February 5, 2009Dear Parent or Guardian, Your student has turned in a final project that was not entirely their ownwork. Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s work or ideas and notgiving credit to the original author of the idea.Plagiarism is not allowed in any form in any academic arena. Plagiarism isaddressed in the LAUSDParent/Student Handbook on page 16 under SchoolCode of Conduct. The handbook states:
Any student found to have committed any of the acts below will be subject to a fullinvestigation and, if applicable, all appropriate disciplinary actions, which may include suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement.
In a university setting, the consequences of plagiarism are severe.Universities can reverse scholarship money, force the student to repay anygifted funds, and even expel a student for breaking this strict code of academic ethics. Below are two examples of local universities and their rulesfor students committing plagiarism:California State University Northridge has the following policy:
Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus is listed in Section 41301, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, as an offense for which astudent may be expelled, suspended, or given a less severe disciplinary sanction. .. .
UCLA has a similar policy stating:
If you admit culpability, and if the Dean concludes that there is sufficient evidence to sustain a finding of culpability,the Dean may impose, or impose and suspend, one or more of the sanctions listed in the UCLA Student Conduct Code.Sanctions for violation of University policies regarding academic dishonesty include suspension or dismissal.
It is my job as your child’s high school English teacher to help them learnproper academic etiquette. This being the case, I am offering your child theopportunity to re-do their final writing project for a
maximum possiblegrade of 70%.
Should your child be caught breaking these rules again, amore severe consequence will occur as stated in the LAUSD Parent/StudentHandbook.I____________________________understandthat in order to receive any credit onmy final assignment for American Literature, I must re-do both writtenportions of the assignment. I will use only information that is my own and,