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Toronto Catholic District School Board

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
                                                                                                                                                           
All students enrolled at St. Mary’s C.S.S. are expected to be honest in all academic endeavours.  Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in any subject area.
 
Academic dishonesty includes:
 
1)    Plagiarism: this is defined as the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the student’s own.
 
This includes: copying of maps, photographs, illustrations, data, graphs etc. and is not limited to sources such as the Internet, books and journals but also extends to CD-ROMs, DVDs, email messages and any other electronic media.
 
2)    Collusion: this is defined as supporting academic dishonesty by another student, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another.
 
While it is sometimes expected that students will collaborate on projects, labs, etc., the final work must be produced independently.
 
3)    Duplication of work: this is defined as the presentation of the same work for different assessment requirements and/or course requirements.
 
4)    Any other behaviour that gains an unfair advantage for a student or that affects the results of another student.
 
This includes but is not limited to: 
·         taking unauthorized material into a test/ examination room (such as a cell phone, written notes, etc.)
·         leaving and/or accessing unauthorized material in a bathroom/restroom that may be visited during a test/examination
·         misconduct during a test/examination, including any attempt to disrupt the test/examination or  distract another student
·         exchanging information or in any way supporting the passing on of information to another student about the content of a test/examination
·         failing to comply with the instructions of the teacher/staff member responsible for the supervision of the test/examination
·         stealing, copying or distributing test/examination papers
·         using an unauthorized calculator during a test/examination, or using a calculator when one is not permitted for the test/examination
·         falsifying or fabrication of data, etc.
                                                    (Adapted from Academic Honesty, IBO, 2011, pp. 3-5)
 
 
In order to promote and support the practice of academic honesty, students will be provided explicit instruction on:
1)    Research/Study Skills- how to locate, evaluate and use information from various sources/ databases
2)    Academic writing –  the role of citations in academic writing and how to appropriately paraphrase
3)    Proper referencing techniques (APA or MLA Format) – how to acknowledge a variety of sources
 
Students are also encouraged to make use of on-line referencing sites, such as noodletools.com, and web-based plagiarism detection services, such as turnitin.com.
 
If a student is suspected of academic dishonesty, the Teacher and Department Head will investigate. If deemed necessary, an Administrator will be informed. If academic dishonesty is confirmed:
·         a mark of zero will be assigned to the work in question. (In cases of collusion, all students will receive a mark of zero.)
·         a failing mark may be assigned for the course.