• Wilson's Academic Honesty Policy

    The students at Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy and Joseph C. Wilson Commencement Academy are held to the highest standards of academic, personal, and social integrity. Honesty and integrity are desirable character traits. Grades should be an accurate indication of a student's own work and knowledge. Academic dishonesty is generally defined as cheating or creating a false impression of one’s work and performance.
    Academic honesty, integrity, and upstanding behavior are essential to the existence and growth of any academic community.
    Violation of the Honor Code will be handled in accordance to the current disciplinary guidelines of Joseph C. Wilson Foundation and Commencement academies and the Rochester City School District Code of Conduct. (Appendix D)


    The following are examples of academic dishonesty that are not acceptable at

    Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy and Joseph C. Wilson Commencement Academy:


    • Looking at another person’s paper and copying their answers
    • Talking with another student during a quiz or test
    • Using hidden notes on a quiz or test
    • Sharing information about what is on a quiz or test with other students
    • Making up or changing actual laboratory data
    • Having another person complete the assignment for you, including a tutor or your parents
    • Use of electronic devices during testing


    Students should strive to make their work original and personal. Though it is okay to use ideas from a cited source, information regarding references should be included within the written work as well as on a ‘Works Cited’ page at the end of a document. Refer to “Compiling a Works Cited Page, using MLA format”: http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla


    Plagiarism is a form of cheating, examples include:
    1.       Copying directly from the Internet, by cutting and pasting someone else’s work into your work  
    2.       Rewording someone else’s words and not giving them credit for the ideas, and thereby passing someone’s ideas off as your own
    3.       Using a foreign language translator to change work from one language to another and then using that translation as if it were in your own words
    4.       Turning in an old project done by you or someone else
    5.       Letting your partner do all of the work on a project and then putting your name on the project as if you had done an equal share of the work
    6.       Forging another person’s signature, including a parent’s signature
    7.       Performing any act of dishonesty in regard to your academic achievement.
    Students should assume that all work, including homework, is to be done individually unless the teacher specifies otherwise.


    Consequences for Academic Dishonesty:

    Students will be assigned a behavioral consequence (please see appendix D) and will be held accountable for any missed work and learning.

    Appendix D: Behavioral Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

    Source: RCSD Regulations of Intervention and Discipline


    Range of Possible Discipline Responses



    Engaging in scholastic dishonesty in all parts of summative assessment which includes but is not limited to:

    a. Cheating (e.g., copying from another’s test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of an un-administered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the test)

    b. Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one’s own for credit without the required citation and attribution, e.g., copying written work from the Internet, or any other source)

    c. Colluding (engaging in fraudulent collaboration with another

    person in preparing written work for credit)

















    1. Admonishment by school staff


    1. Student/teacher conference


    1. Reprimand by appropriate supervisor (after sending referral to: assistant principal, principal)


    1. Parent conference


    1. In-school disciplinary actions (e.g., detention, exclusion from extracurricular activities, recess, or communal lunchtime

    *Wilson students are required to complete a series of on-line lectures that instructs them on how to properly cite and reference sources.  This will be done during lunch detention with the assistance of the librarian.

    1.  Removal from classroom by teacher (After a student is removed from any classroom by any teacher four times during a semester, a principal’s suspension must be sought).


    1. Principal’s suspension


    1. Superintendent’s suspension that results in immediate reinstatement


    1. Superintendent’s suspension that results in continued suspension for a fixed period of 6- 10 school