Academic Integrity Code

Purpose
Academic integrity includes diligence, honesty, and caring for the school community.  It maintains a sense of fairness and harmony, and it helps maximize learning, and the development of responsible citizens.

Credit received for school work should accurately measure a student’s own effort and learning.  Thus, unless specifically stated otherwise, students are to do their own work — whether class work, homework, projects, exams, or other work.

Dishonesty is a form of lying, even of stealing.  It threatens the integrity not only of individual students, but of the school as a whole, and even the society.

There are several kinds of violations.  They may overlap to some degree.  A few are described below — but this list is not and cannot be exhaustive.

Assisting or contributing to academic dishonesty
Students shall not help or attempt to help others violate the Academic Integrity Code.  Violations of this principle should result in both students being penalized equally.

An example would be letting a classmate see one’s exam paper or homework, so the classmate could copy and submit it as his own.

Unsanctioned collaboration
Students shall rely on their own mastery of a subject.  They should not attempt to receive help from anyone during exams, tests, quizzes, projects, class work, and homework  unless explicitly approved by the teacher. Failure to do this is commonly called cheating.

An example would be having a parent or classmate do part of one’s homework, or looking at a classmate’s paper during an exam.

Plagiarism
Students shall not submit someone else’s words, ideas, data, or arguments as their own, without clearly acknowledging the source and extent of the reliance or use.

An example of plagiarism is copying expressions from published work and claiming them to be one’s own.  Or receiving praise for a creative idea without acknowledging that the idea came from someone else.

Free riding, when a member of a team
Many courses involve team projects and permitted collaboration.  The expectation is that all members of a team will try to contribute what they can, and not receive credit when they did not try to contribute their fair share of work.  Violation of this principle is considered ‘free riding’ and is a form of academic dishonesty.

An example is failure to offer to do one’s share of a project.  Or failing to do a fair share of the project assigned by the teacher or by a teammate.

Fabrication
Students shall not falsify, invent, or mislead with information, data, or citations in any assignment. Doing so is considered fabrication.

An example would be inventing data and claiming it to be one’s own findings.

Dishonesty in accounting for one’s actions
Students — like all members of the school community — are expected to be truthful in speech or any other account of their actions or perceptions.

An example of such a violation is claiming to have been ‘on task’ during class, when one knows one was not on task, or claiming to have been absent due to sickness, when sickness was not the cause.

Material dishonesty
Students are expected to treat materials with care.  Stealing, damaging, or misusing school equipment, are violations of academic integrity.

An example is failure to return or pay for a textbook the school has lent.  Or using a school computer for other than academic purposes.

For violations of the Academic Integrity Code, there are at least two levels of penalty that may be applied.

Course Penalties
Course penalties will be determined by the teacher on a case by case basis. Typically, a student who violates the Academic Integrity Code will receive no credit for the work in question, and with no opportunity to re-do the work.

School Penalties
Students who violate the Academic Integrity Code may be referred to the Dean to render an additional penalty.  For example, a student whose violation caused failure of a course might become ineligible for any Credit Recovery privilege, or ineligible for some extra-curricular activity.

Appeal
Students or parents who feel a penalty is unjust may appeal it through normal school procedures.  Remember however that strict maintenance of the Academic Integrity Code  helps us all, in the long run — even those who have committed a violation.

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