High School Academic Honesty and Boot Camp

August 18, 2017-- One change we have made within the High School this year is the introduction of an academic boot camp. Each day in advisory during this first full week all HS students are being exposed to our key expectations in regards to academic honesty, as well as referencing. Further, they are being instructed in terms of best practices. To this end, MLA referencing has been adopted as the school’s house referencing style and we are ensuring that each student knows how to use this.

Importantly, High School boot camp also includes taking students through our Academic Honesty Policy. It has been updated this year to ensure we are aligned with the expectations of the IB Program, as well as to ensure we are well aligned with the expectations students will face when they enter university. Please see the complete Academic Honesty Policy below.

If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.

-Lorne Bird, Secondary School Principal

ISD High School Academic Honesty Policy

ISD offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program which expects its accredited schools, their teachers and their students to uphold the values of academic honesty as given by the IB through the prevention and detection of malpractice.

According to the IB, students need to understand the concept of academic honesty such that the work they produce is authentic with “an authentic piece of work [being] one that is based on the candidate’s individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged” (IB, 2003).

The Regulations in the IB define malpractice as “behavior that results in, or may result in, the candidate or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment component” (IB, 2003). Malpractice includes, but may not be limited to, the following:

  1. Plagiarism: the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own.

  2. Collusion: supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another.

  3. Duplication of work: the presentation of the same work for different (or multiple) assessment components and/or diploma requirements.

  4. Any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate.

As a school we are committed to a culture which accepts nothing less than academic honesty. We therefore provide have clear and stringent guidelines in regards to academic honesty policy. A breach of these guidelines impacts both the academic integrity of the individual and that of the school; therefore, the school is committed to making academic honesty and the adherence to these guidelines vitally important.

Avoiding malpractice is a responsibility that is shared by both teachers and students. Teachers must promote and advocate academic honesty through the explicit instruction of appropriate research and citation skills. In addition, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that the work they produce is authentic. Students and parents must be aware of the rights and responsibilities, as well as the possible disciplinary consequences, of failing to comply with this policy.

ISD has paid for the services of Turnitin.com to assist teachers in the detection of malpractice. Turnitin.com is a plagiarism prevention system that allows teachers to submit electronic copies of assignments. As part of this program, each assignment is compared with billions of pages of the internet. Teachers then receive a report for each individual assignment that highlights the original written work with the original source.  Teacher Responsibilities

At the beginning of each academic year teachers will discuss the Academic Honesty Policy and provide/explain examples of plagiarism. The policy will also be available in the student handbook. This policy applies to all student work. To help prevent malpractice teachers are expected to:

  1. Supervise the development of assignments and provide advice to students. This may be done by observing rough notes and plans, and/or submission of a ‘draft’ prior to a final due date.

  2. Set a deadline that is sufficiently early to allow for detection of major malpractice.

  3. Request, with teacher discretion, that all written assignments be submitted both electronically to turnitin.com and in a hard copy to the teacher.

  4. Confirm that the work submitted by the students is authentic at the next class meeting. This may be prior to actually grading assignments.

  5. Ensure that any additions or changes to work already submitted are re-submitted to turnitin.com.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Uphold the academic integrity and the quality of scholarship through the submission of work that is authentic.

  2. Keep rough notes and submit these in a timely manner, if requested by the teacher.

  3. Actively work on assignments when class time is given for such.

  4. Submit drafts of written assignments when teachers request to do so.

  5. Submit final copies of written assignment to turnitin.com and hard copy formats. 

  6. Ensure that amended work is re-submitted to turnitin.com

  7. Fully and correctly acknowledge the work of others in a works cited and/or bibliography.

Student Violations

Upon investigation, including discussion with the student, if it has been found that a student has violated the academic honesty policy the following consequences will apply:

Grades 6 – 8

1st Documented Offence:

  • Student must redo the assignment.

  • Meeting with teacher and Team Leader

2nd Documented Offence:

  • Students must redo the assignment.

  • Meeting with Principal

  • Letter to parents, included in the student file.

3rd Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must complete the assignment again. 

  • Parent conference.

  • Student suspended from school for one day.

  • Letter to parents, included in the student file.

  • Student placed on Behavioral Probation

Grades 9 & 10

1st Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must complete the assignment again. 

  • Letter to parents

  • Documented in the student’s file.

2nd Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must complete the assignment again. 

  • Letter to parents, included in the student’s file.

  • Internal suspension from school.

3rd Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must re-do the assignment. 

  • Parent conference.

  • External suspension from school. 

  • Student may lose eligibility to enter the Diploma Program.

  • Student placed on Behavioral Probation

Grades 11 & 12

1st Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must complete the assignment again. 

  • Letter to parents, included in the student’s file.

2nd Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must complete the assignment again. 

  • Parent conference.

  • Suspension from school.

  • Colleges may be notified by the college counselor. 

  • Student placed on probation with respect to IBDP candidate registration.

3rd Documented Offence:

  • No credit for the assignment; students must complete the assignment again. 

  • Parent conference.

  • Colleges notified by the college counselor. 

  • Extended suspension from school / possible recommendation of expulsion.

  • Student withdrawn from the Diploma Program.

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