FROM: Joseph J. Occhino
DATE: September 22, 2023
SUBJECT: Academic Integrity
TIME SENSITIVE: Immediate
Academic integrity, academic responsibility, and student accountability have always been very important to the Northern Highlands Regional High School District, and our staff frequently discusses how new teaching methodologies, new technologies, and increased focus on student collaboration can affect academic integrity standards and expectations.
Our Academic Integrity Policy, which outlines our school's expectations, can be found in our Student Parent Handbook (Appendix B, page 28), which is posted on our website. This document was reviewed by the entire faculty and administration in order to clarify how changes in technology and cooperative learning influence what our students do on a daily basis.
During this past week, every teacher discussed with students in detail their expectations on the proper use of technology and expected outcomes when students work cooperatively with other students. In addition, our academic integrity was reviewed with every student. The faculty and administration feel this is a positive and proactive step. This policy, and the review of it in each class, will ensure that our expectations are very clear and that school personnel, students, and parents have a common understanding of our academic integrity standards and expectations as our 2023-2024 school year commences.
As a follow up to our discussions here at school, we recommend that your family discuss academic integrity at home. The Plagiarism Information may be useful when you discuss this important topic with your child.
Thank you in advance for your support.
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