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Academic Integrity

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School

Because we believe that honesty and integrity are hallmarks of Christian living and evidence of sound and legitimate academic work, we believe that plagiarism/cheating is a serious offense. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Copying daily homework assignments or offering one’s own assignment to be copied.
  • Cheating on assessments
  • Using technology to cheat
  • Inserting either a portion or all of a paper or project into one’s own work without citing the source.

The consequences of plagiarism/cheating will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  The teacher(s) and the Student Life Team will consult on the particulars of each incident; ultimately, the Principal will decide on consequences.

Grand Rapids Christian High School

At Grand Rapids Christian High School we value honesty, integrity, and academic excellence. We strive to gather evidence of student learning and to provide feedback to students on their progress. Cheating/plagiarism prohibits our ability to do this well. It also does not align with the values of the school and damages the classroom community.  Therefore, plagiarism/cheating is a serious offense. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Copying assignments or offering one’s own assignment to be copied.
  • Cheating on assessments
  • Using technology to cheat
  • Inserting either a portion or all of a paper or project into one’s own work without citing the source.

To help maintain academic integrity, teachers will use “Turnitin.com'' for student papers. Students who choose to cheat/plagiarize may be placed on academic probation. 

Academic probation may include:

First Offense

  • The student will redo the assignment/assessment to provide evidence of learning. 
  • Track incident in Synergy
  • A restorative meeting with the teacher and student
  • Parents will be notified
  • The student tudent will serve Saturday school. 
  • The student may no longer be able to voluntarily retake assessments in this class. 
  • The student will be moved from RP or parent-excused to guided study for 1 semester.
  • The student will no longer be part of leadership roles at school for the remainder of the semester.

Second Offense

  • All of the above
  • The student will lose additional school privileges. 
  • There will be a conference with the parent, teacher, student, and dean of students.
  • The student will be moved from RP or parent-excused to guided study for 2 consecutive semesters.
  • The student will no longer be part of leadership roles at school for the remainder of the year.  

Third Offense or Major Violation*

  • All of the above
  • Incident will be tracked and will appear on the student's academic record
  • There will be a meeting between the parents, student, teacher, and administrator with a discussion about removal from the course.
  • The student will no longer be eligible to apply or serve in leadership roles at school. 

* Major violations of this policy include plagiarism of final papers and cheating on large summative assessments.

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