Plagiarism & Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phones and electronic devices-

Ø  All electronic devices are to be put on silent, and checked in when you come to class.  I will inform you if we will be using them in class that day. 

Ø  If cell phones are used that day, you will need to keep your phone on silent and face down on your desk from when the bell begins class until the bell rings to end class.  This is so that you can focus on the class instead of the latest rumor.

Ø  If you are texting during class when your phone is to not be used, or if your phone goes off, you will receive a warning for the 1st offense.  If a 2nd offense occurs, I will confiscate your phone and your parent/guardian will need to pick it up from me before or after school.

Plagiarism

According to dictionary.com, plagiarism is 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.”

Ø  Plagiarism is a serious offense and the DNH English department treats it as such. Using someone else’s work and saying it is your own, not citing sources, photos, etc., or incorrect citation of materials are all considered forms of plagiarism.

 

Ø  1st offense: Student receives a 0 (zero) on the assignment and must meet with myself, and a parent to discuss the assignment and plagiarism. Following this meeting, the student will have the opportunity to redo the assignment in my room for up to 50% credit.  A copy of the plagiarized assignment will be kept on file in the English Department.

 

Ø  2nd offense: Student receives a 0 (zero) on the assignment with no opportunity to redo the assignment and must meet with myself, and a parent to discuss the assignment and plagiarism. A copy of the plagiarized assignment will be kept on file in the English Department.

Please be aware that a plagiarized assignment may cause a student to fail this class.

Ø  This plagiarism policy is used in all courses that I teach; therefore, the consequences also carry over. For example, if you plagiarize an assignment in LA I that is your first offense. Then in LA III if you plagiarize again, that would be your second offense.

Remember that plagiarism in college can result in academic probation (if you are lucky) or expulsion from school. To avoid this, learn how to cite sources correctly now.            

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