TCA students are expected to be honest in all situations, including the academic realm.  TCA desires that its students approach each assignment – no matter the size or type - with integrity and honesty. Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their choices and to communicate with their teachers when help is needed.  Dishonesty is an ever-present choice in life.  May our students seek and find the Lord’s freedom in continuing to build a foundation of Truth and integrity in all of life’s decisions.   


Cheating is defined as, but not limited to, the following criteria:


  • Giving answers orally, visually, electronically, or by any other means before, during, or after a quiz, test, or in-class assignment to another student


  • Receiving answers orally, visually, electronically or by any other means before, during, or after a quiz, test, or in-class assignment from another student


  • Plagiarism – submitting as yours, a work that in actuality was either fully or partially produced by another source including individuals, Internet, books or any verbal/or printed word. When using the works of others in writing, students must credit/cite the source according to their teacher’s instructions; if needed, seek clarity from that subject’s teacher before submitting an assignment on how to properly give credit to the source of information


  • Obtaining tests or quiz questions and/or answers in advance through any unauthorized means. The person who provides access to these is also guilty of cheating; if in doubt students should clarify authorized means of collaboration and research for assignments


  • Having another student’s homework, test, quiz, or work without permission from the teacher of that subject


  • Altering or filling in answers during the grading process to make an item correct is cheating whether it is done on their own work or on someone else’s


Consequences of Cheating


Consequences may include a zero on the assignment, respectful reconciliation with the teacher, and consequences in the range of detention, suspension, and/or expulsion.



“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”  C. S. Lewis


“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”    Philippians 4:8

Updated July 2016