Code of Conduct

Student Expectations

Access to the technology utilized by Peoria Unified School District’s eCampus Virtual High School Program imposes certain responsibilities and obligations. Appropriate use is ethical and honest, and demonstrates respect for physical and intellectual property, system security protocols, and individuals’ rights to privacy and to freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwanted annoyance.

Students enrolled in eCampus Virtual High School courses agree to abide by all rules listed in the Peoria Unified School District “Acceptable Use of School Computers – Students.”  The Acceptable Use of School Computers is a document students and parents sign as part of the enrollment process at the beginning of each school year. 

The following procedure will be followed for students who do not or cannot abide by the guidelines listed in this document and/or the “Guidelines for Appropriate Use of Technology Resources”.

  • First Offense: The student will be given an email warning and his/her parents and an administrator will be notified of the infraction.
  • Second Offense: The student will be removed from the course with no credit awarded and no tuition refunded. Also, access to all other online courses will be suspended until further notice.
  • Severe Misconduct: Regardless of whether the offense is a first or second offense, the student will be removed from the course will no credit awarded and no tuition refunded. Access to all online courses offered through eCampus Virtual High School Program will also be revoked.

Accountability

Posting anonymous messages is not permitted unless authorized by the online course instructor. Impersonating another person in also strictly prohibited.

  • Use only your own username and password, and do not divulge this information to anyone
  • Do not aid anyone in gaining unauthorized access to password protected courses
  • Do not publicly post your personal contact information, or anyone else’s
  • Do not publicly post messages that were sent to you privately

Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate behavior includes (but is not limited to):

  • Insults or attacks of any kind against another person
  • Use of obscene, degrading, or profane language
  • Harassment (continuously posting unwelcome messages to another person) or use of threats
  • Other actions listed in the Student Conduct section of the high school handbook. Visit your school’s website to access the student handbook. 

Use of Copyrighted Materials

All materials in the course are copyrighted and provided for use exclusively by enrolled students. Enrolled students may print or photocopy material from the website for their own use while studying. However, copying or reprinting these materials for use by or distribution to others is prohibited unless expressly noted. Unauthorized copying or distribution may result in revoked access to online courses.

Academic Integrity

All work you submit is assumed to have been completed without direct help. You are responsible for observing the standards on plagiarism and properly crediting all sources relied on in the composition of any work you complete in your course(s). The definition of plagiarism is copying or imitating the language, ideas, and thoughts of another writer and passing them off as your original work.  Failure to abide by these standards will be reported to the appropriate administrative authorities and may result in loss of credit on the assignment and loss of access to the online course. 

 
It is the practice of the Peoria Unified School District and eCampus to facilitate honesty and integrity among the student body. Students must work to be successful in the classroom with each student’s success based upon his/her own merit. To this end, academic misconduct of any kind is unacceptable.  Examples which violate academic integrity are: 

  • Cheating – giving, using, or attempting to see unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids, or other devices in any academic exercise including unauthorized communication of information.  This includes but is not limited to using a commercial service or engaging another person (whether paid or unpaid) to prepare assigned work.
  • Fabrication and Falsification – unauthorized alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  • Plagiarism – presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source). This includes the use of internet sources. The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas or information is common knowledge.
  • Self-Plagiarism-Using one’s own words, ideas, expressions, productions, or other creative output from prior work without proper citation to the previous work and appropriate permission from the instructor. Self-plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
  • Using an assignment completed for one class to fulfill a requirement for another assignment (either in the same class or a different class) without getting specific approval from the instructor
  • Facilitating Academic Misconduct – giving or attempting to help another commit an act of academic misconduct. (i.e. screenshots, emailing completed work or airdropping of work/tests, programming into a calculator)
  • Tampering with Materials, Grades, or Records – interfering with, altering, or attempting to alter school records, grades or other documents without authorization from an appropriate school official for the purpose of changing, falsifying, or removing the original information found in such records.
  • Copyright Laws – all applicable copyright laws will be in effect as related to both computer software and printed books and materials.

Proactive Strategies 

We encourage all students to take proactive strategies to avoid any hint of academic dishonesty or misconduct.  Here are some helpful recommendations:  

  • Refuse to assist students who ask you to cheat.  Do not let someone else’s poor study habits become your problem!
  • Report to your instructor or eCampusadministration if you suspect students who are cheating.  Academic dishonesty affects everyone!  Your identify will remain anonymous.   
  • Do not copy and paste text from a website and present it as your own.  Proper citation (e.g., MLA or APA) is required if you use text that is not your own. 
  • Do not share assignments you have finished with other students. They may decide to submit your work as their own.  
  • If in doubt, clarify with your instructor how much collaboration, if any, is permitted or expected when working on projects or assignments with other students.
  • Secure your completed assignments by not leaving them in a place where others might be able to copy them and be sure to log off all district devices. 
  • If in doubt, always reach out to your instructor for help.  Better to be cautious than to put yourself at risk!
  • Space out your studying and prepare in advance for any quizzes/tests/exams.  Waiting until the last minute may tempt you to take shortcuts.
  • Get help early and often from your instructor.  
  • Get to know all the resources available to you. 

Academic Integrity Violations 

eCampus is committed to upholding a high standard of academic excellence and integrity.  In the event a student’s actions violate our academic integrity policy, the following consequences will be enforced.  The instructor may elect to impose the min or max consequences or a combination of the two.  A student may contest and appeal an alleged violation but cannot appeal the consequence.  Also, the instructor and eCampus administration have the discretion to administer level 2 or 3 consequences if the student’s first infraction is considered severe in nature.  Each violation will be documented. 

1st Offense 

Min-A written notice will be sent to student(s) detailing the incident and a copy of incident sent to parent/guardian and counselor.  Both the student(s) who cheated and the student(s) who distributed their work will receive the consequence.  Student required to complete eCampus Plagiarism course.  If student has already completed Plagiarism course, then student will be required to submit a written explanation of what he/she will do differently to avoid future academic integrity violations. 

Max-A zero on assignment(s) with no opportunity to resubmit or alternate assignment(s) will be provided for full or partial credit.  Both the student(s) who cheated and the student(s) who distributed their work will receive the consequence.  Student required to complete eCampus Plagiarism course.   


2nd Offense 

Min-A zero on the assignment(s) will be given with no opportunity to resubmit and student(s) will be placed on academic probation.  The student will be required to complete an academic probation form and student’s course access will be suspended until the academic probation form is completed and returned to instructor and the instructor and eCampus administration have had time to review the form.  Furthermore, a referral/incident report may be issued to the student.  Both the student who cheated and the student(s) who distributed their work will receive the consequence.  A comment code of I1 (Improper behavior or attitude) will be noted on student’s progress report.   

Max-In addition to the minimum 2nd offense consequences being applied, a conference with eCampus administration to include home school counselor, parent/guardian will be held.   


3rd Offense 

Min- Conference with administration to include home school counselor, parent/guardian will be held and zero on assignment(s) will be given with no opportunity to resubmit.  A referral/incident report will be issued to student.  Both the student who cheated and the student(s) who distributed their work will receive the consequence.  A comment code of I1 (Improper behavior or attitude) will be noted on student’s progress report.  

Max- A zero on the assignment(s) will be given with no opportunity to resubmit. Student will be dropped and lose credit in the course and will not be permitted to retake the course online.  Furthermore, the student will no longer be permitted to take eCampus courses.  An F or W will be posted to student’s transcript depending on student’s grade at the time of the drop.   

NET-iquette

The word “NET-iquette” refers to common sense guidelines for conversing with others online. Please abide by these standards:

  • Avoid sarcasm, jargon, and slang.
  • Never use derogatory comments, including those regarding race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, political persuasion, body type, physical or mental health, or access issues.
  • Focus your responses on the questions or issues being discussed, not on the individuals involved.
  • Be constructive with your criticism, not hurtful.
  • Review your messages before sending. Remove easily misinterpreted language and proofread.
  • Respect other people’s privacy. Never reveal other people’s email addresses or personal information.