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ACADEMIC POLICIES & INFORMATION

Boulder High School Academic Integrity Policy

Boulder High School is committed to maintaining intellectual excellence, high standards and expectations for all students while establishing a school climate that promotes ethical and responsible student conduct. Students are expected to adhere to all policies and hold the responsibility to read and understand the academic integrity policy as written.

Definitions of Academic Dishonesty - BVSD Policy JDC (English) or JDC-SP (Spanish)

Academic Integrity: Compliance to accepted ethical standards 

Academic Dishonesty:  Deliberate, unacceptable behaviors that include but are not limited to: misrepresentation, obtaining unauthorized information, and tendering of information

Misrepresentation:  Students misrepresent their work by handing in the work of someone else:

  • Plagiarizing: unacknowledged use of information, ideas, or phrasing of others. This includes copying the exact words of another writer without proper documentation of source, stealing or passing off words, graphics, and artwork that is not one’s own.
  • Purchasing a paper from a service or other sources
  • Reproducing another person’s paper and submitting it as one’s own
  • Having someone else take an exam
  • Inventing of information or citation in an academic exercise and misquoting or quoting  out of context 
  • Submitting a reproduction of another person’s work
  • Signing of another’s name to an official document and/or submission of information known to be false
  • Reproduction of your work that has been previously used for another class.  Must consult with the current teacher prior to turning in the assignment for approval or credit.

Obtaining unauthorized information: Information that is obtained dishonestly: 

  • Copying homework 
  • Working with another student on work that is intended to be done independently
  • Downloading and submitting term papers from online resources 
  • Sharing answers through data storage devices
  • Using cell phones or PDA devices to take electronic pictures of exams
  • Text‐messaging answers of academic work 
  • Stealing materials from teachers or classmates 

Tendering of information: Students giving or selling their work to another person who plans to submit it as their own:

  • Giving work to another student to be copied
  • Giving someone answers to an exam during an exam 
  • Discussing an assessment with students who have not yet been assessed on the material
  • Giving or selling a written assignment to another student

Infractions and Consequences

Boulder High School considers violations of the Academic Integrity policy to be serious offenses and have instituted the following consequences. The consequences apply on a school-wide basis, and are cumulative for all of the years that a student is enrolled at Boulder High School.

Suspected incidents of academic dishonesty must be referred by instructional staff to the school’s administration for investigation. In order to maintain a reasonable level of consistency within Boulder High School, consequences will be applied by school administration after consultation with the appropriate instructional staff. The general magnitude of an infraction and the level of premeditation involved should be considered before consequences are determined. Boulder High School will strive to maintain consistency in consequences from infraction to infraction. In addition to the following consequences, being found guilty of academic dishonesty may impact a student’s ability to participate or be a member of leadership clubs and/or activities (ie. NHS, Panther Pride, Student Council, etc). 

First Offense: Teacher informs administration of allegation immediately after communicating with student about the incident. Admin will confer with the teacher and the student for due process for both individuals. Once academic dishonesty is confirmed:

  1. Teacher/Admin notifies parents. Mandatory meeting with teacher, student, parent and administrator.
  2. Student receives zero on assignment.
  3. Incident is documented in the Frontline Communication Log and in the Infinite Campus Behavior tab (for file only).
  4. Student is assigned 4 hours of community service (Saturday School).
  5. Student is warned by administrator that next offense or any thereafter, in any class during their tenure at Boulder High School will result in the student being placed on academic probation with the incident being reported to colleges and universities during the application process.

Second Offense: Teacher informs administration of allegation immediately after communicating with student about the incident. Admin will confer with the teacher and the student for due process for both individuals. Once academic dishonesty is confirmed:

  1. Teacher/Admin notifies parents. Mandatory meeting with teacher, student, parent and administrator.
  2. Student receives zero on assignment. 
  3. Incident is documented in the Frontline Communication Log and in the Infinite Campus Behavior tab.
  4. Student is placed on academic probation. Student will remain on academic probation for the remainder of their tenure at Boulder High School. 
  5. Incident will be reported to colleges and universities during the application process. 
  6. Student will receive 8 hours of community service (Saturday School).

Third Offense: Teacher informs administration of allegation immediately after communicating with student about the incident. Admin will confer with the teacher and the student for due process for both individuals. Once academic dishonesty is confirmed:

  1. Teacher/Admin notifies parents. Mandatory meeting with teacher, student, parent and administrator.
  2. Student receives zero on assignment. 
  3. Incident is documented in the Frontline Communication Log and in the Infinite Campus Behavior tab.
  4. Incident will be reported to colleges and universities during the application process.
  5. Student will receive a 3 day out-of-school suspension. 

Fourth Offense: Teacher informs administration of allegation immediately after communicating with student about the incident. Admin will confer with the teacher and the student for due process for both individuals. Once academic dishonesty is confirmed:

  1. Teacher/Admin notifies parents. Mandatory meeting with teacher, student, parent and administrator.
  2. Student receives zero on the assignment. Student may also receive an automatic F in the class that this fourth academic dishonesty offense occurs.
  3. Incident is documented in the Frontline Communication Log and in the Infinite Campus Behavior tab.
  4. Incident will be reported to colleges and universities.
  5. Student will receive a 5 day out-of-school suspension.

Classroom Policies

In every course, the teacher is required to distribute to the student, in writing, a class syllabus which includes:

  • A complete course description.
  • The teacher’s individual classroom policies which include information on make-up work, missed assignments, attendance requirements, forms for written work, grading policy, class conduct, individual conferences, field trips, and supplies that may be required.

Final Exams

Boulder High School conforms to and complies with Boulder Valley School District Policy and Regulations (BVSD Policy IKA/IKAA/IKAB and IKA-R/IKAA-R/IKAB-R). Only in the documented circumstances of an emergency can students be excused from Final Exams. 

Grades

Recording Grades

The grade earned for each course must be recorded in the student’s permanent records. A student is permitted to repeat a course to improve a grade. Both grades will appear on the transcript, but only the higher grade will be calculated in the grade point average and credit will be earned only once. The repeated course must be the exact same course, taken at a BVSD school, or a BVSD-approved online course equivalent.

Incomplete Grades

The incomplete must be made up within the first six weeks of the following semester. If the incomplete is not made up within the allotted period of time, the grade will automatically be changed to an F.  Incomplete grades can be assigned at the end of each grading period.

Weighted Grades

The BVSD Board of Education encourages students to challenge themselves academically and to pursue the most rigorous and challenging courses that best promote their academic achievement. It is the intention of the Board to recognize and encourage additional effort and learning required in classes beyond the usual level of difficulty. To accomplish this, the Board has identified certain BVSD courses that are relatively difficult and they have designated these as weighted courses. The weighted grade point scale for these courses is used on transcripts and in determining high school grade point average and eligibility for school sports, academic awards and honors. More information on weighted grades can be found in the BVSD Policy IKC and IKC-R.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GPA is derived by multiplying the numerical equivalent of each grade by the corresponding units of credit, adding the totals for all courses taken in a semester and dividing by the total number of credits attempted.

The weighted GPA is calculated using one additional quality point per letter grade in a weighted class. Only the GPA is affected; the grade itself is not changed on the report card or on the transcript.

Regular Courses Weighted Courses
A = 4 points A = 5 points
B = 3 points B = 4 points
C = 2 points C = 3 points
D = 1 point   D = 2 points
F = 0 points F = 0 points

BHS Advanced Placement (AP) Achievement Recognition Cord

To be eligible for a BHS AP Achievement Recognition Cord, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Take five yearlong AP courses in four different content areas. The content areas are Art, Computer Science, Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. You can combine two single-semester Social Studies courses to equal one year. These Social Studies courses are AP Psychology, AP Micro, AP Macro, AP Human Geo, and AP US Gov. 
  • Complete all AP courses with no grade lower than a B. (For current courses, students must have a B or higher on the first Monday following the application deadline.)
  • Have taken or are registered to take the AP test in each AP course that counts as the content area requirement.
  • Complete and submit an application for the BHS AP Achievement Recognition Cord in the year in which they intend to graduate.

Graduation Honors & Cords

Graduation Honors Graduation Cord
AP Cord Recipients Purple cord
Summa cum laude (4.5 GPA and above) Purple & Gold cord
Magna cum laude (4.2 - 4.499 GPA) Gold cord
Cum laude (3.9 - 4.199 GPA) Silver cord
Seal of Biliteracy Green cord
AVID Light Blue cord
AVID with distinction White cord
Business Black cord
FBLA Excellence Blue & Gold cord
Boulder Arts Focus Pathway Brown, Pink, & White cord
National Honor Society Royal Blue & Gold cord
National Art Honor Society Rainbow cord
Tri-M Music Honor Society Pink cord


Selection of Honors and Cords will be made by the registrar following the following guidelines: 

  • All selections will be based on a weighted GPA.
  • Selections are made based on 7th semester GPA.
  • Honor recipients must have completed four semesters at BHS by the time of their selection.

Academic Letters

A student will earn an academic letter the first time they have earned a 4.0 or greater GPA in a semester at BHS or earned a 3.5 or greater GPA each semester for two consecutive semesters at BHS. Thereafter, a student earns an academic honor bar each time they earn a 3.5 or greater GPA in a semester. Juniors and seniors must be enrolled in a minimum of five classes at BHS and sophomores and freshman in a minimum of six classes at BHS.

National Honor Society

To qualify for National Honor Society (NHS), the student must be in the 11th or 12th grade and meet minimum requirements in four areas: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. To be considered for membership at the end of the sophomore year and beyond, students must have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.750 or above and a strong record of rigorous courses (i.e., Advanced and AP classes). Students without strong course selection in at least two academic areas are not eligible for membership. Eligible students are invited by the NHS sponsors.

Education Related Violations

Copying, Plagiarism or Cheating

View BVSD Policy JDC (Spanish Policy JDC-SP) for more information. Additional information can also be found in the Academic Dishonesty section of the BHS Student Handbook.

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE DESCRIPTION ADDITIONAL CONSEQUENCE
First Offense

Loss of credit for assignment. Conference with teacher, student and parent(s), eight hours of community service.

Student will not be permitted to attend school activities such as sporting events, plays or extra-curricular activities until community service/restorative piece is successfully completed. Notification of incident to NHS sponsors and other student leadership groups.
Second Offense

Loss of credit for assignment. Conference with teacher, student and parent(s), eight hours of community service.

Student will not be permitted to attend school activities such as sporting events, plays or extra-curricular activities until community service/restorative piece is successfully completed. Students will be placed on Academic Probation.  Academic Dishonesty will be reported to colleges.
Third Offense

Loss of credit for assignment. Conference with teacher, student and parent(s), three days out-of- school suspension.

  Academic Dishonesty will be reported to colleges.
Fourth Offense

Loss of credit for assignment. Conference with teacher, student and parent(s), five days out-of-school suspension, possible F grade for the class.

  Academic Dishonesty will be reported to colleges.