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    River Forest Virtual Academy

    3300 Indiana Street  Hobart, Indiana                     46342

    (219)962-7551                    www.rfcsc.k12.in.us

     

    Student Expectations/Academic Integrity

    The River Forest Virtual Academy strives to provide students with theultimate alternative means to earn their high school diploma. Through thedelivery of dynamic engaging, and interdisciplinary curricula, students are challenged to exercise their time management, critical thinking, and communication skills in the pursuit of academic success.Along with the opportunity to participate in our program come certain obligations and expectations that each student must follow in order to remain in good standing. By signing this contract, you a as a virtual academy student,agree to and will follow the guidelines listed below. Failure to do so, or compromising them in any way could ultimately lead to you being removed from the River Forest virtual academy.

      I.           Academic Integrity

    The primary purpose of the River Forest Virtual Academy is the pursuit of knowledge.  As such, the principles of academic integrity –honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility - are vital to its success.  Activities or intentions that interfere with these principles are strictly prohibited.

    II.           River Forest Virtual Academy Acceptable Internet Use Policy


    Inappropriate (non educational) use of the online class environment may result in removal from the class and/or other disciplinary action. This includes email, chat, discussion forums, and all other component of the class. Tools provided to students by River Forest Virtual Academy are only to be used as they contribute to completing the online class. All tools are for “Educational Use Only!”

    III.           Code of Conduct


    You, your instructor and the other members of your online class are all expected to conduct yourselves with the same level of respect, professionalism and courtesy as you would in a classroom environment.  Any and all communication that is conducted via the phone,e-mail, discussion board or chat room must be done in an appropriate manner and tone.

     

    IV.           Cheating & Plagiarism


    The temptation to cheat while taking a distance education course may be especially great; after all, a teacher isn't there to watch you while you complete your work. Be fair to yourself and other students by avoiding the temptation and doing your own work.  We fully expect you to complete all course work honestly. Honesty is the River Forest Virtual Academy policy!

    Cheating involves submitting work in a written assignment or exam that is not your own. Cheating includes:

    ·        Copying someone else's work.

    ·        Allowing someone else to copy your work.

    ·        Having someone else complete your work for you.

    ·        Using unauthorized material to help you complete your work.

    If a course instructor detects cheating on a written assignment or exam, the instructor may recommend, depending on the severity of the cheating, that you receive:

    ·        A reduced grade for the written assignment or exam.

    ·        No credit for the written assignment or exam.

    ·        A reduced grade for the entire class.

    ·        A failing grade for the entire class 

     

    Plagiarism is a type of cheating in that you are stealing someone else's work and present it as your own. If you use the ideas, words, or statements of another person or source to support your ideas, you must always give credit to the person or source. 

    If an instructor detects plagiarism in a written assignment or exam, the instructor may recommend, depending on the severity of the plagiarism that you receive:



    ·        A reduced grade for the written assignment or exam.

    ·        No credit for the written assignment or exam.

    ·        A reduced grade for the entire class.

    ·        A failing grade for the entire class