A New Policy: No More Hand-Me-Down Tests! by Olivia Olson

by Olivia Olson

We have all seen it happen – parents keeping tests from an older sibling, older students passing down a test, or tutors charging more because they have past tests. For a while, this has been a “grey” area when it comes to cheating in the Shorecrest community. This past Monday, the academic office cleared up this confusion among parents, students, and teachers.

The handbook states that cheating is the following: “the use of study guides (“cheat sheets”) or any type of unauthorized assistance on assignments of any sort, quizzes or tests, and sharing information about a quiz, test, or other graded work from an individual in one section of a class to others in another section of that class.”

The new policy simply adds that it is an honor violation to “provide other students with originals or copies of their assessments” or “possess or use another student’s assessment for any purpose.” However, there is one exception: “students who have taken an assessment, but lost it, may ask for a peer’s assessment to help prepare for a midterm or final exam.”

Overall, the student response to the new policy seems positive. “The new policy will level the playing field for students who did not have access to past tests,” says Honor Council member Jordan Tralins. “It will also benefit our learning.”

Mr. Paige, the Academic Dean, helped create the new policy in order to make Shorecrest a more honorable place. When asked what steps students should take to incorporate honor into their academics, he suggested the following: “I think the number one thing to do when it comes to enshrining honor is to always think ‘would I be willing to put whatever I am about to do on my college application? Am I comfortable enough with it that I would be happy to share with my college that I do it?’”

“Sometimes,” he continued, “I think we convince ourselves that something is okay because others are doing it, but when we think of whether we would let others know about it, we find a truer signal if something is acceptable.”

Both students and faculty members alike are working hard to make Shorecrest a more honorable community. With student support, this new policy has the potential to do just that.