Students at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School, School of the Medical Arts will be expected to uphold the four benchmarks of our school and place high value on intellectual rigor and academic standards.
• Honesty – When students practice honesty, the result is fairness for everyone.
• Respect – Respect is treating others as we would like to be treated. In an environment of respect, work we call our own, is our own.
• Responsibility – Responsibility is the quality of being accountable for our actions and accepting the consequences of our actions.
• Integrity – Integrity is a commitment to a value even when others are not present to witness it.
Enrollment at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School requires a commitment to these principles. Students are expected to acknowledge fully and in detail the work, thought, or ideas of another person if incorporated in work submitted for assessment; to submit separate pieces of work in fulfillment of the requirements of different components (i.e. research papers); to ensure that the work is their own and is never given to another student in any version (hard copy or electronic) knowing that it might be submitted for grading as the work of another student.
Collaboration: When one student helps another student develop an idea or understanding. When students work together, especially in a joint assignment or intellectual effort, students may share but not copy each other’s work.
Collusion: When one student knowingly allows his/her work to be submitted for assessment by another student. This includes homework, electronic sharing, class work, quizzes, projects, and tests. Group work assigned by teachers and outside study groups are not considered collusion.
Plagiarism: The submission for assessment of the unacknowledged work, thoughts, or ideas of another person as the student’s own work. If plagiarism is suspected, it is always the burden of the student to prove that his/her work was not plagiarized.
Malpractice: Using materials (i.e. notes, prompts, or any other means of gaining unfair advantage) other than a student’s own intellect of the course content to take a quiz or test.
In order to prevent a student from gaining an unfair advantage, these behaviors will result in the following:
1) Grade of zero – all students involved will earn a zero for the work
2) Documentation- the incident will be recorded via submission of a referall and a parent conference will be held