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Policies and Procedures

Student Expectations in the Library Learning Commons

  • Respect the rights of others to work effectively.
  • Computer games, food, drink (other than bottled water), and littering are not permitted.
  • Appropriate language only!
  • Show care when using all library resources.
  • Please return your books/materials on time.
  • Print only what you really need. Do not waste our limited paper resources.

Plagiarism /Academic Honesty Overview

PLAGIARISM results when you use the words and/or ideas of an author as if they were your own.  When you borrow someone else's words and ideas without giving proper credit, you are being dishonest.  Plagiarism includes:

  • Turning in another person's paper as your own work.
  • Using another person's ideas without giving proper credit.
  • Copying an article from a book, journal, magazine, or electronic source and turning it in as your own. This includes pictures, graphs, charts, tables, cartoons, etc.
  • Using parts or part of an article from a book, magazine, journal, or electronic source without documentation to identify the original source.
  • Using any direct quotation(s) without citing the original source.


Any plagiarism, intentional or not, casts doubt on the honesty of all your statements.

All work submitted by students should be a true reflection of their effort and ability. If submitted work is not, then the student has manifested unacceptable academic behavior.  Plagiarism is considered cheating and disciplinary action may result (see 2014-15 Handbook, ACADEMIC HONESTY/PLAGIARISM, p. 41.)

Student Guidelines for Ethical Behavior

Technology has dramatically changed the manner in which we all share ideas and information. Students now have extraordinary access to information in all its forms--text, images, sound, and video. This new access, combined with the new ease with which people can publish and broadcast, has added to the complexity of copyright issues.

At Weston we are concerned, and guide our students to behave responsibly in an electronic environment. We expect students to respect the integrity of intellectual property.


Multimedia Projects 

In creating academic multimedia products, students may use the "lawfully acquired copyrighted" works of others with proper credit and citations. They may perform and display their own educational multimedia projects in the course for which they were created. They may also retain them as examples of their academic work for later personal uses such as job and college interviews.

The rule of thumb for multimedia projects is to "be conservative." Use only small amounts of the works of others. Do not make any unnecessary copies--no more than two "use copies" and one additional back-up copy. (If a group created the project, each major contributor may make his or her own copy but only for the purpose for which the project was originally created.)

Crediting Sources

Students should credit all sources of copyrighted information with proper bibliographic citations, including author, title, publisher, and place and date of publication, URL, etc. This bibliographic information may be combined and shown in a (teacher determined) separate section of the project, for instance, a hard copy "Works Cited" or "Reference page", or a slide at end of presentation.

If students will later use their multimedia project in another way, for example distribution on the Web, they must take steps to obtain permissions for all copyrighted portions. This should be done while the project is being developed rather than waiting until the project is completed.

Portions Used

There are very specific guidelines limiting the portions of copyrighted works students are allowed to use in a multimedia project. Portion use varies according to information format:


  • Up to 10% or 1000 words, whichever is less, of a copyrighted work
  • Poems: The entire poem if less than 250 words - 250 words or less if using a longer poem
  • No more than 5 poems (or excerpts) of different poets, from an anthology
  • No more than 3 poems (or excerpts) by one poet

Music or Lyrics
  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted musical composition, but no more than 30 seconds from an individual musical work
  • Any alterations cannot change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work

  • A photograph or illustration may be used in its entirety
  • No more than 5 images by an artist or photographer
  • No more than 10% or no more than 15 images of a collective work

Motion Media
  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 3 minutes, whichever is less
  • Numerical Data Sets
  • Up to 10% or 2500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table

Internet (use in multimedia projects)

Care should be used in downloading material from Internet sites for use in multimedia presentations. Students should be aware that some copyrighted works have been posted to the Internet without authorization of the copyright holder. See the description of the Creative Commons on the main web page.

Integrity of the copyrighted work: alterations

Educators and students may make alterations in the portions of the copyrighted works used in an academic multimedia project only if the alterations support specific instructional objectives. All alterations must be noted.

Permission is required:
  • For multimedia projects used for non-educational or commercial purposes
  • For duplication or distribution of multimedia projects beyond limitations outlined above (posting on the Web, for example)
  • When distributing the project over an electronic network


Valenza, Joyce Kasman. "Student Guidelines for Multimedia and Web

        Communication." Springfield Township High School Virtual

        Library. N.p., 2 Feb. 2009. Web. 25 Nov. 2009.     Acceptable Use Regulations for the Internet: Weston High School







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