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Academic Integrity

ISB Academic Honesty Policy

 

Introduction

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”  Anna Quindlen

The Academic Honesty Policy is a guide for the entire ISB community to help students achieve success.  At times, learning seems effortless, but sometimes learning new concepts and skills takes more effort.  Principled IB learners maintain honesty and integrity in both circumstances.

 

Definitions

Plagiarism is taking credit for someone else’s words, work or ideas without giving them credit.

Collusion is letting someone copy from you or letting someone turn in your work as theirs.

Duplication of work is turning in the same assignment for two or more classes.

Misconduct during an assessment is copying someone’s answers, letting someone copy your work, looking up answers, bringing answers into the test room, or using tools/materials that the teacher has not approved. 

Confidentiality is not sharing assessment content, questions, or answers with students who have not yet taken the assessment. 

 

Expectations of stakeholders  

Students will . . .  

  • be honest and truthful
  • be focused on learning rather than on grades
  • ask for help from teachers when confused
  • cite sources always
  • differentiate between your work and your source’s ideas
  • use time-management and self-management strategies to get best work in on time
  • report incidents of academic misconduct by self and others
  • read, understand, and sign the Academic Honesty Contract annually

 Teachers will . . .

  • communicate clear expectations for each assignment
  • teach proper subject-specific citation style
  • provide opportunities for students to practice in quoting, paraphrasing, and citing
  • teach and provide opportunities to practice subject-specific collaboration skills
  • teach and provide opportunities for students to practice evaluating subject-specific sources
  • design assessments that require critical thinking and the articulation of thinking
  • model academic integrity
  • refer all incidents of academic dishonesty to school administration

  The school will …

  • provide an academic honesty policy
  • ensure the ISB community is aware of and understands the Academic Honesty Policy
  • ensure that within a subject, a consistent citation style is taught and practiced
  • provide fair and just consequences for academic dishonesty
  • ensure the Academic Honesty Policy is reviewed annually with stakeholders
  • regard all incidents of academic honesty as serious

Parent/guardians will …

  • recognize that the learning process is as important as grades
  • encourage time-management and self-management strategies to manage short-term and long-term assignments, projects, and assessments
  • model academic integrity, including encouraging students to do their own work in an independent manner
  • read, understand, and sign the Academic Honesty Contract annually

Consequences

If lack of academic honesty is suspected, students might be asked to defend or verify their work as their own in one of the following ways:

  • present notes, drafts, or works cited
  • produce an on-demand work sample
  • present an oral defense of work in question

If lack of academic honesty is determined, one or more of the following penalties will result:

  • the assignment/paper/test might not be considered for inclusion in the student’s portfolio of work
  • the student might be asked to resubmit the assignment/paper/test at the discretion of the teacher
  • parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted and informed of the occurrence of plagiarism and the resulting penalty
  • a Discipline Referral will be filed indicating the occurrence of plagiarism and the resulting penalty. Multiple referrals for plagiarism may result in a meeting between parent(s)/guardian(s) and teacher, counselor, and/or administrator
  • a second occurrence of plagiarism within a course may result in a failing grade for the semester
  • plagiarism may be noted in a college recommendation
  • if the student is a member of the National Honor Society, the NHS advisor will be notified

For DP formal assessments (External Assessments and Internal Assessments), the IBO’s policies will apply.  These are available on the DP page of the ISB website.

 

Works Cited

“Academic Integrity”.  Sunset High School, Beaverton, OR. April 14, 2014. Web.

Carroll, Jude.  “Academic Honesty in the IB.”  International Baccalaureate Organization, October 2012. Print.

The following people formed the 2014 Academic Honesty Policy Committee:
Jill O’Neill, Principal 
Amy Schuff, DP Coordinator
Kristin Hayward, MYP Coordinator                        
Jeremy Welburn, Math Teacher                             
David Ruff, English A Teacher
Shawn Swick, Counselor                              

May 2014