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Do any of you have a succinct copyright policy for your student handbook,
especially one that addresses music, that you would be willing to share?


All students are expected to comply with the Federal Copyright laws and
District Copyright Policy and Guidelines. Restrictions include:
duplication of copyrighted materials without permission, copying,
distributing or installing software in violation of federal copyright law;
downloading copyrighted music or images.

Violations may result in loss of privileges or legal action.

Thou shalt not copy without permission of the work's creator.

Plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property. It is the taking and using
as one's own the ideas of writings of others.  This includes, but is not
limited to, such sources as books, magazines, and the Internet.

 It is not wrong to use another person's ideas or writings as a basis for
one's own work, as long as such sources are given proper accreditation, even
if the material used was very short.  The methods of giving credit to
authors whose ideas you have used are laid out in the SCCHS Research Paper

 In no case should another's work be presented as the whole or major part of
a student's research paper, essay, or project.

 The penalty for plagiarism is a grade of zero for that assignment.

 Plagiarism is an extremely serious offense.  Colleges and universities
often punish plagiarism with failure of the whole course, and follow this up
with severe disciplinary action. Students should also understand that
plagiarism is a reflection on their character and would affect eligibility
for student leadership positions or the National Honor Society.

 When teachers consider it appropriate, students at _____ will be required
to write and sign the following statement on essays, projects, and
assignments:  On my honor, I affirm that I have neither given nor received
aid on this assignment.

Patrons of the ____________ library media centers, including staff and
students, will follow the provisions of Title 17 of the United States Code,
entitled ³Copyrights.²
Unlawful copies of copyrighted materials may not be produced on
district-owned equipment.
Unlawful copies of copyrighted materials may not be used within
district-owned facilities or at district-sponsored events.
1.  You may make a single photocopy of any material found during personal
research or to complete a classroom assignment. You may keep the copies of
the material for your own use, but you may not sell the copies or make
copies of the copies.
2.  You must respect the copyright of any materials you use by giving credit
to the author either in the text or footnote of your work. If you use the
exact words of the author you must put the words in quotation marks. Failure
to give credit to the author is plagiarism.
3. You may only perform or display copyrighted materials in conjunction with
school work.
4.  Use of copyrighted materials outside of the regular class assignment
requires written permission of the copyright holder. This includes any
graphic materials.
5.  You must not copy computer software installed on district-owned
6.  Information found on school computers may only be used for classroom
assignments or for personal research.
Source: Simpson, Carol Mann. Copyright for Schools. Worthington, Ohio:
Linworth Publishing, Inc. c1997. Appendix E and G.


Thanks to everyone for your input!

Sandy Norfolk, NBCT, Teacher-Librarian
Excelsior Middle School, Marion, IA  52302

Shining Acolyte of the Sacred Flame
Of Literacy in a Dark and Encroaching
Universe--Terry Pratchett

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