Lincoln Middle School
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
Academic Honesty Policy
Academic Honesty Policy (MYP)
The MYP Program at Lincoln Middle School recognizes that academic honesty must be seen as a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. In the MYP, students are guided by the values of the IB learner. They have a responsibility to demonstrate honesty and integrity in their work. The overarching goal is to have student’s present their work in a principled manner.
Academic honesty means that students produce their own original and authentic work using their own words and phrases. All students are expected to demonstrate academic honesty in all the work they complete.
Students should be aware of the following forms of academic dishonesty that are unethical, which include cheating, collusion, and plagiarism.
Cheating and Collusion
Cheating is the use of unauthorized answers or sources to receive credit for schoolwork.
Collusion is sharing work with another person or with the use of an electronic device knowing they will turn it is as their own.
Cheating and collusion include but are not limited to:
· Allowing another student to copy their assignment that will be graded
· Giving answers to another person on a test or quiz
· Looking at another person’s test and submitting as one’s own
· Discussing test or quiz questions with students who have not yet taken it
· Knowingly assisting another student in the act of cheating
An act of using or closely imitating the language, thoughts, or work (i.e. art, music, etc.) of another author without authorization or crediting the original author. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
· Any representation of other’s work are your own
· Copying or copying and pasting from the internet or another document work that is not one’s own.
· Non-original work that is not cited and appropriately referenced
· Using online translators unless explicitly allowed
· Failure to identify the source of nonverbal work (i.e. painting, dance, photos, etc.)
Students should follow their teachers’ guidelines on the use of quotations, footnotes, and bibliographies to give credit to others’ work. They should ask their teacher or the librarian if they have questions about academic honesty.
Consequences of academic dishonesty
In the first instance:
· The teacher will discuss the work with the student, ensure the student is clear about what he/she has done wrong and how academic dishonesty can be avoided. The teacher may ask the student to do the work again, and it will be graded at the teacher’s discretion.
· The teacher will contact parents.
In case of a second instance:
· The piece of work will not be graded
· The teacher will discuss the work with the student
· The parents will be contacted; the student will be reported to the Assistant Principal/Advisor.
· Parents and students will meet with the Assistant Principal
Repeated instances of academic dishonesty will be treated as serious breaches of the Academic Honesty Policy.
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