School Committee members Kathleen Kelly and Patty Nolan

School Committee members Kathleen Kelly and Patty Nolan at an October 2013 forum. (Photo: Marc Levy)

From Kathleen M. Kelly and Patricia Nolan, School Committee members, on May 11: We, as members of Cambridge School Committee, believe academic integrity is the bedrock foundation for all public school districts. We expect all members of the Cambridge Public Schools to be held to high standards. Cambridge Public School policy holds our students to high standards of academic integrity and states clear consequences when these standards are not met. We expect the same for CPS staff.

LetterWe recognize that any specific instance of not meeting high standards of academic integrity on the part of staff is a personnel issue and therefore any review and/or consequence would be a private matter, per fair labor standards. As the policy-making body for the Cambridge Public Schools,  our role with respect to academic integrity policies is to establish them and ensure that they are followed. We also have a role as leaders to publicly remind our district staff that we expect the highest standards of academic integrity to be upheld by all staff and contractors, and when these standards are not met that appropriate consequences will be applied.