacher of the course for student use during the examination period, or (4) engage in any other activity for the purpose of seeking aid not authorized by the teacher.


    1. PLAGIARISM–Intentional or unintentional copying from a book, article, notebook, or other paper or electronic source material whether published or unpublished, without giving proper credit through the standard use of quotation marks, footnotes, and other customary means of identifying sources, or passing off as one's ow ideas, words, writings, and experiments of another. Plagiarism shall also include submitting without the consent of the teacher an assignment already tendered for academic credit in another class or course.


    1. COLLUSION–Working together in preparing separate assignments in ways not authorized by the teacher. Academic work produced through a cooperative effort of two or more students is permissible only upon the explicit consent of the teacher. The collaboration must also be acknowledged in stating the authorship of the report.



    1. Using any kind of translator
    2. Looking at a cell phone during a test or quiz
    3. Having a parent, friend, tutor, or native speaker do all or part of a paper or project for   you
    4. Copying part or all of someone else’s homework, project, quiz, or test
    5. Allowing someone else to copy part or all of your homework, project, quiz, or test
    6. Asking those who have already taken a test for specificsof a test you have not yet taken
    7. Talking during a test or quiz
    8. Looking at someone else's paper during a test or quiz
    9. Using notes or materials which are not allowed during a test or quiz
    10. Plagiarizing material from any source


    **This policy was written by Ms. Marinari who gave me permission to copy and use it on my Schoolwires page.