Academic Honesty

Policy

Students cheating or plagiarizing on assessments will be disciplined under the following guidelines:

  • Failure or a grade of zero on the assessment
  • Conference with parents, teacher and/or administrator
  • Failure of the course
  • Suspension from further coursework with SK Online.

What is academic dishonesty?

To put it bluntly, plagiarism is theft and fraud -- it is the theft of someone else's ideas, words, pictures, approach, or phrasing; it's fraud because the student is trying to profit (a grade) by claiming someone else's work as his or her own.

Forms of academic dishonesty include:

  • cheating on exams
  • double submission of papers
  • aiding dishonesty
  • falsification of records

If you are tempted to plagiarize because you are in crisis, it is always better to speak to your instructor, an advisor, or other trusted school official who can help you handle the crisis.

Citing Sources

In all academic writing, you must give complete citations (e.g., author, title, source, page, URL) each time you use someone else's ideas, words, phrasing, or unusual information.

There are four guidelines for using sources in your essays:

  1. There is never a good reason to paraphrase a source--either summarize it in your own words or quote it exactly (citing the source in either case).
  2. When you quote, quote exactly. Use quotation marks and cite the source.
  3. When you use information that might not be considered common knowledge, cite the source.
  4. When in doubt about whether to cite the source, always cite the source.

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