Academic Honesty Code

Los Alamitos High School requires all students to demonstrate honesty and to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting materials, as well as in testing situations. Grades should reflect the student's own work in the fairest possible way. Academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism involves an attempt by the student to show possession of a level of knowledge or skill which s/he does not possess. It involves any attempt of a student to substitute the product of another, in whole or in part, as his or her own work. It also includes theft, possession, or unauthorized use of any answer keys or model answers.

Students who violate the Los Alamitos High School Academic Honesty Code will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including: suspension, dismissal from student offices and all athletics and extracurricular activities, involuntary transfer, and expulsion. This policy covers all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class.

Cheating includes but is not necessarily limited to:

Copying/Sharing Assignments

  • Copying or giving an assignment to a student to be copied, unless specifically permitted/required by the teacher


  • Plagiarism* or submission of any work that is not the student's own
  • Submission or use of falsified data or records

Cheating on Exams or on Major Projects

  • Use of unauthorized material including textbooks, notes, calculators, or computer programs during an examination or on a major project
  • Supplying or communicating in any way unauthorized material including textbooks, notes, calculators, or computer programs during an examination or on a major project


  • Unauthorized access to an exam or answers to exam
  • Use of an alternate, stand-in or proxy during an examination
  • Alteration of computer and/or gradebook records or forgery of signatures for the purpose of academic advantage
  • Sabotaging or destroying the work of others

*PLAGIARISM: “Plagiarism” is the “act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts or passages of his writings, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one's own mind.” It involves “the use of any outside source without proper acknowledgment.” In the academic setting, an “outside source” includes “any work, published or unpublished, by a person other than the student.”


  • Copy, fax, duplicate, or transmit using any technology, assignments that will each be turned in as “original” work
  • Exchange assignments by printout, disk transfer, modem, or other electronic or recorded means, then submit it as “original” work
  • Write formulas, codes, key words on your person or objects for use in a test
  • Use hidden reference sheets during a test
  • Use programmed material in watches, calculators, electronic devices, or computer programs when prohibited
  • Exchange answers with others (either give or receive answers)
  • Submit someone else's assignment as your own, in whole or in part
  • Submit material (written or designed by someone else) without giving the author/artist name and/or source (e.g., plagiarizing or submitting work done by family, friends, or tutors)
  • Take credit for group work, when little contribution was made
  • Do not follow additional specific guidelines on cheating as established by a department, class or teacher
  • Steal tests, answers, or materials, or have unauthorized possession of such materials
  • Sabotage or destroy the work of others