POLICIES & SUPPORT

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While each student-athlete is ultimately responsible for his or her own academic work, KMS is committed to providing each student with the support he or she needs to succeed. That support comes from a team of people—parents, teachers both at KMS and at the student's sending school, coaches and KMS administrators—who guide and assist each student-athlete.

 

Effective communication within that team, including the student-athlete, provides for a clear, mutual understanding of academic expectations and policies at the beginning of the program. Continued frequent and effective communication throughout the year keeps everyone aware of the student's success and adjustments to the program to meet the student's needs.

 

Expectations

Attendance Policy
Students are required to attend all classes. Unexcused absences will result in academic consequences such as lower grades and possible disciplinary action, which may include removal from training sessions and/or competition, suspension or expulsion. When a student is absent, the student has the responsibility to complete all academic work, as if he or she had been in class, to make up the material that was covered in class, and to seek extra help outside of scheduled class times if he or she needs it. It is the student’s responsibility to be up to date with his or her studies and to seek additional tutorial assistance when needed.

 

Student Travel
If a student-athlete will miss classes as a result of athletic commitments, including competition, training, and travel, that student must discuss the absence with his or her teachers prior to missing any classes.  In situations where a student-athlete qualifies for a competition at the last minute, this communication may be via email; in all other cases, the student-athlete is expected to notify his or her teachers at least three class days in advance of the scheduled absence.

 

Academic Notice and Probation
A student with an average of 73% or below in any class will be placed on “Academic Notice.” The teacher will immediately request a meeting by notifying the Student Support Team, the student-athlete’s parents and the coach. The outcome of the meeting will be to set a plan for the student to improve his or her grade average up. If this plan is not successful or the student doesn’t show any effort to follow the plan, then the student-athlete will be placed on “Academic Probation.” While on Academic Probation the student-athlete will not be allowed to train or compete until all work has been made up and the student is performing at an appropriate level in all courses.

 

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is a fundamental principle of teaching, learning, and scholarship. It means honest and responsible behavior in an academic setting that ensures the work done is one’s own and the work of others is properly recognized and documented. It also means a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of academic falsification, misrepresentation, or deception. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsifying, misrepresenting, or fabricating information and/or sources are the academic integrity violations most likely to occur. In accordance with the Killington Mountain School mission statement and our belief in the academic, social, and ethical well-being of our students, the following policy was developed in an effort to foster, teach, and encourage appropriate academic ethical behavior.

 

Definition of Academic Integrity Violations

  1. Cheating: An act or attempted act by which a student deceives, acts dishonestly, or misrepresents work that he or she has produced on an academic exercise or assists another to misrepresent his or her work.
    Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

    1. Copying from others during an examination;

    2. Collaborating on a test, quiz, homework assignment, or project with others without authorization;

    3. Using unauthorized materials to complete an exam or assignment;

    4. Using online resources such as websites or e-mail while completing an online exam without the permission of the teacher;

    5. Copying computer files from another person and representing the work as your own;

    6. Allowing others to do research or writing of an assignment; e.g.

    7. Using the services of a commercial term-paper company,

    8. Using the services of another person (family member, tutor, etc.) inappropriately, without acknowledgement

    9. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit in more than one course without consulting the second teacher.

    10. Fabrication: The use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings.

  2. Fabrication includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

    1. Citation of information not taken from the source indicated. This may include incorrect documentation of secondary source materials; e.g., using the bibliographic information from a source instead of going to the original source yourself;

    2. Submitting as your own any academic exercises prepared totally or in part by another.

  3. Plagiarism: The inclusion of another’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own work. This covers unpublished as well as published sources. 
    Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

    1. Quoting another person’s words, sentences, paragraphs, or entire work without acknowledgment of the source;

    2. Utilizing another person’s ideas, opinions, or theory without acknowledgment of the source;

    3. Using resources without documentation on a task that is to be completed without resources;

    4. Using computer translation services such as Google Translate to translate phrases, sentences or longer passages for a foreign language class—Google Translate and similar services should only be used to translate single words, and for that purpose only when no appropriate dictionary is available;

    5. Copying another student’s written test answer;

    6. Copying, or allowing another student to copy, a computer file that contains another student’s assignment, and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one’s own;

    7. Working together on an assignment, sharing the computer files and programs involved, and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one’s own individual work.

  4. Academic Misconduct: Any other academically dishonest acts or assistance to other students in the commission of these acts.
    Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

    1. Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an exam;

    2. Selling or giving away all or part of an exam, including answers; e.g., telling someone in the 10:30 a.m. exam period what was on your 8:00 a.m. class exam;

    3. Bribing another to obtain an exam;

    4. Copying and/or distributing an exam;

    5. Continuing to work on an exam or project after the specified allotted time has elapsed;

    6. Changing, altering, or being an accessory to the changing or altering of a grade on a test, assignment, or project;

    7. Logging on to an account (e.g. computer-related) without the knowledge or permission of the owner;

    8. Changing, deleting, and adding to the programs, files and data without authorization of the owner;

    9. Stealing program data and machine resources;

    10. Fabricating an excuse to obtain an extension on a deadline for a test, assignment or project.

 

Range of Consequences

  1. A grade reduction on the assignment in question.

  2. A grade of zero (0) for the assignment in question with no opportunity to make up for that work in any way, including extra credit work.

  3. If the severity of the situation merits it, the student shall be given a grade of F for the quarter of the course in which the plagiarism has occurred. An F may equal zero to 59 points.

  4. For any subsequent occurrence in any course at KMS the student shall immediately be dropped from the course and receive an F for a final grade.

 

Complaint-Resolution Process
When a teacher has reason to believe that cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or other academic misconduct has occurred, the following steps will be taken.

 

Teacher Action

  1. The teacher will inform the director of academics.

  2. The teacher will investigate the matter.

  3. The teacher and the director of academics will meet with the student and issue a consequence.

  4. The teacher and the director of academics will communicate their decision in writing to the student, the student’s parents, the director of academics and the appropriate sending-school faculty. The letter will be placed in the student’s KMS file.

 

Student Action

  1. The student may appeal any action to the KMS Disciplinary Team.

  2. The letter to the sending school will not be sent until the appeal is heard.

  3. The KMS Disciplinary Team will hear from the student, the teacher, the director of academics and anyone else necessary prior to making a decision.

  4. The KMS Disciplinary Team may uphold the original decision or make changes in the original decision.

  5. The decision of the KMS Disciplinary Team is final.

  6. The due process rights of students will always be ensured.

 

Grading

Report Cards

 

Report cards are issued quarterly. They are sent via email to the parents of our student-athletes. Report cards for development program and winter-term athletes are also sent to the sending-school guidance counselors.

Grading scale

Progress Reports

KMS faculty complete regular academic reports for all student-athletes. For winter-term and development students, reports are provided weekly; for full-term students, reports are biweekly.

 

Each progress report describes, quantitatively and qualitatively, the academic work done by that student. It lists materials, topics, tests taken, tests scheduled and work that has been completed, as well as notes the students' effort and preparedness. A link to this report is shared via email at the outset of the year to the sending-school teachers, school counselors or advisors, coaches, parents and students. Teachers update the reports by noon each Monday.

 

Parents and sending-school teachers are strongly encouraged to follow progress reports and to contact the teacher with any questions or concerns.

 

Over the course of the year we encourage and welcome our KMS parents to check in with their child's KMS teachers and coaches. We have set up several parent-teacher-coach conference dates. If some of our parents are unable to make the scheduled conferences, we are more than happy to schedule a different meeting time.

Conferences

 

Student Support Team

The Student Support Team provides ongoing programming and support for KMS student-athletes. The team meets weekly to discuss challenges faced by KMS student-athletes—including personal, academic and athletic challenges—and to identify forms of support that will help those students overcome the challenges they face. In addition, the student services coordinator is available for urgent needs at any time.

 

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