Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

A high sense of personal honesty and integrity is expected of all students in the completion of NDCDE courses. Course work is intended to be completed without cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly giving false information.

Tests and final examinations must be completed in the presence of an approved exam administrator who must certify that the test or exam was completed without the assistance of books, notes, or any other outside resources.

The consequences for academic dishonesty will be determined in consultation with the NDCDE teacher, the student's local exam administrator, and the NDCDE principal.


Plagiarism is the failure to attribute words, ideas, or finding to their original source(s). In plagiarism, an author uses work that is created by someone else as if it were his or her own.

  • First offense: Upon teacher discretion, the teacher may allow a retry. The teacher will also explain to the student what plagiarism is and why it is important to cite sources.
  • Second offense: If the teacher determines the student engaged in plagiarism a second time following the first warning, the student will receive an automatic zero.


TurnItIn is a system that uses advanced search technologies to identify similarities between current and archived online sources, as well as a database of millions of previously submitted student papers. NDCDE uses TurnItIn to check for plagiarism and citation issues. Plagiarism violations will be reported to the student so he or she may utilize the knowledge for all future assignments and, upon teacher discretion, the current assignment.


To help students, parents, and exam administrators understand, NDCDE defines cheating as:

  • Allowing another student to copy your work.
  • Copying or attempting to copy from another student's test, exam, or assignment.
  • Having someone else complete your assignment.
  • Giving information in an unauthorized manner to another student for a test, exam, or assignment.
  • Using unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, or other devices for a test, exam, or assignment.
  • Online translators are NOT to be used by a student in any foreign language course at any time. If an online translator is used to complete either a non-password protected or a password protected test, exam, or assignment in a foreign language course, the student will receive a zero for the entire test, exam, or assignment.

Disciplinary Actions Resulting from Academic Dishonesty

If a teacher or administrator at NDCDE finds that a student has committed any act of academic dishonesty, the student will be subject to one of the following consequences, depending on the level of dishonesty and preponderance of evidence:

  • No credit (a grade of zero) for the entire test, exam, or assignment.
  • A failing grade for the entire course and forfeiture of tuition.
  • Repeated academic dishonesty may result in dismissal from NDCDE.

NDCDE will follow up with the student, parent, exam administrator, and school administration, as appropriate. A new exam administrator will be required if it is determined that the student's exam administrator encouraged or supported the academic dishonesty.

The University of Nebraska High School's Academic Policy was used as a reference in creating part of NDCDE's Academic Honesty Policy.

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