Featured Town: This week’s featured town is Lumpkin, Georgia. Lumpkin is home to what is considered “Georgia’s grand canyon” Providence Canyon Conservation Park (http://www.exploregeorgia.org/city/lumpkin). Provide Canyon Conservation Park is home to many hiking trails full of beautiful red clay “canyons and gullies” (Ibid). This is one town that is on my Georgia travel bucket list. I can’t wait to visit and hike!
Hello Students and GACHS Community Members,
I am writing to you today about plagiarism. Specifically, what it is , how to avoid it and what happens if you plagiarize per our school policy. The information below was pulled from our website parent and student handbook which can be found online at http://www.gradgeorgia.com
What is it?
Using unauthorized aids on an assignment, essay, quiz, or test.
Having someone other than the student complete an assignment, essay, quiz, or test.
Submitting another person’s work.
Submitting the same work for more than one course or assignment without prior written approval from the teacher(s).
Using copyrighted material without appropriate citation or copying software or media files (such as music, movies, etc.) without permission.
Signing in to a live session for another student who is not present.
How to Avoid it
First Offense: Teacher sends snapshot proof of plagiarism on plagiarized content back to the student with cc to the parent, reminds the student of consequences, and offers the opportunity to redo the assignment as long as course deadlines permit. The parent and student will be reminded that future offenses of plagiarism in the course will result in a zero without an opportunity to redo the assignment.
Second Offense (in the same course): Teacher will request the school counselor schedule a conference with the parent and student. The plagiarized assignment is assessed a zero grade without opportunity to redo the assignment. The student and parent will submit a signed contract acknowledging their understanding a third offense will result in a zero for the course.
Third Offense (in the same course): Student will be locked out of the course. The Chief Academic Officer will schedule a conference call with the student and parent to notify them that a zero will be assessed for the course.
Our School Core Values and PlagiarismAs you can see we take plagiarism very seriously and we are committed to promoting and maintaining academic honesty in our students. These line up with our five core values. Plagiarism directly goes against these values which are.
The Bottom Line
Plagiarism is an issue that our school and other academic organizations do not take lightly. The best advice I can give you is to do your best to follow the core values everyday. If you are committed to your schoolwork you will be empowered. By utilizing respect and integrity you will avoid plagiarism and you will be compassion to your school community. If you have any questions about plagiarism please feel free to reach out to me.