Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy Grades 8-12
Please read the following information regarding the Academic Integrity policy for students at Summit Learning Centre.
This document outlines our policy for two grade level groups, Grade 8/9, and Grade 10-12, as it relates to Academic Honesty and Integrity. Additionally, at the end of this document, you will find the guidelines for test invigilation at Summit.
Academic honesty is extremely important and the earlier students familiarize themselves with this idea the better. At the Grade 8 and 9 level we recognize that students are still learning, and may need extra support in learning and understanding the definitions and guidelines for academic honesty.
What students need to know:
Plagiarism, or "copying", is when a student submits work as their own, when it has been copied in part or whole from another source ( book, internet etc), or from an individual. It is also considered plagiarism when a student submits work that has been completed by someone else, such as a friend, tutor or parent. At this grade level, students should be aware that this is not acceptable. In the unlikely event that it does occur, it will be dealt with on a case by case basis. However, the consequences outlined for Grade 10-12 may be applied if needed.
The importance of "citing work':
When you are doing your assignments, it is acceptable, and often necessary, to make use of quotations, images, or ideas or thoughts that others have, to enhance your own assignments; your teacher just needs to know where you got the information from. Informing the teacher where you got the information is called "citing your work" and it is something that you will learn about in your courses, as well, you can contact your teacher at any time to provide clarification. It is important to understand how to properly site work at this grade level, so you are able to apply it successfully as you move through your schooling. When in doubt about any part of this process, consult with your teacher for clarification.
Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty is:
- Submitting work that you have copied from the internet, a friend, or any other source/person.
- Having someone else complete your work for you.
- Submitting work that has been significantly edited by a tutor, parent, or any person.
- Using information from a person or source during a test, unless authorized by the teacher or the course instructions.
- Providing, or accepting, unauthorized access to restricted course materials (tests, passwords, quizzes, answer keys), without the teacher's consent in writing.
Note: Students are responsible for keeping a record of the resources used when completing assignments/projects. Please be sure to check your specific course, or teacher, for the Citation style that you are required to use.
Potential and/or escalating consequences of plagiarism/academic dishonesty:
- Redoing the assignment/test under teacher supervision at Summit during regular school hours.
- Receiving a "0" on the assignment/test.
- Being required to do all future tests and/or major assignments under the supervision of a Summit teacher, or a BC certified teacher.
- Being withdrawn from the course or receiving a failing grade on the course.
- Being withdrawn from the school.
In all instances of plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, a parent/guardian will be notified, in addition to the school administrator. Consequences will be determined at the discretion of the teacher and administrator on a case by case basis.
Test Invigilation Guidelines at Summit
- Tests need to be supervised by teachers at Summit during regular school hours. If you are unable to come to Summit, you can request that the teacher supervise you via Skype.
- If you cannot attend Summit for supervision, you can arrange to be supervised off-site by a BC Certified teacher. This teacher must have an active school district email address, from which they email your teacher for test instructions and passwords.
- If there is a discrepancy of more than 25% between the supervised tests and other coursework then a teacher can:
- Weigh the supervised test more heavily than previous course work.
- Require the student to re-do the test and/or previous coursework under the supervision of a Summit teacher during regular school hours.
- Require that all future tests and major assignments be completed under the supervision of a Summit teacher during regular school hours.