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    Winston Churchill Middle School

    An International Baccalaureate School

    Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures

     

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    Introduction

    Winston Churchill Middle School’s academic honesty policy is based on the IB Learner Profile. We believe that IB students must strive to be principled: “act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice…[and] take responsibility for [their] actions and their consequences.”

    The purpose of an academic honesty policy is to promote the development of the skills and knowledge needed to be academically honest.  It also serves to support students, staff, and parents in creating a learning community where academic honesty is taught, expected and practiced.

    Academic Honesty

    Academic honesty means more than simply following rules; it means acting with integrity. Integrity means respecting the work of other people. This happens mostly through the proper citing of sources in written work and class discussion. Students need to understand and implement skills and knowledge that will allow them, as a matter of practice, to present only work that is authentically their own.

     

    Definitions

    Paraphrasing

    Put text in your own words

    Plagiarism

    The representation of the ideas or work of another person as your own

    ●      Copying what someone else has written without using quotation marks and appropriate citation is plagiarism

    ●      Using someone else’s ideas and putting them in your own words (paraphrasing) without using appropriate citation is plagiarism

    ●      Just as with printed materials, all internet sources must be cited as well

    Collaboration

    Working together on a common task

    ●      Copying another student’s work is not collaboration.

    Collusion

    Allowing someone to copy your work or copying someone else’s work and presenting it as your own.

    Duplication of

    work

    Submitting the same work to multiple classes

    Intellectual

    Property

    Material that results from the original, creative thought of a person, which

    includes forms of expression such as music, videos, photos

    Malpractice

    Any behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a student or that affects

    the results of another student. This includes forgery of any kind.

     

     

    Roles and Responsibilities:

     

    Administration  and/or MYP Coordinator

    • Work with the IB Educational Team to create and update annually the academic honesty policy
    • Maintain fairness and consistency
    • Provide guidance to department chairs in regards to professional development
    • Promote parent awareness

     

    Teachers

    • Teach and ensure students understand the consequences of academic dishonesty
    • Explicitly teach the required skills for academic honesty, such as paraphrasing, collaboration, collusion, and citations
    • Provide opportunities for students to practice and learn how to use other people’s work in support of their own
    • Focus on prevention and provide an opportunity to learn when mistakes are made

     

    Students

    • Take responsibility for submitting their own work
    • Follow individual teachers’ requirements for properly citing sources
    • Will not copy someone else’s work

      
    Families

    • Support this academic honesty policy and promote good practice in students
    • Encourage and support students to be principled learners.

     

    School’s Response to Academic Dishonesty:

     

    Depending on the severity of the action, the teacher may choose to handle the consequence individually.

     

    If the infraction is severe:

    1. The incident will be reported to the administration.
    2. The incident may be recorded in the student’s academic record.
    3. Parents/guardians may be contacted to arrange a meeting.
    4. Guidelines will be set for the student to complete the assignment (loss of academic credit or points may occur).

     

     

    Sources:

     

    Academic Honesty in the IB Educational Context, 2016

     

    MYP: From Principles into Practice, 2014

     

    Coordinator Support Material: Academic Honesty Policy Example 1, Academic Honesty Policy

     

    Example 2

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Winston Churchill Middle School

    International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

    Academic Honesty Agreement

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    • I understand that any work I submit for academic purposes must be my own original work.
    • I will properly cite sources when the ideas are not my own, and if I am unsure how to do this, I will ask for help.
    • I will not copy other students’ work; I will not allow other students to copy my work.

    I have read and understand that I must follow the school’s academic honesty policy.

    Student name: __________________________________________________________________________

    Student signature:________________________________________________Date: ___________________

    Parent/Guardian acknowledgement:

    I have read the school’s academic honesty policy. I have reviewed it with my child.

    Parent/Guardian name: ___________________________________________________________________

    Parent/Guardian signature: _________________________________________ Date: __________________

     

     

     

     

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