Academic Integrity

The Puyallup School District values academic integrity and honesty. These principles are central to the concept that the learning process is the primary purpose of education and is secondary to grades and credits. It is the expectation of teachers and administrators that all work be entirely the result of the student’s own efforts. Plagiarism, cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. 

Collaboration and cooperation are not the same as cheating or plagiarism. Teachers will inform students when collaboration is an acceptable option. 

Academic dishonesty is defined as an action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for oneself of or and unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for another student. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarism: Quoting text or other works on a paper or homework without citing the source; Handing in a paper purchased from a term paper service or from the Internet or handing in another’s paper or work as your own (even with permission).

  • Cheating: Copying work from another student or from the internet /or giving your work to another to be copied; Looking at another student’s paper during an exam; Looking at your notes when prohibited; Giving someone answers to questions during the assessment; Passing test information from an earlier class to a later class.

  • Fabricating: Intentional fabrication of information, data, research, or citations.

  • Collusion: Assisting another to commit academic dishonesty; Working together on an assessment or assignment unless specifically allowed by the teacher; taking a test or completing an assignment for someone else, or allowing someone to do the same for you; Giving or selling a paper or class work to another student.

  • Technology Misconduct:  Taking an assessment out of the classroom unless specifically allowed (either in person or by using electronic means); Using electronic means to copy or share test/quiz materials; Using online translation services or websites and turning in those translations as your own work; Using online searches to find answers to assessment questions; Posting answers to assessment questions online.

  • Academic Misconduct: Intentional violation of school policies; Changing a test, or paper, and claiming it had been graded incorrectly.