Embed

portal links

Top Row

Attendance & Policies

Academic Honesty Policy

DISTRICT PHILOSOPHY: “PURSUING EXCELLENCE WITH INTEGRITY”

The Fremont Union High School District is committed to advancing the pursuit of intellectual excellence and to maintaining the highest standards and expectations for academic integrity among all students. We believe in establishing a school climate that promotes ethical and responsible student conduct. In conjunction with that belief, we support the development of a school culture that furthers our academic mission and recognizes the hard work of students and faculty alike. We are convinced that neither pressure for grades, inadequate time for studying or completing an assignment, nor unrealistic parental expectations justify students acting dishonestly. As a professional learning community, we affirm that “learning for learning’s sake” is intrinsically valued, and we will not tolerate any infractions that create or result in an unfair academic advantage for one student, or a disadvantage for another. In short, any form or act of academic dishonesty will undermine our standards of excellence and violate the trust that bonds all members of the school community.

DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, data, ideas, research, or documentation, without giving proper credit to the source. It goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for an exam/test/quiz, or using or providing unauthorized materials during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as the theft or falsification of records and files.

FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (EXAMPLES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING):

Academic dishonesty is an act in which a student:

Examples include but are not limited to:

1. Commits plagiarism

Copying any work assigned to be done independently. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, or passages from an un-cited source while writing a paper or doing research

Using the views, opinions, or insights of others without proper acknowledgement

2. Submits falsified or invented work/information instead of actually doing the work, research, or task themselves

Changing or creating data in a lab experiment

Writing up a fake interview

Lying about attendance or ability to complete assignments and/or assessments

Lying about other people being responsible for low grades or missing scores/assignments

Claiming credit for work in a group project when work was done by others

Attempting to misrepresent the authorship of student work, i.e., having someone else write a paper

3. Uses unauthorized tools or materials in any academic work

Accessing and/or using copyrighted test bank questions or any materials designed for instructors’ use only

Looking at someone else’s work product, during an exam, test, or quiz

Collaborating on an exam, test, quiz or assignment with any other person without prior approval from the teacher

Using any kind of “cheat notes” during an exam, test, or quiz

Using an electronic device (calculator, cell phone, camera, laptop/tablet, or other gadgets) to give or receive or copy information before, during, or after an exam, test, or quiz

Having unauthorized access to or using stolen exams, tests, or quizzes

Providing or selling exam, test, or quiz information to other students

Using an on-line translator for more than words or phrases

4. Misuses or falsifies academic documents

Altering a transcript or report card

Signing another person’s name to an attendance roster or grade check

Forging a hallway pass

5. Purposefully damages or hinders the work of others

Hiding books or reference materials needed to complete an assignment

Tampering with lab experiment, art project, or electronic files of another student.

Fabricating or altering laboratory data

6. Assists other students in any of these acts

Knowingly allowing someone else to look at one’s work product during an exam, test, or quiz

Letting others copy one’s work. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

 

TEACHER’S PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT

A teacher’s professional judgment guides the implementation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy. The teacher is responsible for setting the academic expectations, explaining the consequences of the Policy, evaluating any evidence of student misconduct in light of the Policy, and determining whether the Policy has been violated. Students are to conduct themselves in a sensible manner and not give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

The District considers violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to be serious offenses and has therefore instituted the following consequences. The consequences apply on a school-wide and district-wide basis, i.e., a violation in one class follows a student to a different class within the school, and a violation at one school follows a student to a different school within the District. Additionally, violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy are cumulative for all the years a student is enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District.

First Offense

  • The student will have a reduction in grade/credit (up to, and including, an “F” grade/“0” credit) on the assignment, exam, test, or quiz based upon the teacher’s grading system.
  • The student’s semester grade may, at the teacher’s discretion, be lowered by one full letter grade.
  • The teacher will confer with the student and contact the parent/guardian by phone or e-mail to review the academic dishonesty incident within two school days of becoming aware of the incident.
  • The teacher will submit a written referral, with appropriate documentation, to an administrator who will meet with the student and the counselor, and document the incident/follow-up action in the student information system, Infinite Campus.
  • Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, a warning and a signed student/parental statement that acknowledges the violation/penalty, and indicates an understanding of further consequences for any subsequent offenses. Additionally, a student will be suspended from school, even on a first offense, in accordance with Education Code Section 48900, if a violation has occurred in the following areas:
    • Alteration or falsification, or attempted alteration/falsification, of records (e.g., transcripts)
    • Theft, or attempted theft, of records or testing materials (exams/tests/quizzes)
  • The student may be barred from participation or having a leadership role in a club, scholarship group, student government, athletic team, or other extracurricular activity for a period of one year from date of the violation.

Second Offense

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be given an “F” for the six week grading period in which the incident occurred.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.

Third/Continuing Offenses

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.
  • The student may be referred to the District’s Placement Advisory Committee for transfer to another school.

APPEALS PROCESS

Students wishing to contest decisions resulting from the administration of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy may submit their appeals in writing to the principal.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACADEMIC HONESTY

Administrators, teachers, parents and students must understand, accept, and share responsibilities if this policy is to be effective.

Student Responsibilities

The student will:

  • Set aside sufficient time to study
  • Participate actively in class and attend regularly
  • Protect work—do not lend or borrow work
  • Observe test time limits
  • Not look at another’s test or allow his or her test to be seen
  • Not talk during a test or about the test until all classes have had a chance to take it
  • Not represent as his or her own the work of a parent, brother, sister, or anyone else
  • Not change a test item in any way when the test is returned for review
  • Not allow one member of a team to do the whole task
  • Learn how to attribute work properly by citation, footnote, and bibliography
  • Not enter teacher offices and other restricted areas without permission and/or being accompanied by a staff person

Parent Responsibilities

The parent will:

  • Communicate to the student values of moral and ethical behavior
  • Refrain from placing undue pressure for high grades at any cost
  • Be aware of a student’s need for a quiet time and a place to study
  • Support the student’s efforts, but not edit, type, or in any other way do the work
  • Encourage wise use of time

Teacher Responsibilities

The teacher will:

  • Review at the beginning of the school year the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy along with his/her course descriptions/syllabi/green sheets that spell out clearly the consequences for academic dishonesty in his/her classes; review the various examples and forms of academic dishonesty that should be avoided
  • Be specific as to whether work is to be cooperative or individual, i.e., clarify the definition and expectation of “group work”
  • Keep completed assignments and tests secure
  • Inform students if unannounced tests will be used in the course
  • Ensure that grades in mark documents and the grade book are private and safe; not allow teaching assistants (TA’s) to make or maintain grade entries

Administrator Responsibilities

The administrator will:

  • Provide copies of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to all teachers for distribution to students
  • Place the signed FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy Parent/Student Agreement Statement in cumulative folders
  • Support teachers in administering discipline and upholding the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy
  • Record incident/follow-up action in Infinite Campus; inform teachers about outcome of the referral
  • Review on a case-by-case basis the need to reference infractions on Secondary School Reports
  • Facilitate conferences and counsel students in every case of academic dishonesty
  • Communicate with teachers about students who have prior violations
  • Collaborate with teachers in maintaining a secure digital and physical environment
  • Review and resolve appeals

Attendance Policy and Procedures

Full Day Absence

Call the Cupertino Attendance Line at 1-408-366-7372 one day prior to their absence or as soon as possible. Leave the following information:

  • Spell your students last name and first name
  • Student ID # (this number is 7 digits long and starts with the number 5)
  • Grade
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for the absence (illness, medical appointment, DMV apt, college visit, etc.)
  • Your name, phone # and your relationship to the student

Partial Day Absence

If your student has to leave (Off Campus Pass) or is coming in late from a medical, dental, DMV apt, was ill, etc., call the Cupertino Attendance Line at 1-408-366-7320 one day prior to their absence or as soon as possible. Leave the following information:

  • Spell your students last name and first name
  • Student ID # (this number is 7 digits long and starts with a number 5)
  • Grade-Date(s) of absence
  • Period(s) to be excused
  • Time the student will need to leave or will be arriving back.
  • Reason for the absence (illness, medical appointment, DMV apt, etc.)

Illness or Injury at School

Cupertino does not have a nurse/health office on campus. If your student comes to the Attendance Office because they are not feeling well and we can’t reach you or someone on your student’s emergency information, your student will have to wait in the office until we hear from a parent or guardian.

Off Campus Pass Information

If your student will be leaving early, it is their responsibility to pick up their Off Campus Pass before school, at brunch or lunch in order to leave. Students cannot leave campus without their pass. Once they pick up their pass, they can show their teacher and meet you outside for pick up. Cupertino is a closed campus during brunch and tutorial. Students leaving at lunch only do not need a pass. If your student will be arriving late, they must check in the Attendance Office to receive a pass to class to verify they are back on campus.

Forgot to Call

If you forgot or scheduled a last minute medical or dental appointment, or you are coming to pick up a sick child, please understand that it takes about 15 minutes to call your student out of class (possibly longer if they are in PE class). If you come to pick up your student during tutorial please remember students are not required to be in a specific classroom; therefore we will not be able to send a pass.

Unexcused Absences

Absences must be cleared within 2 school days (48 hours) by a parent or guardian only. Anything after 2 days will be marked as un-excused absence. Parent notes are not accepted. Doctors/medical notes ARE accepted with a date/time stamp from the physician for a partial day’s absence. If your student is ill for more than 3 days, a doctor’s note will need to be provided to the Attendance Office. Students may NOT call themselves in for their absences even if they are 18 years of age without a adult status form signed filled out and approved by the Assistant Principal. This is result in a referral to the Assistant Principal’s office.

Tardy

If your student is late to class, they will need to come to the Attendance Office to obtain an “admit to class” pass before heading to their classroom.

Emergency Contact Information

The household numbers that you list on the emergency form at the beginning of the year is the number that the auto dialer will call to let you know if your student has been marked absent for one or more classes. Please be sure that the phone number you list has a voice messaging system. To make changes to your student’s emergency contacts, please stop by the Main Office.

Marked Absent by Mistake

If your student was marked absent by mistake, it is your student’s responsibility to talk with the teacher that marked him/her absent; the student will need to fill out a correction form from the front office and get the teachers signature then turn it back into the Attendance office.

Annual Notifications

Student Technology Use Policy

Statement of Educational Purpose

The District's network system has been established for a limited educational purpose. The term educational purpose is used in the context of instruction-related activities, including but not limited to classroom-based projects and student works, college and career explorations, and high-quality, academically-enriching research. Recognizing the value of the Internet, the District supports teachers and students being engaged in an online environment that allows them to discuss, collaborate, communicate, create, and share in a safe, ethical, and responsible manner.

With that educational purpose in mind, we want to emphasize that the District's network system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. The District has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. You may not use the District's network system for commercial purposes. This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the District's network system.

You are expected to follow the rules set forth in this policy, the student disciplinary code, and the law in your use of the District's network system. Teachers and/or other staff members will provide instruction and guidance to students regarding the appropriate use of and access to the District's network system.

Access to Online Materials

The material you access through the District’s network system should be for class assignments or for research on subjects similar to what you might study in a class or in the school library. You are not to post non-academic messages to others within the network system.

Use of the District’s network system for entertainment purposes (e.g., accessing social networking sites, such as MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube) is not allowed.

If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately report this access to a teacher or an administrator. This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this policy.

The District has taken reasonable steps to restrict access to materials it considers harmful and to materials that do not support or conform to accepted educational objectives. These steps include the District installing filtering software to protect against access to inappropriate material in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2000.

You will not use the District’s network system to access the following: material that is obscene; child pornography; material that depicts, or describes in an offensive way, violence, nudity, sex, death, or bodily functions; material that has been designated as for adults only; material that promotes or advocates illegal activities; material that promotes the use of alcohol or tobacco, school cheating, or weapons; or material that advocates participation in hate groups or other potentially dangerous groups.

If you feel that the filtering software is blocking your access to an appropriate site, report this to your school librarian, computer lab coordinator, teacher, or an administrator.

You will not seek to bypass the filtering software by using a proxy site or some other technology, such as USB flash drives or discs.

The use of the District’s network system is a revocable privilege for all users.

Communication Safety Expectations

“Personal contact information” includes your full name, together with other information that would allow an individual to locate you, including your family name, your home address or location, your work address or location, or your phone number.

You may disclose personal contact information to educational institutions, companies or other entities for college/career exploration purposes, or with specific staff approval.

You will not disclose names, personal contact information, or any other private or personal information about other students. You will not forward a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.

You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school staff any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable. You should not delete such messages until instructed to do so by a staff member.

Unlawful, Unethical, Unauthorized and Inappropriate Uses and Activities

Unlawful Activities

  • You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the District’s network system, or to any other computer system, or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or to access another person’s files.
  • You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the District’s network system or any other computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.
  • You will not vandalize the District’s computer equipment by disassembling or disconnecting any computer components or peripherals.
  • You will not engage in any conduct that modifies, harms, or destroys any computer or network hardware, such as mice, keyboards, and components that reboot computers.
  • You will not use the District’s Internet system to engage in any other unlawful hacking activities such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, or threatening the safety of any person (including public officials).

Inappropriate Language and Unauthorized/Unethical Activities

  • Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to all speech communicated through the District’s network system, including public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
  • You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, sexually oriented, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
  • You will not use, access, transmit, or download information that is hate-motivated, fraudulent, abusive, or racially offensive.
  • You will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information that could cause damage or a disruption to your school or any other organization or person.
  • You will not use a camera phone to record or take pictures of students or staff anywhere on campus and post on the Internet (e.g., YouTube) without the school’s permission.
  • You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks, or harass or bully another person.
  • You will not use, access, transmit, or download information that relates to or encourages the illegal use of controlled substances or other criminal conduct.
  • You will promptly disclose to your teacher or another school employee any message you receive from any other student that is in violation of the restrictions on inappropriate language and unauthorized activities.

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

  • You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas, graphics, or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours without adequate and accurate citation.
  • You will respect the rights of copyright owners in your use of materials found on, disseminated through, or posted to the Internet. Copyright infringement occurs when you reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright without explicit permission from the copyright holder or outside the limitations of copyright law.
  • You will not use peer-to-peer filesharing programs, such as “BitTorrent” or “Limewire,” to download or share copyrighted movies, music, or games.

System Security and Resource Limits

System Security

  • You are responsible for your individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use your account. Under no conditions should you provide your password to another person. Protect your files and account by logging out of your account and regularly backing up your personal files.
  • You will immediately notify a teacher or an administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. However, do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an unlawful attempt to gain access.
  • You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the District virus protection procedures.
  • You will not engage in any conduct or activities that could disrupt the use of the system for others, including installing programs or files, deleting programs or files, modifying settings, changing passwords, or reconfiguring the system.

Resource Limits

  • You will use the system only for educational and college/career exploration activities and limited, high-quality research.
  • You will not download large files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, you will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer.
  • You will not misuse District, school, or personal distribution lists or discussion groups for sending irrelevant messages.

Rights and Privacy Limits

Free Speech

  • Your right to free speech and access to information applies to your use of the Internet. The District may restrict access to materials for valid educational reasons. The District may also restrict your speech for valid educational reasons.

Copyright

  • You own the copyright to works that you create in school or for a class assignment. If the work is created by a group, each student will share joint ownership of the copyright. You and your parent or guardian must agree before your work will be posted on the District Web site. Your work should be posted with your copyright notice.

Privacy Limits

  • The District computer system, equipment, and the associated user accounts are the District’s property. Student do not have any right of privacy as to their usage or any information or files maintained in or on the District’s network system or equipment and should understand that there is no expectation that any communication or materials they send, access, view, or receive will be private. All student use of the Internet will be supervised and monitored. The District’s monitoring of Internet usage can reveal all activities you engage in using the District’s network system. For purposes of inspecting or investigating a student’s use of the District’s network system or the student’s files or documents maintained on the network system, the District may override any applicable passwords, codes, etc. Student accounts are erased (expunged) annually.
  • Routine maintenance and monitoring of the District’s network system may lead to discovery that you have violated this policy, the student disciplinary code, or the law.
  • Your parents have the right to request to see the contents of your computer files at any time.

Consequences for Violations

Inappropriate, unauthorized, unethical, and unlawful use of the District’s network system can result in termination of the student’s user privileges, liability for damages, disciplinary action (suspension/expulsion), and/or legal action in accordance with the law and District policy. Depending on the circumstances, criminal charges against a violator may be filed by the District Attorney. If you are 18 years old, these charges become part of your permanent record.

Consequences are applied to student misconduct on-campus, in school vehicles, and at school-sponsored activities.

Consequences are applied to student misconduct off-campus when it is determined that such misconduct creates a hostile environment or threatens substantial disruption at school or interference with the rights of students to be secure.

Consequences are applied to student misconduct that involves the use of the following technologies: cell/camera phones, Bluetooth devices, iPods, computers/Notebooks, pagers, or other tools. These personal technologies that are used inappropriately in and out of classrooms without permission will be confiscated and held until picked up by a parent or guardian.

The District will comply with applicable law and will cooperate with local, state, or federal officials (FBI, DEA, ATF) in an investigation related to any unlawful activities conducted through the District’s network system.

Limitation of District Liability

The District will not guarantee that the functions or services provided through the District’s network service will be without error. The District will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer, including but not limited to loss of data, interruptions of service, or exposure to inappropriate material or people. The District will not be responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through the system. The District will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Your parents can be held financially responsible for any harm that may result from your intentional misuse of the system. You may use the system only if your parents have signed a disclaimer of claims for damages against the District (see “Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement”).

FUHSD Complaint Process