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Academic Honesty



Ethics is defined as moral principles or practice. CUSD students, teachers, administrators and parents are encouraged to base relationships on a fundamental notion of trust.  With trust comes the ability to establish productive staff-student-parent relationships.  Therefore, academic dishonesty (“cheating”), in any form (including students working together in pairs or groups unless specifically directed to do so by the teacher), will not be tolerated.  Cheating undermines the academic process, destroys students’ integrity, and shatters the trust necessary for productive relationships. Teachers are often required to indicate violations of Academic Integrity on applications and recommendation forms. 


Cheating may include but is not limited to the following:


  • Copying another student’s homework
  • Copying another student’s answers on a test
  • Using an unauthorized prompt sheet
  • Using unauthorized technology (including a calculator) during a test or quiz
  • Making homework available to another student so they may copy the answers
  • Plagiarizing another author’s work
  • Cutting and pasting passages from the Internet into an assignment without notation for the author
  • Forged notes (student signing his or her parents’ name)


Consequences for breaking the Ethics Policy are cumulative for all classes.



            1st Offense:

                        Parent contact by teacher

                        Possible discipline consequence and points

                        Zero points and/or Fail grade on assignment/test

                        Unsatisfactory mark on report card in citizenship for quarter


            2nd Offense:

                        Referral to assistant principal

                        Parent contact by assistant principal and teacher

                        Discipline consequence and points

                        0/F on assignment, “U” on quarter report card in citizenship

                        Parent conference with student, parent, teacher and assistant principal


            3rd Offense:

                        Referral to assistant principal

                        Parent contact by assistant principal and teacher

                        Parent conference with student, parent, teacher and                          assistant principal                                 

                        Discipline consequences and points

                        O/F on assignment, “U” on quarter report in                                      citizenship           

                        Place student on Academic Contract


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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