Student Code of Conduct

Academic Integrity

Portland High School is an academic institution that enjoys a rich tradition of academic excellence.  In order to maintain high standards of performance for all students, it is the responsibility of the entire Portland High community to promote, and maintain conditions, that foster the highest integrity and ethical behavior of all its members.  The Portland High School diploma, and accompanying transcript, must be earned absent of dishonest and unethical behavior that will compromise the school’s mission and expectations.




The following behaviors are defined as cheating under this Academic Code of Conduct: copying another’s homework and handing it in as your own, obtaining without permission, tests, quizzes or any other material not intended to be seen by students, the use of electronic or other devices without the permission of the instructor, the use of non-authorized materials during a test, quiz or other academic exercise, attempting to view another’s answers during a test, quiz or other academic exercise.


Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of the work of another person, in whatever form, as one’s own work or without proper citation.

Electronic Device

Any communication device such as, but not limited to, cell phones, iPhones, computers, laptops, etc.


Prohibited Behaviors 

  • Any form of cheating, plagiarism, falsification of material in order to realize an academic gain is a violation of this Academic Code of Conduct.
  • The acquisition of tests, quizzes, homework or other materials without the owners permission is a violation of this Academic Code of Conduct.
  • Using another person’s test, quiz or homework without the instructor’s authorization is a violation of this Academic Code of Conduct.
  • Non-authorized communication with anyone during a test or quiz is a violation of this Academic Code of Conduct.
  • Plagiarism is a violation of this Academic Code of Conduct.


Consequences for violations of this Academic Code of Conduct

First Offense

In all cases, the teacher deals with first offense cases, unless the violation is so blatant that an administrator is necessary.

  1. The teacher determines that a violation has occurred and notifies administration for recording purposes.
  2. The teacher notifies the parent or guardian.
  3. The teacher determines and administers the consequence.


Second Offense

1.   1 and 2 from above.

2.   The teacher notifies the administration and outlines the offense and their preferred consequence.  Administration will determine the consequence.

3.   Consequences may include one or more of the following: office detentions, a grade of zero on the assignment, a suspension from school for a determined period of time.  Final determination of consequences is determined by the administration and reported to the parent.


Third Offense

1.  1, 2, and 3 from above.

2.   Possible removal from the class and up to a three day suspension.


The use of this policy and its consequences is primarily intended to be educational with an emphasis on creating an understanding and culture that promotes academic integrity at all times.