Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is a core value in our school. If you submit work or parts of work that are not your own, you have not shown that you can demonstrate the curriculum expectations. A breach of academic honesty is the theft of intellectual property and is treated with the utmost seriousness.

To avoid this, your teachers will help you plan your work. If you find that you require assistance in order to complete the assignment properly, see your teacher well in advance of the due date. Your teacher can help you to establish a reasonable timeline to complete an assignment and/or strategies to do your research and write your final submission. 

Remember when you do research, that you must cite all sources. If you do not mention where you got your information, you are giving the impression that you are the source of the information. If you do not say where you got something and it is not yours, you are stealing ideas, concepts, pictures, or data. Research is the act of gathering and presenting information in a new way. This is what you are learning to do in high school.  Sometimes you will create or present new ideas but if you are using existing information from other sources you must identify these sources.

Unauthorized sharing of work

Providing work to another student for the purposes of academic dishonesty is a violation of our code of conduct. If you intentionally allow another student to use your work and present it as his or her own, you will be referred to administration and serve an academic detention where a paper on academic ethics may be assigned. A record will be kept centrally in the main office and consequences will be more severe for subsequent infractions, which may include suspension from school.

Proper Citation Rules

A citation is a brief reference to someone else’s work embedded in the body of your paper that acknowledges and gives credit for sources of information that you have used.  You must cite another person’s ideas or opinions (whether they are quoted directly or paraphrased), as well as any fact, statistic, illustration, image, graph, or information that is not common knowledge. Talk to your teacher or teacher librarian to learn more about the conventions of appropriate citation. 

For tips on avoiding plagiarism and referencing your own work, visit KCVI Learning Commons: Avoiding Plagiarism- How to Reference Your Work.

Breach of Academic Honesty

Breaches of academic honesty are intentional attempts to gain credit for work that is not your own. For intentional cases where you have submitted work that is clearly not your own, your teacher will speak to you and the following steps will apply:

Image of actions should a breach of academic honesty occur.