Policy on Academic Honesty

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY:

Academic dishonesty is a serious offence. Students are expected to submit their own original work. One form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism is usually defined as presenting someone else’s words and ideas as one’s own. It can take many forms, including the following:

  • submitting work written by someone else (Eg. buying an essay online, downloading an essay from a free website, having someone else complete the work, copying or using work done by another student (including homework)
  • piecing together material from one or several sources and adding only linking sentences
  • quoting or paraphrasing materials without citing the source of that material, including printed materials, electronic media and internet sources
  • failing to provide quotation marks for direct quotations – even if the sources have been cited

Suspected incidents of plagiarism will be addressed by the classroom teacher in consultation with the student, parents/guardians and the VPO. If plagiarism has occurred, a mark of zero will be assigned. This consequence will also apply to any students who knowingly allowed their work to be copied. Repeated incidents of plagiarism may result in greater consequences.

Students are expected to write their own in-class evaluations. Suspected incidents of cheating will be addressed by the classroom teacher in consultation with the student, parents/guardians and the VPO. If cheating has occurred, a mark of zero will be assigned. This consequence will also apply to any students who allowed their work to be copied during an evaluation.

In all cases of plagiarism and/or cheating, parents/guardians will be contacted.