Academic Integrity Policy

 

A pdf of the Academic Integrity Policy is available here.

OVERVIEW

Policy statement

Academic integrity is a fundamental principle of learning and a necessary foundation at ICS. We make a concerted effort to maintain high standards of integrity, both to protect the value of the educational process in which we are engaged and to maintain the credibility of our learning community.

This policy sets out to define the procedures to be followed in the event of any dispute or allegation regarding staff malpractice or maladministration in the assessment of internally marked qualifications (ASDAN, Diploma, MYP) and also regarding examinations invigilated by staff at the school and marked externally e.g. ISA’s, MYP and DP.

It also sets out to define the procedures to be followed in the event of any dispute or allegation regarding candidate malpractice in the assessment of internally marked qualifications and also regarding examinations marked externally.

RATIONALE

Students at ICS, in accordance with the IB Learner Profile, will be ‘Principled’. This means they will act with integrity and are ultimately responsible for the authenticity of their work and acknowledgement of their sources. ICS is committed to academic Integrity and this policy has been designed in accordance with both the IB Integrity of Assessments guidelines and those outlined by ASDAN to ensure that all students, parents and teachers in all school programmes are aware of what Academic Integrity entails.

APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all ICS teaching staff, parents and students.

ORGANISATIONAL GUIDANCE

IBO Integrity of Assessments Guidelines (Diploma Programme) IBO Responsibilities of IB World Schools for uploaded and submitted student work

ACCESS

This policy is available on request from the School offices. We also inform parents and guardians about this policy when their children join ICS, through our newsletters and our website.

The policy is provided to all teaching staff (including temporary staff and

volunteers) at induction alongside our ICS Professional Code of Conduct.

FAILURE TO COMPLY

Staff and students are expected to be familiar with this policy. Failure to abide by it will result in intervention by the Senior Leadership Team.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

1. Academic Integrity

Primary

1.1 In the primary school, students learn how to be principled about their research in developmentally appropriate ways. Students learn about different types of sources of information. They learn about reliable sources of information and the importance of academic Integrity in various types of research. They begin to understand how to cite sources and reference their work. Towards upper primary, students learn about plagiarism and ways to avoid it. Students learn the importance of submitting work that is original with all sources referenced.

Secondary

1.2 Although the following list is not exhaustive, lack of Academic Integrity can, in general, take several forms:

  • Plagiarism: taking work, words, ideas, pictures, information or anything that has been produced by someone else and submitting it for assessment as one’s own.

  • Copying: taking work of another student, with or without his or her knowledge and submitting it as one’s own.

  • Exam cheating: communicating with another candidate in an exam, bringing unauthorised material into an exam room, or consulting such material during an exam in order to gain an unfair advantage.

  • Duplication: submitting work that is substantially the same for assessment in different courses without the consent of all teacher involved.

  • Falsifying data: creating or altering data which have not been collected in an appropriate way.

  • Collusion: helping another student to be academically dishonest.

  • Copyright Violation: Photocopying more than 1 chapter or 5% of a book or written source for the purposes of study. Students must check the copyright requirements for other types of sources with their teachers.

2. Plagiarism - Secondary

2.1 Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s ideas, words or other original material without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.

With regards to plagiarism, students should remember that:

  • using the words and ideas of another person to support one’s arguments while following accepted practices is an integral part of any intellectual endeavour, and integrating these words and ideas with one’s own in accepted ways is an important academic skill

  • all ideas and work of other persons, regardless of their source, must be acknowledged

  • E-mail messages, web sites on the Internet and any other electronic media must be treated in the same way as books and journals

  • the sources of all photographs, maps, illustrations, computer programmes, data, graphs, audio-visual and similar material must be acknowledged if they are not the candidate's own work

  • passages that are quoted verbatim must be enclosed within quotation marks and references provided

  • turning in someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism

2.2 Why is plagiarism wrong?

  • Plagiarism is stealing another person’s words, ideas or other material.

  • Plagiarism is lying that the words/ideas/material you used are your own.

  • Plagiarism is cheating yourself out of an opportunity to learn.

2.3 Preventing Plagiarism

To prevent plagiarism, we recommend this checklist:

i) Consult with your teacher

ii) Plan your assignment

iii) Take good notes throughout the research process which record your sources of information systematically

iv) Make it clear who said what

v) When in doubt, cite sources

vi) Know how to paraphrase correctly

vii) Evaluate your sources of information

2.4 ICS uses the MLA (http://www.mla.org/) format for works cited. Each student will be given a handbook on how to cite sources used in their research assignments.

2.5 ICS uses Turnitin software to check submitted assessments against internet sources. The level of similarity between submitted work and internet sources will be considered when grading and considering the originality of work.

3. Consequences of Academic Dishonesty - Secondary

3.1 Plagiarism, Duplication, Falsifying Data

First offence:

Meeting with MYP/DP Coordinator Parents are contacted. Submitted work is graded, minus the plagiarised content. Work is to be completed and resubmitted (without a fresh grade).

Second Offence:

As above plus meeting with parents.

Third Offence:

As above, plus internal suspension.

Repeat offence:

External suspension, on school record.

3.2 Copying or collusion – Secondary

First offence:

Meeting with MYP/DP Coordinator. Parents are contacted. Non-exam work is graded, minus the plagiarised content. Work is to be completed and resubmitted (without a fresh grade). Possible internal suspension depending on severity of case.

Second offence:

As above, plus external suspension for one day, on school record.

Third offence:

As above, plus external suspension for two days, on school record.

3.3 Exam cheating – Secondary

In the case of internal exams, such as Diploma Mock Exams, a grade will not be awarded for the subject in question, thereby affecting predicted grades.

In the case of cheating in an external IB exam, IB protocol will be followed by Coordinators. This could result in the student not receiving the MYP Certificate or IB Diploma.

3.4 Copying, collusion, exam cheating – Primary

Sanctions for students who do not demonstrate academic Integrity are developmentally appropriate, in line with student experience and regarded as opportunities for learning.

4. The responsibilities of staff, students and parents

4.1 All ICS secondary school staff, students and parents will make sure that they are aware of the contents of this document and what Academic Integrity means. They should also make themselves aware of the consequences of a lack of Academic Integrity. In the Primary school, Academic Integrity issues will be embedded into the curriculum.

4.2 Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the need to be honest and why it is important to be so in terms of academic progress.

4.3 Teachers will explain what this policy means to students in the specific terms of the work that they are asking students to produce. They will also speak to students regularly during the drafting of work, when the student/teacher interaction is more collaborative than evaluative. They will also model good practice. Examination preparation will include explicit instruction on IB requirements of candidates. This will include teaching about malpractice and the consequences thereof. During exam sessions visual reminders are also utilised.

4.4 Coordinators will ensure that Academic Integrity is explained to staff, students and parents at relevant times, giving examples of both good and bad practice where possible. Staff will receive training in the conduct of internal assessments and in the invigilation of examinations. Coordinators will ensure that internal assessment and exam procedures are thoroughly followed in accordance with IB requirements.

4.5 Coordinators will investigate any suspected breaches of the standards in an open and fair way, in accordance with the IB requirements. (See Appendix 1)

4.6 The School Principal, in consultation with the relevant coordinator, will decide each case on its merits, with reference to this policy and IB expectations and will communicate his or her decision clearly to all of those concerned with reasons for any findings.

4.7 Students will recognise that they are ultimately responsible for their own work and that the consequences of any breaches of the standards of Academic Integrity will be theirs alone. They should speak to teachers regularly about their work and show drafts of it at various stages in the production process. They should ask teachers for advice if they are at any time unsure of what they have done in relation to referencing sources.

5 Staff Malpractice and Maladministration

For examples of Malpractice and Maladministration see Appendix 1.

5.1 Investigation Procedure

Investigations into allegations will be coordinated by the Secondary Principal, who will ensure the initial investigation is carried out within ten working days. The person responsible for coordinating the investigation will depend on the qualification being investigated. The investigation will involve establishing the full facts and circumstances of any alleged malpractice. It should not be assumed that because an allegation has been made, it is true. Where appropriate, the staff member concerned and any potential witnesses will be interviewed and their version of events recorded on paper.

The member of staff will be:

• informed in writing of the allegation made against him or her

• informed what evidence there is to support the allegation

• informed of the possible consequences, should malpractice or maladministration be proven

• given the opportunity to consider their response to the allegations

• given the opportunity to submit a written statement

• given the opportunity to seek advice (as necessary) and to provide a supplementary statement (if required)

• informed of the applicable appeals procedure, should a decision be made against him/her

• informed of the possibility that information relating to a serious case of malpractice will be shared with the relevant awarding body and may be shared with other awarding bodies, the regulators Ofqual, the police and/or professional bodies including the NCTL.

If work is submitted for moderation/verification or for marking which is not the candidate’s own work, the awarding body may not be able to give that candidate a result.

5.2 Staff Malpractice Sanctions

Where a member of staff is found guilty of malpractice or maladministration, the School may impose the following sanctions:

1) Written warning: Issue the member of staff with a written warning stating that if the offence is repeated within a set period of time, further specified sanctions will be applied

2) Training: Require the member of staff, as a condition of future involvement in both internal and external assessments to undertake specific training or mentoring, within a particular period of time, including a review process at the end of the training

3) Special conditions: Impose special conditions on the future involvement in assessments by the member of staff

4) Suspension: Bar the member of staff in all involvement in the administration of assessments for a set period of time

5) Dismissal: Should the degree of malpractice be deemed gross professional misconduct; the member of staff could face dismissal from his/her post

5.3 Appeals

The member of staff may appeal against sanctions imposed on them. Appeals will be conducted in line with the School’s Appeals Policy.

Links to other School Policies

Please also refer to the School’s:

Teaching Policy

Secondary behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Professional Conduct