I. Background

Academic Honesty Policy

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 several of the IB Learner Profile traits, which encourages students to be:

A. Communicators: Expressing ideas and information confidently
B. Principled: Acting with integrity and honesty, taking responsibility of their own

C. Caring: Having respect for the needs and feelings of others
D. Knowledgeable: Acquiring knowledge and developing understanding

Guidance for this policy and definitions of terms come from the 2014 IBO publication of Academic Honesty Policy (MYP : From Principles into Practice)

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 acknowledgement.

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 http://www.safechild.org.

    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.