St. John the Baptist Plagiarism Policy

St. John's School strives to promote a learning environment of academic integrity.  All students are expected to produce their own, original work and to give proper credit to the sources of information from which they create their work per their teachers' directions.  Plagiarism is presenting the ideas or statements of another without acknowledging the source.  It is the policy of St. John's School to maintain a learning environment in which plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Plagiarism is not just limited to the written word.  Other possible sources of plagiarism include:  works of art, photographs, internet sources, music, and other sound recordings. 
Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • copying portions or an entire paper from the internet without giving credit to the source;
  • paraphrasing a paragraph from a written work without indicating the source;
  • using a few sentences from a written work or website word-for-word in your paper and using quotation marks and indicating the source;
  • using the same sentence structure or concepts that an author uses in a written work or website and not indicating the source;
  • using a picture or photograph in your paper that was not created by you and not indicating the source.
St. John's School prohibits all forms of plagiarism, and any student found to have plagiarized work will face disciplinary action at the discretion of the Principal.  Such disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to:
  • a mandatory conference with the student that may include the student's parents or guardians, teachers, and/or the Principal;
  • requiring the student to re-do the assignment with or without a reduced grade given for the new assignment;
  • a failing grade for the assignment or report card period;
  • detention;
  • loss of participation in any school-related extra-curricular activities;
  • inclusion of the plagiarism offense on the student's permanent academic record.
Disciplinary action will be determined based on the severity of the infraction at the discretion of the Principal, and repeat plagiarism offenses will be dealt with more severely at the discretion of the Principal with the possibility of in-school suspension, suspension, and/or expulsion.