What is Academic Honesty?

Academic integrity is a concept used to address the many aspects of validity within a student's work. A student who maintains a high standard of academic integrity maintains that the work he or she turns in is authentic to the knowledge he or she has acquired. 

Academic Integrity means a student...

    • Will not allow others to copy work.
    • Will complete each assignment independently.
    • Will not misuse content from the Internet.
    • Will not practice plagiarism in any form.

    Plagiarism

    Plagiarism occurs when a student presents another person's work as the student's own and is not acceptable at InformNet. Commercial search engines are often very good at detecting work copied from material available online. Teachers have access to software which detects plagiarism and can often spot when writing does not come from the student.

    Student Responsibility

    InformNet is committed to ensuring the integrity and validity of student achievement within its courses by promoting academic honesty. Students are responsible for upholding integrity and will be held accountable for the quality of their work and actions. To this end, and in accordance with the Provincial Assessment Policy Kindergarten to Grade 12: Academic Responsibility, Honesty, and Promotion/Retention (Manitoba Education, 2010), InformNet expects that all students will demonstrate integrity, ethical conduct and academic honesty in all assessments, research, class work and homework assignments.

      InformNet takes preventative measures to reduce the incidence of academic dishonesty among its students. InformNet may review any work or email submitted by a student to determine its authenticity and legitimacy.

      Academic Dishonesty

    Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students who violate the academic integrity of InformNet will be subject to discipline in accordance with this policy. Academic dishonesty consists of any deliberate attempt to falsify, fabricate or otherwise tamper with data information, records, or any other material that is relevant to the student’s participation within any course. Academic offenses include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributing or receiving answers other than those permitted by the teacher as part of any assignment, test or the final examination;
    • Cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty intended to gain unfair academic advantage;
    • Submitting academic work for assessment that was acquired from another source;
    • Assuming another individual’s identity or allowing another person to do so for the purpose of fulfilling any academic requirement;
    • Copying answers, or other information (or allowing others to do so) during any assignment, quiz or the final examination;
    • Allowing another individual to access course content, a quiz, unit test or final exam at any time while the student is completing an assessment;
    • Using any device during the final examination without permission.

    The Administrator and teachers of InformNet are responsible for ensuring that expectations for academic honesty are communicated and reinforced frequently and consistently with all students. Teachers, in consultation with the InformNet Administrator, will determine whether a breach of academic honesty has occurred.

    Procedure when dealing with Academic Dishonesty

    In situations where it has been determined that the student has engaged in dishonest behaviour the InformNet Administrator and/or subject teacher will:

    • Ensure the student’s home school administration is aware of the infraction. The home-school will notify the student’s parent/guardian that an infraction has taken place.
    • Document the incident.

    Possible Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

    The InformNet Administrator and/or home school administrator may determine an additional consequence be implemented. These consequences will reflect a continuum of behavioural and academic responses based on at least the following four factors: (1) the grade level of the student, (2) the maturity of the student, (3) the number and frequency of incidents, and (4) the individual circumstances of the student.

    • A mark of zero for the assignment may be given for academic dishonesty
    • Removal from the online course
    • Removal from contention for school-based academic awards

       

      Manitoba Education has excellent information to give students the basics on what is meant by plagiarism and how to avoid it.