Academic Honesty Policy

Purpose
Summit Ridge Middle School places a high level of importance on academic honesty. The Academic honesty policy developed is consistent with standards and practices of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This document serves as an overview of Summit Ridge Middle School’s expectations and practices in regards to academic honesty.

Philosophy
Summit Ridge Middle School engages the hearts and minds of students in educational experiences to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring citizens who help contribute to a more peaceful and global society through intercultural understanding and respect.

Academic Honesty at Summit Ridge is a cornerstone in achieving our mission in providing a set of values, skills, and experiences that promote personal integrity and good practices for learning, assessment and teaching.

Inquiring, Knowledgable, and Caring Citizens
Academic challenges and tasks will be given at Summit Ridge Middle School. All academic tasks will be accomplished honestly to ensure that the work is the students’ own and proper credit is given to sources used. Principled students act with honesty, fairness, justice, and with good moral character to uphold the Academic Honesty Policy which is the foundation of lifelong learners. They respect the intellectual property of others by completing their own work and giving credit where it’s due. Students will take responsibility for their academic actions and the consequences of those actions, even if the offense is unintentional. If questions remain, students are encouraged to be inquirers; self- advocates who ask questions and seek answers regarding academic honesty concerns.

Academic Honesty
Academic Honesty is defined as a set of intrinsic values and skills that promote the learner profile trait of principled. It is a school wide value system that involves integrity, fidelity in teaching, learning and assessment. It is the responsibility of administration, teachers, learners and stakeholders to share responsibility for insuring that academic honesty is supported, integrated, and consistent school wide.

International Baccalaureate defines academic misconduct as “behavior that results in, or may result in, the student or any other student gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment components.” This includes the following:

Cheating and Accomplice to Cheating
Cheating is defined as a behavior that results in a student making a deliberate choice to gain an unfair advantage. An accomplice to cheating is someone who makes a deliberate choice to help another individual cheat. Cheating includes but is not limited to:

  • Copying another students’ work (with or without his/her knowledge)
  • Copying assessment tasks
  • Engaging in Forgery
  • Using unauthorized notes or other study aids during an assessment
  • Communicating or using any electronic device inappropriately
  • Communicating/cheating during an assessment
  • Submitting work that as his/her own that has been copied

Collusion
A behavior that helps another student cheat.

  • Taking an online assessment for another student
  • Giving intellectual property (their own or others) to a student with intent to cheat
  • Forging documents for another student
  • Helping copy documents for another student
  • Providing unauthorized notes to another student during an assessment
  • Discussing/providing information about a quiz or test with students who have not completed the assessment
  • Inappropriate use of programmable watches, smart phones, wearable technology and other computer, and electronic devices
  • Failing to follow teacher guidelines regarding collaboration on assignments or projects; completing all work independently unless expressly instructed otherwise

Authentic Authorship
Authentic authorship is defined as a students’ piece of work based on his/her individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged. It is important that students use resources that support their ideas, but must also cite the source. If Summit Ridge students want to use the ideas of others in their work, they are expected to site them appropriately, using Modern Language Association (MLA) format.

Collaboration
Collaboration is a skill that is needed in a global society. The Summit Ridge Middle School learning community desires that all of our students learn to collaborate ethically on intellectual projects, tasks and learning experience. Students must understand the difference between honest collaboration and dishonest collaboration. Collaboration is defined as cooperative work with other students on intellectual tasks. Students are assigned individual responsibilities to create interdependence and group accountability. Students are not allowed to collaborate unless the teacher assigned a collaborative task or has approved a student requests for collaboration. Any behavior during collaboration that falls under the definition of cheating or accomplice to cheating will be handled as such.

Duplication
Duplication is defined as the student turning in the same work for a different assessment task or different subject areas. Students must produce new work (meeting the requirements of authentic authorship) for each assessment task assigned in every class throughout their academic careers.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is defined as the ideas or work of another person, including professionals and students.

Paraphrasing
Paraphrasing is defined as using different words to restate a person’s ideas. Paraphrasing is an acceptable way to use sources by changing the sentence structure, style and vocabulary from the original author. Paraphrasing is still using the ideas of another person so the source must be acknowledged through citations using MLA format.

Malpractice
Plagiarism, cheating, collusion, and duplication are all forms of malpractice and an act of academic dishonesty.

Plagiarism
The act of using words, ideas or products which belong to another person or source, without giving credit to the source from which it was taken. Plagiarism can occur when a person tries to represent another person’s work as his/her own in order to obtain some benefit, credit or gain. Plagiarism can occur unintentionally if a person does not acknowledge the work of others that helped him/her complete assessment task.
MYP classes at Summit Ridge Middle will use MLA citation format for all subject areas. Listed below are websites to assist with MLA citation and formatting.
1. Citation Machine www.citationmachine.net
2. Easy Bib
3. Bibme www.bibme.org

Roles of Stakeholders
It is a collaborative effort at Summit Ridge Middle School with shared responsibilities in upholding the Academic Honesty Policies with integrity.

Student Responsibilities

The student needs to produce and submit work that is their own. If they use others’ ideas the information must be properly cited. It is the student’s responsibility to ask for assistance if they are uncertain about how to acknowledge sources. Learners are responsible for understanding the academic policy and to ask clarifying questions at any time, if needed.

Families Responsibilities

Families are expected to support Summit Ridge Middle Schools Academic Honesty Policy. It is essential that Parents/Guardians review the policy with their student, sign the contract acknowledging you have reviewed the policy, and attend requested meetings to discuss the academic honesty of their students.
Families can also encourage academic honesty by helping their students understand the expectations related to authentic authorship, thereby preventing malpractice.

Teachers Responsibilities
ALL subject areas have an obligation to instruct learners in the proper ways of producing authentic work, citing sources if they use others’ ideas. Each teacher is responsible in helping students gain the skills necessary to complete a summative assessment task. Needed skills may include, but not limited to:

  • How to conduct research
  • Working collaboratively with peers
  • Acknowledging sources through citations
  • How to write a document fulfilling the expectations of authentic authorship
  • Establishing timelines so the work can be proof read, edited, and sources cited prior to final assessment deadlines

The skills needed to be successful can be promoted in various ways, including but not limited to the following:

  • Direct instruction of various research steps and the process of citing sources
  • Assessment explanations including preferred citations formats (MLA)
  • Informal reminders
  • List of helpful resources that can add students including websites, posters in room that can aid students in creating an accurate and consistent document

The educator’s role also includes helping learners fully comprehend the academic honesty policies and consequences. These responsibilities are to be continually reinforced throughout the school year. Teachers must follow the detection and investigation policies to make sure consistent enforcement of policies are followed. Teachers need to up hold the policies and report incidents to administration.

Detection and Investigating Violations
Since teachers are responsible for administering their own assessments, they are also responsible for detecting and reporting incidents of academic dishonesty. When academic dishonesty is suspected by the teacher, he/she should report incidents to an administrator with adequate evidence of malpractice.
1. The teacher will investigate the suspected infraction and write a detailed referral with adequate evidence of malpractice that will be sent to Administration.
2. Administration will send the student with a referral to the counselor for the FIRST OFFENSE and the appropriate steps will be taken. If it is a second or more serious offense, appropriate consequences will be followed according to the Academic honesty policy “consequences” section.
3. The IB coordinator/Administration team will contact parents and legal guardians to inform them of academic dishonesty, and consequences.

Consequences
FIRST OFFENSE:

The first offense of Academic Dishonesty is used as a teachable moment for the student. The student will be required to meet with his/her counselor and the offense will be recorded. In the meeting, expectations regarding academic honesty will be reviewed with the student.

  • Understands what constitutes an authentic piece of work, intellectual property, and academic honesty.
  • Is given information on how to cite work, websites available for proper formatting, and access/after school times available for additional help with teachers.
  • Consequences of being found guilty of academic dishonesty.
  • Contact with parents to inform them that warning was given for academic dishonesty and consequences for any subsequent violations.
  • The Administration/IB coordinator is notified and must inform the student that he/she needs to complete an alternate assignment to demonstrate their understanding of the material. It is the teachers sole discretion how much partial credit is given for the alternate assignment. Partial credit must be given for the alternate assignment.
  • Student is given detention by administration until alternate assignment is completed and turned into the teacher.
  • The Administration/IB coordinator must notify parent/guardian of alternate assignment as well as details of completion date, and future consequences if academic honesty policy is not up held by the student in future works.

SECOND OFFENSE:

  • The student is given a referral to administration with supporting documentation of academic dishonesty from staff. Student will be given an alternate assignment to support understanding of material. No credit will be given for the assignment but it MUST be completed. Student will be given an out of school suspension 1-3 days and are expected to complete the alternate assignment at this time.
  • Parents are notified and must have a re-entry meeting with administration, teachers, and IB coordinator for re- entry into programme.

If additional Academic Honesty offenses are incurred students will receive no credit for work and out of school suspensions can vary from 1-5 days after completion of hearing with administration, IB coordinator, and teacher.

Bibliography
International Baccalaureate Organization. Academic Honesty. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organization, 2011
International Baccalaureate Organization. MYP: From Principles into Practice. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organization, 2014/2015
International Baccalaureate Organization. Programme Standards and Practices. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organization, January 2014
NorCross IB Cluster, Academic Policy.
Franklin Academy, Academic Policy. 2015
Prairie Seeds Academy, Academic Policy. 2015
“ The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Generator.” Easybib. N.p, n.d. Web. Sept. 2013

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