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Integrity Policy

INTEGRITY POLICY STATEMENT

As stewards of our school’s population, it is incumbent upon Challenge staff to develop the citizenship of our students. Integrity and the intrinsic motivation to do the right thing should be fostered in the school setting as part of citizenship in our democracy. Honesty and integrity should be evident in all student conduct, both academic and personal.

Most educational institutions, especially those of higher learning, have serious consequences when encountering scholastic dishonesty by students. Per Cherry Creek School District Board Policy JIDCA:  Conduct and Discipline Code, “scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating on a test, plagiarism, or unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work.” Plagiarism is further defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.

In addition, in accordance with Cherry Creek School District Board Policy JS:  Student Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications, “no student shall access, create, transmit, retransmit, or forward material, information, or software that plagiarizes the work of another without express consent or that is in violation of any federal or state law, including but not limited to copyrighted material and material protected by trade secret.  In order to foster an atmosphere of honesty and integrity at the Challenge School, consequences for scholastic dishonesty include the following:

1. A student will receive a zero for any assignment that is not entirely his original work, or when others’ words are not cited as such; however, under the discretion of school administration and the teacher, a student may have the opportunity to redo the assignment for partial credit.
2. Privileges may be revoked for the school year and beyond; these revoked privileges include, but are not limited to:
•    Participating in field trips
•    Participating in in-class celebrations
•    Choosing mini-courses other than study hall
•    Participating in Immersions
•    Participating in end of the year activities
•    Other privileges as determined case-by-case by school administration and other staff

Per Cherry Creek School District Board Policy JIDCA:  Conduct and Discipline Code, “the principal may suspend or recommend expulsion of a student who engages in activities (such as scholastic dishonesty) while in school buildings, on school grounds, or during a school-sponsored activity.  The principal or the principal’s designee will inform the students and the student’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the discipline information that has been shared with the teacher.”

The reality is that most of our school's population displays integrity and honesty in most of their academic work and daily relationships. With this very specific policy regarding those who choose not to adhere to the guidelines of citizenship in our community, we hope to inspire every student to meet challenges and strive for excellence with honesty and integrity here at the Challenge School and beyond.
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