Ethics and Code of Conduct

Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own, forgery of approval signatures and fabrication or falsification of data or approval dates will not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs.

Student Code Of Ethics And Conduct

  • I will be positive about my science experience and accept responsibility for my participation.
  • I will encourage sportsmanship from fellow scientists, coaches, officials, and parents at every event by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
  • I will do my very best to listen and learn from the judges and scientists.
  • I will treat my advisor, other participants, officials, and visitors with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability. I will expect to be treated accordingly.
  • I deserve to enjoy the event and will alert parents or advisors accordingly.
  • I deserve to compete in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and expect adults to refrain from their use at all science events.
  • I will expect to receive a fair treatment.
  • I will abide by all decisions made by judges and understand that all decisions made by judges are final.
  • I will observe the student curfew indicated in the program booklet.
  • In the event that I wish to file a formal complaint about something which has happened at the competition, I will follow official MAS complaint procedures.

Parent And Advisor Code Of Ethics And Conduct

  • I will provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my student(s) participating in the competition.
  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all competitors, judges, teachers, mentors, and officials at the event.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my student(s) ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • I will do my best to provide a safe environment for my student(s).
  • I will lead by example in demonstrating a healthy attitude about the event’s competition level.
  • I will remember that I am a parent or advisor and that the competition is for the students.
  • I will ask my student(s) to treat competitors, advisors, and staff with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
  • I promise to help my student(s) enjoy the science experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectful visitor.
  • I will be knowledgeable about the MAS and National JSHS rules and will convey these rules to my students.
  • I will abide by all decisions made by judges and understand that all decisions made by judges are final.
  • I will ensure that my student(s) observe the curfew indicated in the program booklet.
  • In the event that I wish to file a formal complaint about something which has happened at the competition, I will follow official MAS complaint procedures.