Student Handbook


Academic Integrity

Coast Union High School students are expected to uphold the highest standards of academic conduct and personal integrity. The CUHS faculty is committed to helping students avoid unintentional plagiarism and understand the rules of responsible scholarship.

Teachers at Coast Union High School endorse the use of the ETC Portal databases and Google Scholar as the primary research tool to help students develop good search habits. The Coast Union High School library has posted on the CUHS website a list of resources that guide students in proper methods of citing sources. There is a list of resources and websites at the end of this document that are intended to assist students with their writing and research assignments.

Academic dishonesty—including plagiarism, cheating or copying the work of another, using technology for illicit purposes, or any unauthorized communication between students for the purpose of gaining advantage during an examination—is strictly prohibited. Coast Union High School’s Academic Integrity Policy covers all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class. Students who cheat deprive themselves of the opportunity to learn—especially, how to think. Knowing how to think critically in each subject area prepares students for higher education, and/or their chosen profession, where cheating and plagiarism have dire consequences. Cheating is destructive to the entire school community; damaging relationships and engendering mistrust in teachers and classmates.

•    Students who do not cheat also suffer by the inflated grades that result from academic misconduct. 
•    Students who choose to cheat or plagiarize will face the risk that teachers and counselors may not want to write their letters of recommendation for college. 
•    If students are suspended for cheating or plagiarism, they are required to admit it in their college applications for private schools. 
•    Students face life changing consequences when they choose to cheat rather than earning grades honestly through hard work and good study habits. 


•    CUHS students are expected to cite electronic and print sources, every time they include any information in an essay or project of their own. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following guidelines: 
•    Copying and pasting from Internet or other electronic sources—even one sentence—is considered plagiarism unless there are quotation marks preceding and following the quoted material. Student writers must also include a citation of the source (Works Cited page or Bibliography) at the end of their paper. This applies to other forms of expression as well—artwork, photography, computer coding, mathematical calculations, etc.
•    Presenting the ideas as one’s own original thoughts 
•    Submitting another student’s work as one’s own


•    Copying another student’s work or assignment
•    Allowing another student to copy your assignment
•    Using an unauthorized set of notes, cheat sheet, graphic calculator or other device during a test or quiz.
•    Stealing, borrowing or removing an exam


First Incident Step 1: Parent conference and required completion of a 3 day “Academic Dishonesty” course.  Failure to attend or complete the assigned three day session will result in advancement to Step 2.
Second Incident Step 2: Parent conference and required completion of a 5 day “Academic Dishonesty” course.  Failure to attend or complete the assigned five day session will result in advancement to Step 3.
Third Incident: A grade of “F” in the course and placement on the CUHS Ineligible list for the remainder of the current quarter and the subsequent quarter.

Advanced Placement Classes: AP students are expected to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty; if students are discovered to have violated any of these policies in summer assignments, they will be dropped from Honors or AP classes before school begins.