Piedmont High School : Achieve the Honorable

Academic Integrity


“Achieve the Honorable,” the PHS motto, means that the Piedmont High School community behaves with honesty and integrity. Honesty is a value that holds each person to tell the truth and to defend the truth. Honesty supports intellectual growth and creates a fair learning environment. Integrity is firm adherence to our values with or without the presence of others. In an environment of honesty and integrity, the work we turn in as our own is our own.

Teachers and administrators at PHS understand that pressure to get good grades can sometimes create the incentive to cheat.  However we firmly believe that cheating denies the value of education, damages the ethical character of the individual student, and undermines the integrity of our school community.  The Academic Integrity Policy affirms that we value learning for its own sake, and that we therefore demand personal integrity and intellectual honesty in all academic work


Having academic integrity means valuing and demonstrating positive regard for:

You are acting with academic integrity to the extent that you demonstrate these values, and in particular:

What is cheating?

Cheating is defined as seeking to obtain (or aiding another to obtain) credit or improved scores through the use of any unauthorized or deceptive means.

Some examples of what cheating looks like:


Students’ Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibilities

Parent Responsibilities

Administrator Responsibilities



All parties concerned—students, parents, and administrators—are to understand that the teacher’s professional judgment will determine whether a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred.

Whenever a student is found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy and/or course-specific rules, these procedures will be followed:

  1. The teacher will document the violation and report it to the Assistant Principal via email.
  2. The Assistant Principal will record the violation in SASI as part of the student’s permanent disciplinary record.
  3. The Assistant Principal will review the student’s disciplinary record and determine whether the violation in question is the student’s first (or subsequent) offense.
  4. The teacher will confer with the student and may contact the student’s parents. The purpose of the teacher-student conference is to review the Academic Integrity Policy, clarify why the work or behavior in question constitutes a violation of it, and help prevent future violations.
  5. According to the stated expectations of individual teachers, an appropriate penalty for the offense will be imposed. Consequences for first-time and subsequent offenses are outlined below.


Consequences for a first-time violation may include (but are not limited to):

Consequences for subsequent violations may include (but are not limited to) any of those above as well as the following:

Click here to download a copy of the Academic Integrity Policy.

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