Academic Integrity

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
 
Academic Integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. It is the commitment and obligation of all students, faculty, parents and administration to ensure that all academic work stems from the individual’s own efforts. Academic Dishonesty erodes the ethical climate of honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, and trust in our school community. Students found to have engaged in Academic Dishonesty shall not receive a mark until the grading of an alternative assessment has taken place. At St. George's School, Academic Dishonesty to any degree is not acceptable.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND GRADING
Monitoring academic progress and providing feedback to students and parents are essential to our teaching and learning objectives at St. George’s School. The purpose of grading is to communicate where students are in their learning and their level of mastery in a subject area.  St. George's School believes that grades should accurately reflect what students know and what they have learned. 
 
  • Grades should reflect a student’s relative mastery of the curriculum and the identified learning targets.
  • Grading practices should be used to promote learning and academic growth.
  • Grades should not be used to control behaviour, to measure conduct, or to punish.
  • Students must do their own work with honesty and submit only their own work on assignments (including homework), examinations, reports, and projects, unless otherwise permitted by the teacher.
  • Students may benefit from working in groups. They may collaborate or cooperate with other students on graded assignments or examinations as outlined by the teacher.
  • Students must follow all written and/or verbal instructions outlined by the teacher prior to taking examinations, tests, quizzes, and performance evaluations.
  • Students are responsible for adhering to course requirements as identified by the teacher.
  • When using the work and ideas of others, students must give credit and acknowledgment by referencing the original source.

POLICY DEFINITIONS

Cheating is a form of Academic Dishonesty in which an individual undermines the integrity of an assessment (assignment, project, quiz, test, or an exam). Examples of cheating include:
  • Copying an assignment or test.
  • Allowing others to copy an assignment or test.
  • Giving or receiving test information.
  • Using unauthorized resources during an assessment.
  • Submission of the same assignment more than once.
  • Skipping classes to avoid an assessment or to prepare for an assessment.
 
Falsification is a form of Academic Dishonesty whereby an individual has changed information in order to make one believe something that is not true. Examples of falsification include:
  • Falsifying research findings, whether in laboratory experiments, field trip exercises, or other assignments.
  • Alteration or falsification of academic reports or other academic records for any purpose.
  • Submission of false credentials.
  • Making false representation on an application for admission.
  • Requesting the extension of a deadline or delaying the sitting of a test citing reasons known to be false, including submitting false documentation supporting that request.
Plagiarism is a form of Academic Dishonesty in which an individual submits or presents the work and/or idea of another person as his or her own. This includes the copying of images, sound, video, and other forms of intellectual property. Plagiarism exists when:
  • Lack of recognition given to the original author for phrases, sentences, and ideas of the author incorporated in a paper or project.
  • A portion of a document is copied from an author, or composed by another person, and presented as original work.
Tampering is a form of Academic Dishonesty whereby an individual has interfered with information for the purpose of academic gain. Examples of tampering include:
  • Unauthorized access to, use of, or alteration of computer data and information.
  • Gaining academic advantage by using technology that inhibits the use of the resources by others.
  • Damage to or destruction of library or laboratory resources.
  • Willful or negligent damage to the academic work of a fellow student and or teacher. 
Academic Dishonesty is the intentional violation of school policies, such as cheating, plagiarism, falsification or tampering with grades for the purpose of gaining an academic advantage.

STAKEHOLDER RESPONSIBILITIES
The various stakeholders (students, parent/guardian, teacher, and administrator) within the St. George’s School community have a responsibility to know, uphold, and promote a culture of integrity – supporting the standards of academic honesty and fairness within our learning environment. 
 
STUDENT
The student is expected to adhere to the principles of academic integrity in completing all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, homework, assignments, projects, activities, and other academic work, both in and outside of the classroom. All forms of school work is included in the Academic Integrity Policy.
 
PARENT/GUARDIAN
The parent/guardian is expected to support the Academic Integrity Policy by reviewing the principles of academic integrity with the student and encouraging the student to act with honesty in all situations. The parent/guardian is instrumental in the cultivation of our core values and will be contacted and involved in all incidences of academic dishonesty.
 
TEACHER
The teacher is expected to encourage, emphasize, and clearly communicate the values of academic integrity to students. The appropriate level of student collaboration for each assignment/assessment will be clearly communicated by the teacher. The teacher will take the appropriate steps to reporting academic dishonesty to the Head of Grade and/or to the administration. 
 
ADMINISTRATOR
The administrator is expected to support, implement, and promote the Academic Integrity Policy to all stakeholders within the school community. The administrator or Head of Grade will enforce the appropriate disciplinary actions when academic dishonesty occurs. The administration will maintain a school climate that encourages a consistent culture of adherence to the academic integrity policy.
 
PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES
All members of our school community are ethically bound to report suspected incidences of academic dishonesty. The classroom teacher’s professional judgment and other supervising professional employees will determine whether a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred. Multiple offenses of Academic Dishonesty will result in progressively more severe disciplinary actions up to and including a request for withdrawal or expulsion from St. George's School.  Parents/Guardians will be advised by the School of any reports of Academic Dishonesty. 
 
In the event that a student is found in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, the following procedures will take effect:
 
REPORTING
  • Once a teacher, through his or her professional judgement, has determined that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred, the following steps will be taken:
                a) The teacher will immediately confiscate the evidence (if applicable) or immediately bring the violation to the attention of the student. 
                b) The teacher will immediately refer the student to the Head of Grade office.
                c) The teacher will inform the student that the Head of Grade will be conducting further inquiry in the case.
                d) The teacher will not impose a penalty or discuss consequences with the student. 
  • The teacher will document the case and report it to the Head of Grade by completing the Student Life Incident Report Form located in Canvas.
  • The teacher will follow-up with the Head of Grade in a face-to-face meeting.
  • The Head of Grade will record the incident in the student’s discipline file, held in the Principal’s Office, and review the file to determine whether the violation in question is the student’s first Academic Dishonesty offense.
  • The Head of Grade will maintain a record of all suspected incidences of Academic Dishonesty but will not include the information on the student’s discipline file.  
  • The teacher or Head of Grade will contact the parent/guardian to report the incident of Academic Dishonesty and inform the parent/guardian that the case has been referred to the Head of Grade.  
RESOLUTION
  • The Head of Grade and the teacher will meet with the student to provide the student with an opportunity to respond to the accusation of Academic Dishonesty.
  • The Head of Grade will review the Academic Integrity Policy with the student and explain why the student’s actions constitutes a violation of the policy.
  • The Head of Grade will communicate the consequences of violating the Academic Integrity Policy to the parent/guardian and will administer the corrective measures to address the student’s behaviour.
  • Depending on the gravity of the incident and the student’s disciplinary history, the case may be referred to the office of the Associate Principal, Student Life to determine an appropriate course of action.
APPEAL
  • Students found in violation of the academic integrity policy will have a right to appeal the decision.
  • All student appeals must be made in writing to the Senior School Principal within 3 school days following receipt of the written decision.
  • The appeal letter should include a description of the incident, the grounds for the appeal, any supporting documentation and a request for determination. The appeal letter should be signed by both the student and the parent. 
  • The Senior School Principal will review the case, confer with other school officials, and respond to the appeal within two school days of the filed appeal.
REINTEGRATION
  • All cases of Academic Dishonesty requiring a school suspension will undergo a formal reintegration process, which will be led by the school counsellor and facilitated by HoG.
ASSESSMENT RE-WRITE
Students found in violation of the School’s Academic Integrity policy will automatically receive a zero for the assessment and will be required to demonstrate their learning through the arrangement of an alternative assessment. The assessment re-write room provides a setting for an alternative assessment.
 
The following outlines the procedures for assessment re-writes:
  • Assessment re-writes will take place after school hours from 3:30 pm-4:45 pm on Wednesdays. 
  • Students are expected to arrive on time and complete their assessment within the allotted time frame – extending no later than 4:45pm.
  • The teacher issuing the re-write must complete and submit an assessment re-write form, located in Canvas, to Mrs. Elaine Poon by 8:30 am on the day of the assessment.
  • The teacher issuing the re-write must submit the assessment to the Front Office by no later than 2:00 pm on the day of the assessment.
  • Each assessment should have the following information clearly labeled on the front page:
              a) Date of assessment.
              b) Course, grade, and teacher name.
              c) Student first name, last name and student ID.
              d) The duration of the assessment and any other special instruction required for the assessment supervisor.
  • The assessment supervisor will collect the assessments from the Front Office by 3:20 pm and return the completed assessments to the Front Office by 5:00 pm on the day of the assessment. The completed assessments will be locked up overnight in a designated area in the Front Office.
  • Completed assessments will be ready for pick-up at 8:00 am the following morning.
CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATIONS OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
 
Academic Integrity Seminar (AIS) provides students with an opportunity to reflect on behaviour that falls in the realm of Academic Dishonesty. The Academic Integrity Seminar aims to educate students on the deeper meaning of integrity, trust, self-regulation, and mutual obligation to those around them. 
 
Academic Probation: Students on probation may not be permitted to participate in or be a spectator at any school-sponsored activity (i.e. school socials, sporting events, student council, leadership activities etc.) while on probation.
 
Academic Suspension:
In-school Suspension – Student will attend classes but will be placed in a designated detention room during break and lunch time periods.
 
A school suspension – Refers to the temporary removal of a student from school grounds for a set period of time.
 
Suspensions may range from 1 - 20 school days. Suspensions lasting for more than 5 days are considered long-term suspensions. Students may not take part in school activities or events while on suspension and may be dismissed from co-curricular activities or elected/appointed student leadership positions.
 
Membership Review: An administrative meeting held to discuss the membership and continuing education of a student at St. George’s School. The membership review committee puts forth recommendations to the Headmaster’s Office where final decisions are made.
 
School Expulsion or Request for Withdrawal: Refers to the removal/banning of a student from St. George’s School, due to continued violations of the School’s Code of Conduct, or in extreme cases for a single offense of appropriate severity.
 
CONSEQUENCES FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
The School affords due process and will review all cases of Academic Dishonesty on an individual basis. Consequences and corrective action are administered through a progressive discipline model, which takes into account the varying degrees of Academic Dishonesty and/or the disciplinary history of the student. It is the responsibility of the student to avoid any action or situation that may cause teachers to believe this policy has been violated.Consequences for students involved in an act of Academic Dishonesty may include, but are not restricted to, the below examples. 
 
 
Gr. 8-10
Gr. 11-12
1st Offense
Suspension
  • Work not accepted
  • Alternative demonstration of learning required
  • Parent Contact /Meeting
  • 1-2 Day Suspension
  • Reflective Assignment
  • Letter in File  
Suspension
  • Work not accepted
  • Alternative demonstration of learning required
    • Parent Contact/Meeting
      • 1-3 Day Suspension
      • Academic Integrity Seminar
      • Letter in File
      • Post-secondary Disclosure
2nd Offense
Suspension / Academic Probation
  • Work not accepted
  • Alternative demonstration of learning required
  • Parent Conference
  • 2-3 Day Suspension
  • Academic Integrity Seminar
  • Letter in File
 
Suspension / Academic Probation
  • Work not accepted
  • Alternative demonstration of learning required
  • Parent Conference
  •  3-5 Day Suspension
  • Academic Integrity Seminar
  • Ineligible for academic honour within same year of the infraction
  • Letter in File
  • Post-secondary Disclosure
3rd Offense
Membership Review
  • Work not accepted
  • Alternative demonstration of learning required
  • Indefinite Suspension pending outcome of Membership Review
  • Letter in File
Membership Review
  • Work not accepted
  • Alternative demonstration of learning required
  • Indefinite Suspension pending outcome of Membership Review
  • Letter in File
  • Post-secondary Disclosure
 
St. George's School gratefully acknowledges the following institutions whose policies were consulted in formulating its position and procedures on Academic Integrity:  
 
  • University of British Columbia, BC
    • Upper Canada College, ON
    • Kent High School, WA
    • Ransom Everglades School, FL
    • Palo Alto High School. Palo Alto, CA
 
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 109 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George's School truly is Canada's World School for Boys.
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