Academic Integrity Expectations

In any academic environment, each must student be responsible for his/her own work. The learning environment in The School District of Haverford Township is based on trust, honesty, and integrity. Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.


Plagiarism is using the words, whether written or spoken, of someone else as if they are your own. In other words, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you actually have taken from someone else.

It is unethical and dishonest. It is cheating.

It is also a violation of copyright law to use what someone else has written without giving proper credit to the resource. Plagiarism includes:

  • Copying material word for word without putting it within quotation marks and crediting the writer.
  • Paraphrasing any work without giving credit to the initial author.
  • Changing a few words but not the original thought of the piece you are taking.             

Other forms of academic dishonesty that will not be tolerated include:

  • Cheating on any school test, assessment or evaluation by using another student's work or allowing another person to use your work.
  • Turning in the work (including homework) of another as if it were your own
  • Knowingly allowing someone to turn in your work (including homework) as if it is his/her own.