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Academic Honesty

High school is one of the last stops on your road to becoming a fully contributing adult member of society. Some students will go directly to the work force and others to a vocational or trade school, community college, or university for a higher education. Whatever you choose, understand that being honest about your schoolwork directly affects your future.

Consider this: Would you want the surgeon who cheated her way through medical school to operate on you or your loved ones? Or would you prefer it be the one who did her own work and actually knows the procedure? Knowledge is a progression; in order to learn calculus, you must first learn algebra. If you are cheating now, you are only practicing to cheat more in the future—and learning nothing.

Some students are confused about what it means to be academically honesty. Plagiarism is a serious offense. You would not steal your neighbor’s car or your best-friend’s jeans, so do not steal other’s work.

  • Do your own work—make a commitment to yourself, and be sure others know where you stand. This includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Working math problems
      • Be sure to work out the problem before comparing notes with friends.
    • Writing papers
    • Doing research
    • Posting to Internet forums, websites, and blogs
  • Use study aids properly
    • First, read the book or assignment, and then use the Cliffs Notes or similar works as a guide to help you more thoroughly understand what you have already read.
    • Treat the Internet like a tool—the same way you would any other source.
      • Do NOT directly take material and use it as your own.
  • Do NOT allow others to use your work—you are being a better friend to allow them to learn the concepts and grow academically.

When you are not academically honest, you are hurting yourself and missing your chance for academic progress. When you practice academic honest, you will not only feel good about your achievements, but you may just influence those around you to do the same. So set a good example, and be honest in all of your academic undertakings!