Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

All members of our school community must understand what constitutes academic honesty and academic malpractice. Teachers must train the students and more importantly, model academic honesty themselves. Academic honesty must be seen as a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessment. It is influenced and shaped by a variety of factors including peer pressure, culture, parental expectations, role modelling and taught skills.

An authentic piece of work is one that is based on the [student’s] individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged. Therefore, all assignments for assessment, regardless of their format, must wholly and authentically use that [student’s] own language, expression and ideas. Where the ideas or work of another person are represented within a [student’s] work, whether in the form of direct quotation or paraphrase, the source(s) of those ideas or the work must be fully and appropriately acknowledged. (from “Academic Honesty,” IBO, 2009)

  1. Plagiarism: offering the words or ideas of another person (in whole or part) as one’s own without proper acknowledgement

  2. Copying from another student or making information available to another student during a test or examination

  3. Communicating with another student during examinations

  4. Bringing into the classroom materials which are not permitted during the test or examination

  5. Stealing or leaking test or examination papers

  6. Fabricating or falsifying research data

  7. Submitting the same piece of work for more than one assignment

  8. Interfering in the academic work of another student, for example by stealing laboratory reports, computer files and library materials

  9. Altering school records or grades awarded by a teacher

  10. Impersonating another student

  1. Guide students about academic honesty and what constitutes plagiarism

  2. Train students about how to acknowledge or cite sources properly

  3. Train students about how to paraphrase and use their own words

  4. Teach students the difference between permissible collaboration and prohibited collusion

  5. Notice the writing styles of students to help detect plagiarism

  6. Question students about written work to determine whether the work is authentic

  7. Use a search engine to check if students‟ work is plagiarized

  8. Supervise students during tests or examinations

  9. Do not provide undue assistance to any student

  1. Ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to understand academic honesty and the school’s policies

  2. Do not copy and paste from internet sources; read, understand, paraphrase, and state the source

  3. Acknowledge all sources (e.g. books, websites, etc.) using any standard citation style when writing assignments

  4. As far as possible work independently with the support of the subject teacher

  5. When collaboration with other students is required or encouraged by teachers ensure that each member fulfills his role in the group

  6. When collaboration with other students is required or encouraged by teachers ensure that the final work is produced independently

  7. Do not submit the same piece of work for more than one assignment

  8. Listen to and follow all instructions given before a test or examination

  1. Academic malpractice is a red card offence. See discipline policy for specific procedures, which range from detention to expulsion.

  2. Plagiarized or dishonest work should not be given any marks. If time and the nature of the assessment permit, the teacher may allow the student to redo the work for half marks. In the case of tests and examinations, rewriting is not an option.
  1. Library Policy for citation convention

  2. Discipline Policy for consequences