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Updated December 5 2012

Engaging in any form of academic dishonesty or misconduct in order to obtain academic credit or advantage of any kind is an offence under this policy. Student’s understanding of academic integrity must be complete and lasting, and prepare them for future academic success.
Incidents of academic dishonesty include plagiarism, cheating or a demonstrable intention to cheat on examinations, tests or assignments.

Plagiarism includes: copying or paraphrasing the work of others without citation; misrepresenting someone else’s work as one’s own; copying another student’s work; translating work from one language to another without citation; using the same piece of work in two separate courses or for two separate assignments.

Cheating includes (but is not necessarily limited to): viewing or using tests or examinations without permission of the teacher; bringing and using notes, electronic or online translators, or other unauthorized aids in an evaluation or examination giving unauthorized aid to another student, sharing or allowing another student to copy or use one’s test, exam, essay or homework; theft of the test or examination; receiving excessive help with homework, take-home assignments, essays, etc, from a tutor, parent or fellow student.
Students failing to adhere to these standards on examinations will be expelled; those guilty of academic dishonesty on term work or tests are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

Roles and Responsibilities

Teacher - If an incident of academic dishonesty is suspected, the teacher will assemble relevant evidence and interview the student. If in the teacher’s professional opinion and in consideration of any mitigating factors it is determined by the teacher that the student has a satisfactory explanation, the process stops. If the student has no explanation, has an unsatisfactory explanation and/or denies dishonesty, then the teacher will write a Serious Incident Report and submit it to the Principal within 24 hours.

Principal - The Principal will examine the evidence, interview the student(s) and inform parent(s) of the investigation. Parent(s) will be given notice of the particulars of the case at this point: what is alleged, what the policy is and what the potential outcomes are.

 

Academic Dishonesty
It is the responsibility of students to be academically honest in all aspects of their schoolwork. 

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Examinations: In all cases, academic dishonesty on an examination (Midterm and Final) will result in expulsion.

Other Evaluations, Assignments or Tests The general sanction guidelines that Canadian Independent College will apply in cases of academic dishonesty on work, assignments or tests other than examinations are as follows:

Grade 9, 10, and 11
First Offence - The student will initially receive a grade of zero per cent on the test or assignment and then must complete an alternative assignment in order to demonstrate knowledge of the material. The alternative assignment will have a maximum value of up to 50% of the original assignment.
Repeated Offences - The student's parent(s) will be informed. The student will receive a grade of zero per cent on the test or assignment and must complete an alternative assignment in order to demonstrate knowledge of the material. The alternative assignment will have a maximum value of up to 50% of the original assignment. The student will receive a one day in-school suspension to be coordinated with the Director of Guidance and the School Director. Such continued conduct may result in further disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

 

Grade 12/Pre-University
First Offence - The student will initially receive a grade of zero per cent on the test or assignment and then must complete an alternative assignment in order to demonstrate knowledge of the material. The alternative assignment will have a maximum value of up to 50% of the original assignment.  The student's parents will be informed.  The student must also write a letter to the teacher (to be approved by the Principal or designate) and to the parents demonstrating an understanding of the seriousness of cheating and with an assurance that there will be no future academic integrity issues.
Repeated Offences - The Principal or designate  will meet with the student and notify his/her parent(s). The student will receive a grade of zero per cent on the test or assignment with no opportunity to complete an alternative assignment. The zero percent will not be removed in the calculation of the Final grade. Such continued conduct may result in further disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

Late Work Guidelines
The essence of Canadian Independent College's job is to prepare each student for university and life.  Deadlines are an integral part of university and life in general. Students are expected to submit assignments promptly on the dates specified by teachers.  A student who submits two assignments late will be required to attend a time management seminar. In all instances, it is the student’s responsibility to complete tasks on time. If a student requires an extension due to school-related commitments, illness or other circumstance the student must negotiate the extension with his or her subject teacher. Subject teachers will support and assist students by working in collaboration with the principal or designate and arrange for modified assignments and/or due date extensions.  If a student has not negotiated an extension and an assignment deadline is missed, homework is incomplete or a class test is missed, the following actions will be taken:

 

Grade 9, 10, and 11
Missed Academic Deadline:  the student who does not have an assignment completed by the due date will be required to stay after school and under the supervision of a faculty member. In order to discourage students from completing work for one class during another, students will still be required to stay after school even if the missing assignment or homework is subsequently submitted prior to the end of the academic day.  Students are expected to submit the in-completed work after school or after their free period. If the work is not submitted the subject teacher will deduct a late mark of 5% per day from the student’s grade for a maximum of 5 days beginning with the missed due date. The maximum total deduction is therefore  25%. (For example: a student who receives a grade of 80 out of 100 on an assignment which is a day late will receive a 5% reduction of the 80 which is calculated by (.05 x 80 = 4 ) which equals a reduction of 4 marks resulting in a final grade of 76.)

Missed Tests and Presentations/Seminars
1.  All students are required to be present on the date of an assigned test.  Absences that occur on the day of a test or presentation must be authorized with an administration note indicating the date of absence and knowledge of the specific evaluation that has been missed.  Notes must be presented the day the student returns to class.  Failure to do so will result in a missed opportunity for evaluation and a mark of zero.  The student is expected to complete the evaluation missed on the day s/he returns.
2.  Students who are absent for group presentations may receive a mark of zero.  The other members of the group will not be penalized.  Students who are absent due to an authorized legitimate absence will be given an alternate oral assignment to prepare and present to the class within a reasonable amount of time.

Grade 12
Missed Academic Deadline: A Senior School student who does not have an assignment completed by the due date will face a 10% loss of marks per day up to a maximum of 50%. (For example: a student who receives 80 out of 100 on an assignment which is a day late will in fact receive a 10% reduction of the 80 which is calculated by (.10 x 80 = 8 ) which equals a reduction of 8 marks resulting in a final grade of 72.) There will be no after-school  time set aside for Grade 12 students with late work. The subject teacher must email the principal within 24 hours about the late work and the fact that the student is losing marks.

 

Missed Tests and Presentations/Seminars
1.  All students are required to be present on the date of an assigned test.  Absences that occur on the day of a test or presentation must be authorized with an administration note indicating the date of absence and knowledge of the specific evaluation that has been missed.  Notes must be presented the day the student returns to class.  Failure to do so will result in a missed opportunity for evaluation and a mark of zero.  The student is expected to complete the evaluation missed on the day s/he returns.
2.  Students who are absent for group presentations may receive a mark of zero.  The other members of the group will not be penalized.  Students who are absent due to an authorized legitimate absence will be given an alternate oral assignment to prepare and present to the class within a reasonable amount of time.