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Torrey Pines High School

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Academic Honesty Policy

Honest behavior is an expectation for all students in the San Dieguito Union High School District, especially those at Torrey Pines High School. The purpose of this regulation is to create and maintain an ethical academic atmosphere for our students. To help students understand what violates our honesty policy, defined acts are provided below. 


Specific types of academic dishonesty which will not be tolerated are defined below:

Cheating on Tests - Any intentions of giving of or use of external assistance relating to an examination, test, or quiz without express permission of the teacher. This includes looking on another student's paper, sharing answers, or copying another student's paper.

Fabrication - Any intentional falsification or invention of data citation, other authority in an academic exercise.

Unauthorized Collaboration - While collaboration is often encouraged, unauthorized collaboration is not permitted.

Plagiarism - Any intentional representation of another's ideas, words, or work as one's own. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material, electronic material, and/or the work of other students. The original writer who intentionally shares his/her paper for another to copy, without the permission of the teacher, is also engaged in plagiarism.

Alteration of Materials - Any intentional and unauthorized alteration of student, teacher, or library materials.

Forgery - Any unauthorized signing of another person's name to school related documents.

Theft - Any theft of materials.

Transfer of Unauthorized Materials - Any giving or selling of unauthorized materials.


Any alleged violation of this policy will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken consistent with our school board policy.

Depending on the severity of the offense one or more of the following consequences may occur:

  • Referral to the assistant principal and parent/guardian will be contacted.
  • Loss of all credit for the assignment or test with no make-up permitted.
  • Placement on a contract for the remainder of the school year.
  • Violation on a school administered national or state examination will result in a district code of conduct violation (suspension)
  • Dropped from the class with no credit.
  • Referral to the Intervention Team for supportive purposes
  • Suspension from school.
  • Removal from all elected or appointed leadership positions for the remainder of the school year, including athletic positions.