Teachers and administrators at De Anza understand that pressure to pass classes or get good grades can sometimes create the incentive to cheat. However, we firmly believe that cheating denies the value of education, affects the character of the individual student, and undermines the integrity of our school community. The Academic Integrity Policy affirms that we value learning for its own sake, and that we therefore demand personal integrity and intellectual honesty in all academic work.
What is cheating?
Cheating is defined as seeking to obtain (or aiding another to obtain) credit or improved scores through the use of any unauthorized or deceptive means.
Some examples of what cheating looks like:
- Presenting information collected, organized, or envisioned by someone else as your own (with or without the author's permission) or allowing someone else to present your work as his or her own.
- Taking shortcuts (such as unauthorized use of study aids) that allow you to bypass steps of an assignment.
- Using forbidden material to "help" during an exam, such as cheat sheets, graphing calculators, or cell phones.
- Asking about or sharing questions and/or answers to quizzes and exams.
- Submitting the same work for more than one assignment without express permission from your teacher(s).
- Altering corrections or scores with the intent of changing your grade.
- Misrepresenting yourself in any way to your teachers in regard to the work you have done, such as saying you've turned in an assignment when you did not, or that you've worked hours longer than you actually did to complete an assignment.
- Fabricating information to try to earn more time, more credit, or grading leniency on an assignment, project, or exam.
- Missing class in order to avoid turning in an assignment or taking a test.
- Doing more or less than your share of a group project without permission from your teacher.
- Using unauthorized digital aids (such as Google Translate in World Language class)
Possible Consequences for Any Offense of Academic Dishonesty:
- Teacher consequence
- Zero on the assignment with no option to resubmit
- Parent/guardian contacted and incident noted in student record
- Referral to administration for further action