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academic dishonesty
Students at BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12
are expected to adhere to the
highest standards of integrity in every aspect of their lives. Honesty in academic matters
is part of this obligation. Academic integrity is
the adherence to those special values
regarding life and work in an academic community. Any act or omission by an
undergraduate student, which violates this concept of academic integrity and
undermines the academic mission of the University, shall be defined as academic
misconduct and shall be subject to the procedures and penalties that follow.

Definition of Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct is defined as the following intentional acts or omissions
committed by any BioTECH student:

  • Cheating: The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or unauthorized use of on-line exams, library materials or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers (or on-line examination) or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Any student helping another cheat may be found guilty of academic misconduct.
  • Plagiarism: The deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism. Any student helping another to plagiarize may be found guilty of academic misconduct.
  • Misrepresentation: Intentionally lying to a member of the faculty, staff, administration,
    or an outside agency to gain academic advantage for oneself or another, or to misrepresent or in other ways interfere with the investigation of a charge of academic misconduct.
  • Misuse of Computer Services: The unauthorized use of any computer, computer resource or computer project number, or the alteration or destruction of computerized information or files or unauthorized appropriation of another's program(s).
  • Bribery: The offering of money or any item or service to a member of the faculty, staff, administration or any other person in order to commit academic misconduct.
  • Conspiracy and Collusion: The planning or acting with one or more fellow students, any member of the faculty, staff or administration, or any other person to commit any form of academic misconduct together.
  • Falsification of Records: The tampering with, or altering in any way any academic record used or maintained by the school.
  • Academic Dishonesty: In general, by any act or omission not specifically mentioned above and which is outside the customary scope of preparing and completing academic assignments and/or contrary to the above stated policies concerning academic integrity.

According to the M‐DCPS Code of Student Conduct, intentionally using another's work to receive credit or improve grades, plagiarizing, or giving or receiving answers during testing, etc. is a Level II Violation. A repeated violation will result in suspension with recommendation for assignment to Opportunity School and immediate reassignment to the student's home school.