The school's concern to promote academic honesty is in full accord with the stance taken by the IB, as described in the publication "Academic Honesty: Guidance for schools", and is flagged in the Parent-Student Handbook. It is highlighted for all students at the start of Grade 11, and students are reminded again of the need to be 'principled' during Advisor sessions.
Academic honesty is based on the assumption that the work a student submits to a teacher is his or her own. Homework, coursework and tests should reflect the knowledge and efforts of the student. If it is not clear from a document what a student has created and what is the work of someone else, the essential trust between student and teacher will be compromised.
Academic honesty is much more than not passing off the work of others as your own. According to the IB Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Programme, it is "a set of values that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessment". It is a matter of being principled - one of the key IB Learner Profile attributes - in all one's work, from first note-taking to the final submitted assignment.
Following the Handbook quoted above, malpractice, or lack of academic honesty, includes:
Collusion - where more than one person has contributed to an assignment which should be the student's own work
Plagiarism - where the student attempts to pass off the ideas of someone else as their own, instead of acknowledging sources in the recognised way
- Duplicating work to fulfil the requirements of one of more component
- Fabricating data for an assignment
- Taking unauthorised material into an exam room
- Disclosing or discussing the content of an exam paper with a person outside the immediate school community within 24 hours after the examination
Most students know that deliberate cheating is wrong in any circumstance, but the act of receiving guidance, getting assistance, using quotations, downloading pages, or adapting material while working on major papers or projects is not a simple one, and for this reason CIS trains students in appropriate academic procedures. Teachers are responsible for monitoring academic integrity, and informing the advisor, parents, DP Coordinator and Principal in cases of inappropriate behaviour.
Individual subject teachers regularly demonstrate and remind students of appropriate ways to carry out research and acknowledge sources. As part of the introduction to the Extended Essay for students in Grade 11, the Librarian instructs all students how to use school library resources, internet resources and the local library system. Each student is given a copy of the IB Extended Essay guidelines, which treat the subject of documenting sources and the potential for plagiarism, and all students are encouraged to take advantage of one-to-one sessions offered by the Librarian later in Grade 11 on formats for referencing and citations.
Subject teachers organize their assignments and tests so that students are aware of what is not allowed and so that it is difficult to cheat. They also stress the need for a balance of sources: internet sources alone are not acceptable. Many teachers also request their students to submit assignments via Turnitin, a plagiarism detention service.
The consequences of academic misconduct i.e. plagiarism or cheating on a test, are outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.
Any student found guilty of academic misconduct in work submitted for formal assessment as part of the final Diploma could automatically lose his/her IB Diploma.
Parents and students are encouraged to read the following documents: