Trust, respect, responsibility and honesty are fundamental principles which must be upheld by all members of the Christian Academy community in order to create an atmosphere in which scholarship and integrity may flourish. The Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg believes in the value of the honor system as applied to the preparation of a student's work and the taking of examinations. The school believes that the honor system is part of a larger standard of behavior that applies to all that a student does as a member of the community.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas in your writing without proper acknowledgement and documentation. Plagiarism is cheating and a major violation of the discipline code.

Examples:

  • having another person write a paper for you and turning it in as your work;
  • turning in another student's work as your own;
  • copying a paper from a source without proper acknowledgement;
  • copying materials, words, or ideas from a source, supplying the proper acknowledgement, but not using quotation marks;
  • paraphrasing materials, words, or ideas from a source without using proper documentation;
  • buying a paper from a research service or term paper mill;
  • turning in a paper from a “free” term paper website.

How to avoid plagiarism in your writing:

  • Document all direct quotations. Make sure that you have copied each quotation word for word and that the punctuation is the same as the original.
  • Document information you’ve paraphrased or summarized. This includes all ideas and expressions that you adapted from your sources.
  • Follow documentation style (MLA, APA, Chicago Manual, etc.) required by the course instructor.
  • Consider Biblical instruction: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, New International Version).
  • NOTE: Sources include periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers), Internet sites, databases, CD’s, books (all types), brochures, letters, television programs, films, artwork, musical compositions, speeches, charts, maps, organizations, individuals, and any additional printed or unprinted forms of communication.The only information not requiring acknowledgment and documentation is common knowledge. Common knowledge is information that can be found in several different sources, usually exists in more than one subject area, and is knowledge that many people possess.