The BLA Integrity Policy

The mission of Boston Latin Academy is to prepare students for higher academic study by challenging them with a rigorous curriculum.  Intellectual honesty is an essential element in the climate of learning.  Cheating demonstrates a lack of integrity and character that is inconsistent with the mission of Boston Latin Academy.  To this end the following policy has been established.

Cheating Definitions and Consequences
Cheating includes but is not limited to the following:

Category 1
Cheating on assignments which are worth between 0 – 5% of term grade (e.g. homework).

Category 2
Cheating on tests, plagiarizing, copying the work of another student and submitting it as your own, using cheating aids (including electronic devices), and stealing exams.

Consequences for Category 1
The teacher calls the parent.  Student receives a zero for the assignment.  Student must serve a mandatory detention.  All students involved receive the same consequences.  If a student receives more than one Category 1 offense in the same subject class it becomes a Category 2 offense.

Consequences for Category 2
In addition to the consequences listen above in Category 1, students will lose any leadership position that they hold in school as well as various awards and memberships.  If a student receives two Category 2 offenses in the same subject class all of the above apply and if the numerical average is higher than a 60, the student will fail the course for the term with an F+ (59).  These offenses are not cumulative from term to term.

Shared Responsibility for Academic Integrity
Everyone involved in the school community must understand, accept, and share responsibilities if this policy is to be effective.

Student Responsibilities
The student will:

  • Plan study times wisely in order to complete all assignments.
  • Read primary sources and not substitute published summaries such as Cliff’s Notes, Spark Notes, etc.
  • Protect work and not lend or borrow homework.
  • Familiarize him/herself with test taking strategies.
  • Look only at his/her own test.
  • Remain silent during test.
  • Refrain from discussing tests and quizzes already taken with students in other sections.
  • Study and complete his/her own assignments.
  • Work independently of unauthorized notes including electronic devices during a test.
  • Do not change a test item in any way when the test is returned for review.

Parental Responsibilities
The parent will:

  • Communicate values of moral and ethical behavior to the child.
  • Support the student’s need for a time and place for study.
  • Support the student’s efforts but not in any way to the work.
  • Encourage wise use of time.

School Responsibilities
The teacher will:

  • Make the school policy known to all students.
  • Be specific when assigning cooperative or individual work.
  • Deal with violations of the cheating policy privately and confidentially.