Academic Honesty


What is academic honesty?

Academic honesty involves:

  • Acting with integrity and honesty by producing your own authentic work
  • Avoiding any behaviour that gains one student an unfair advantage and negatively impacts the results of other students.
  • Following the rules for all examinations as set out by a teacher, a specific department, the school administration or any other organization for which examinations are given within on behalf of the school

Examples of Academic honesty:

  •  Acknowledging as honestly and accurately as possible the ideas and work of others, even when the source cannot be stated with absolute accuracy
  • Students working collaboratively and/or supportively
  • Collaboration can occur when students discuss ideas or brainstorm sources they might use to research a common idea
  • Collaboration can occur when students work on a group project in which the individual roles are decided upon or defined by the group or teacher.

Examples of Academic dishonesty:

  • Using the ideas of another person within your work without citing the source from which those ideas were gained
  • Copying or paraphrasing from websites, books, journals, essays or any other source without citing the source or origin of the information
  • The use of photographs, graphs, data or computer programs without citing the source from which the information is taken
  • Allowing your work to be copied or reproduced in some fashion by another person, including copying off others’ tests or allowing another person to copy your test
  • Handing in work completed by another person and taking credit for it
    Missing class to gain additional preparation time or falsifying an excuse for an absence.

Avoiding Academic dishonesty:

  • Teachers must make students aware of what constitutes academic dishonestly and establish expectations for academic honesty in their classrooms
  • Teachers will model examples of academic honesty in the classroom (eg. Citing/referencing sources for information used in class)
  • Students must cite all sources of ideas, notes, quotations, visuals, etc in footnotes and/or a formal bibliography as required by each assignment
  • As requested by individual subject teachers, students will submit assignments to to screen for possibilities of plagiarized information
  • Teachers are expected to confirm, to the best of their ability, that students have submitted authentic work for assessment.