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Academic Honesty Policy

I. Background

Academic Honesty promotes personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. Academic honesty shall be expected of all students and teachers should be role models of this trait. Academic honesty is supported by the IB Learner Profile traits :

II. General Statement of Policy
The school places a high value on academic honesty. The school shall establish procedures to communicate expectations of academic honesty and prevention of malpractice, including plagiarism, cheating, and collusion. The school shall establish consequences for academic malpractice, including reporting instances to the International Baccalaureate organization when appropriate.

III. Definitions
A. Academic Honesty is a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and     
good practice in the following:
• teaching,
• learning and
• assessment.

This is further defined as respect for the intellectual property of others and submission of only authentic pieces of work with the ideas of others fully acknowledged.

B. Malpractice is behaviour that results in a student gaining an unfair advantage over
others. Malpractice includes:
• plagiarism,
• collusion,
• duplication of work for multiple assessments,
• fabrication of data,
• accessing unauthorized material during an examination or
• any other behaviour that results in an unfair advantage or affects the score of another student.

C. Intellectual Property includes different forms of property rights, such as 
• patents, 
• registered designs, 
• trademarks, 
• moral rights and copyright. 

Forms of intellectual and creative expression must be respected and are protected by law. 

D. Plagiarism is the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the 
student’s own, including copying text or works of art without proper 

E. Citation is defined as “a written reference to a specific work or portion of a work. 
APA (American Psychological Association) will be used. Examples of common 
citation formats in APA Style 

• Books 
Rollin, B. E. (2006).Science and ethics. New York, NY: Cambridge 
University Press.

• Articles from Print Periodicals (magazines, journals, and newspapers) 
Swedin, E. G. (2006, May/June). Designing babies: A eugenics
race with China? The Futurist, 40, 18-21. 

• Web Sites 
Kraizer, S. (2005).Safe child. Retrieved February 29, 2008, from 

F. Collusion is defined as supporting malpractice by another student, including 
allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted by another. 

IV. Role of School 

It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that students understand academic honesty, receive guidance on academic writing and research, and know the consequences of malpractice. The school shall also fully support the IB in the prevention, detection and investigation of malpractice in the MYP Programme. 

V. Role of Teachers 

A. Prevention 
Teachers shall provide candidates with a convention for acknowledging all sources with an organized and consistent approach across subjects. Teachers shall provide guidance to students on proper ways to express the work and ideas of others and warn students of the consequences of academic dishonesty

B. Detection and Reporting 
It is the responsibility of the teacher to :
• confirm that, to the best of his or her knowledge, all work accepted is the authentic work of each student. 
• make use of online services that prevent plagiarism. 
• follow the guidelines of the IB when authenticating the work of candidates and 
report suspicions of malpractice to the coordinator. 

C. Support of Policy 
Teachers shall support and act on the school policy. Teachers shall model good academic practice by practicing appropriate citation of sources in lectures and class presentations. In addition, improper conduct by staff during IB examinations (internal or external) shall be brought to the attention of the IB. 

VI. Role of Students 
The student is responsible for ensuring that 
• all work submitted is authentic, with the work and ideas of others fully and correctly acknowledged. 
• they provide their signature on all work submitted to the International Baccalaureate for assessment to confirm that the work is authentic. 

VII. Communication of Policy 
This policy shall be available to students, parents and staff on a school website. 

VIII. Consequences of Malpractice 
Consequences for academic dishonesty 
• are addressed in the school’s discipline policy and 
• shall be handled accordingly by the MYP coordinator.