Academic Honesty Policy

The mission of Association International School is to foster in students a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration, individual growth, social responsibility, and Christ-likeness by inspiring and supporting them to strive for academic and personal excellence within an ethical framework that places the highest value on honor and respect for others. We value intellectual curiosity, and are committed to the education of our students through the development of empathy, ethical behavior, integrity, discipline and service, based on a firm foundation of Christian values. We emphasize a strong academic program, creative problem solving, cooperation and group interaction, an appreciation of culture and beauty, and healthy emotional and physical growth as well as the preparation of our students for the rigors of college/university. Association International School will mold intelligent and compassionate learners, leaders, and ambassadors of Christ for the glory of God.

AIS CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

AIS is founded on a firm foundation of Christian values and beliefs. However, we do respect other religions and beliefs. AIS encourages all student and staff members to recognize and be tolerant of each other’s views. The curricula of the school provides understanding and mutual respect among students regarding all religious beliefs and practices. We do not require students to be Christian in order to attend AIS; we are a rigorous school that teaches critical thinking, respect for other cultures, and ideals, and service to others. However, being a Christ-centered school, it is understood all students and faculty will honor daily devotions, chapels, and Christian holidays.

Non-denominational Christian Organization

AIS does not hold affiliation with nor receive funding from any Christian denomination. It is the goal of AIS to find common ground with all facets of Christianity, focusing on upholding what we feel to be the core tenets of the Bible. These can be found in our Statement of Faith, and it is our hope that these create a spirit of unity, service, and transparency among our student body, our faculty, and us, as an institution.

Statement of Faith
We believe the following as the core of that faith in which we find unity as a diverse Christian community:
• God is creator of the world and of all humankind
• Each person is responsible to God for the stewardship of world and of human life
• All people have separated themselves from God through sin and this separation can only be healed through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
• The possibility of pleasing God depends upon each person’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, and upon receiving and being obedient to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God
• The full revelation of God’s will to humanity is found in the sixty-six books of the Bible

As a Christian school, we DO NOT expect:
• that all applying students profess Christianity
• that current students must make a decision to become Christian

As a Christian school, we DO expect:
• members of our community to be respectful of all others and their beliefs
• members attend all events and gatherings and be respectful during times of Christian observances
• members to actively contribute to the overall atmosphere of peace, unity, and acceptance

As a Christian school, we HOPE:
• all feel loved, accepted, and welcome in our school
• all would come to know the love of God through His Son Jesus Christ
• all would be an encouragement to each other to explore and grow in faith
• all would learn to live selflessly and serve others

If a student feels led to embrace Christianity, we ask that they respond in their own way to become a Christ follower. Such decisions should not be made out of undue influence, to please people, or make a favorable impression. Academic preference is never given or withheld on the basis of professed faith or religious practice. To this end, honesty and personal integrity are important traits we seek to inculcate in our students both in their academic and out-of-school life. Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge to prevent academic dishonesty. This policy should be read in conjunction with the school’s Honor Code.

Policy Purpose

The Academic Honesty and Integrity policy has been put together to define the expectations of authenticity in submitted work. The policy is also to give stakeholders a better understanding and awareness of plagiarism and malpractice and to define the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in preventing these.

Definitions

Academic malpractice is any activity – intentional or otherwise – that is likely to undermine the integrity essential to scholarship and research. It includes plagiarism, collusion, fabrication or falsification of results, and anything else that could result in unearned or undeserved credit for those committing it. Academic malpractice can result from a deliberate act of cheating or may be committed unintentionally.

1. Plagiarism: This is defined as the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own.

2. Collusion: this is defined as supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another Duplication of work: this is defined as the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirement.

Fabrication or falsification of data or results by individual students or groups of students is the presentation or inclusion in a piece of work of figures or data which have been made up or altered and which have no basis in verifiable sources; this may or may not involve other instances of academic malpractice.

4. Cheating: Using unauthorized means or assistance during an examination, on a written assignment or project to gain undue advantage. Authenticity- An authentic piece of work is one that is based on the candidate’s individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged.

The school will provide this policy to all IB Diploma students upon entry in addition to the General Regulations document which gives further information on academic honesty. The IB learner profile seeks to make students “principled”, “reflective” and “knowledgeable” and this policy is one of the steps in this direction. The following information in this part is taken from the IB Academic Honesty Guide (2011). It is important for students to note that, passing off the work of another person as your own is not acceptable and constitutes malpractice, regardless of whether the act was intentional.

  1.  Although the internet is a free resource, information taken from it must be properly acknowledged. “Candidates must record the addresses of all websites from which they obtain information during their research, including the date when each website was accessed. The uniform (or universal) resource locator (URL) constitutes the website address for this purpose.”
  2. Other material such as maps, photographs, logos, illustrations, graphs and other data, etc must also be acknowledged as they are intellectual property. CD ROMs, DVDs, email messages and any other electronic media must be treated in the same way as the internet, books and journals.
  3. Copying works of art, whether music, film, dance, theatre arts or visual arts, without proper acknowledgment, may also constitute plagiarism. There are circumstances where the creative use of the work of another artist is acceptable, but the original source must always be acknowledged.
  4. There is a distinction between collusion and collaboration. Although there are occasions when collaboration with other candidates is permitted or even actively encouraged, the final work must be produced independently, despite the fact that it may be based on the same or similar data as other candidates in the group. This means that the abstract, introduction, content and conclusion/summary of a piece of work must be written in each candidate’s own words and cannot therefore be the same as another candidate’s.
  5. The presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements is a duplication of work and therefore constitutes malpractice.
  6. Fabrication of data is a further example of malpractice. If a candidate manufactures data for a table, survey or other such requirement, this will be interpreted as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage in an assessment component.
  7. Copying a passage of text, translating this passage into another language, then using the translated text in their work without acknowledging its source still constitutes plagiarism.
  8.  The following also constitute academic dishonesty.
    1. Malpractice most commonly involves plagiarism or collusion. However, there are other ways in which a candidate may commit malpractice and in so doing be in breach of the Regulations. The following examples of malpractice do not constitute an exhaustive list and refer only to the written examinations :
      • taking unauthorized material into an examination room (such as cell/mobile phone, written notes).
      • leaving and/or accessing unauthorized material in a bathroom/restroom that may be visited during an examination.
      • misconduct during an examination, including any attempt to disrupt the examination or distract another candidate.
      • exchanging information or in any way supporting the passing on of information to another candidate about the content of an examination.
      • failing to comply with the instructions of the invigilator or other member of the school’s staff responsible for the conduct of the examination.
      • impersonating another candidate.
      • stealing examination papers.
      • using an unauthorized calculator during an examination, or using a calculator when one is not permitted for the examination paper.
      • disclosing or discussing the content of an examination paper with a person outside the immediate school community within 24 hours after the examination.
      • In addition:
        • We hold teachers and other members of staff to the same high standards of personal and academic integrity that we expect of students.

Referencing

 

Association International School uses the MLA academic referencing style. MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages. Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material. Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers. IGCSE and IBDP Students will be given an MLA guide upon entering the school. Teachers will also take students through the specifics of referencing in their subject area. Students will attend research methods lessons before beginning their Extended Essay at which academic honesty will be stressed.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Association International School is duty-bound to report any malpractice during examinations or in IB internal assessment to the IB. Any other incidence of academic malpractice is seen as a serious offence and will be dealt with in the following way after a committee has investigated the incident and found the student guilty.

First Incident:
a. An automatic F on the exam or assignment
b. A letter home detailing the malpractice and the likely consequence of any further incidents
c. Referral to Division Head
d. 1 day suspension or detention.

Second Incident:
a. Up to a week’s suspension
b. A note on your school record

Third Incident:
a. Expulsion

Roles & Responsibilities
Ensuring academic honesty is team work. Here are the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders.

Student Responsibilities
1. Read and sign the Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy
2. Understand the consequences of academic dishonesty and malpractice
3. Ensure that all work submitted for assessment is authentic, with the work or ideas of others fully and correctly acknowledged
4. Ask for guidance when needed
5. Speak to the counselor on time management skills when feeling overwhelmed to prevent malpractice
6. Understand the proper way of citing or acknowledging original authorship of  works or ideas (MLA)
7. Report malpractice and help cultivate a culture of academic honesty at their school

Parent Responsibilities
1. Read and sign the Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy
2. Encourage their wards to be academically honest.

Teacher Responsibilities
1. Review the academic honesty policy with each class at the start of the semester
2. Ensure, as far as possible, that all work accepted or submitted for assessment is the authentic work of each candidate
3. Enforce the use of anti-plagiarism software-as-a-service8 tools and proper use
4. Demonstrate and model academic honesty in all presentations and projects
5. Provide guidance to students on study skills, academic writing, research, and acknowledging sources
6. Report any academic dishonesty to the Divisional head
8. Online Plagiarism Checker

IB Coordinator/Administration Responsibilities
1. Ensure that all students, parents, and teachers understand what constitutes academic honesty
2. Ensure that all policies are posted on the Association International School website
3. Facilitate the Academic Honesty Committee meetings when needed
4. Plan and monitor all IB Exam testing sessions
5. Maintain an account with a plagiarism detecting service – turnitin.com
6. Provide guidance on maintaining academic honesty
7. Participate in an investigation of academic malpractice
8. Document and report academic dishonesty and malpractice to IBO
9. Provide timely reminders and reviews of the IB Learner Profile

Policy Review
All Association International School IB policies are posted on the Association International School website available for download and easy printing format. All Association International School IB policies will be reviewed annually between 1st and 30th September.

Assessment Policy Committee
IB Coordinator
Rosalind Gbeho    –   Group 2 Teacher
Mike Williams       –   Dean of Faculty and Students
Solomon Sackitey –   Group 3 Teacher
Lily Agbezuge        –   Group 2 Teacher

References and Resources
? Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Program, IBO, 2013.
? IBO General Regulations: Diploma Program, IBO, 2011
? IBO Academic Honesty, IBO, 2009
? Special Educational Needs Policy, Association International School, Marion County Public Schools, March 2014.
? Suncoast Community High School Academic Honesty Policy, Palm Beach County Public Schools, 2012.
? South Fork High School Academic Honesty Policy, Martin County Public Schools, 2013.