Academic Honesty

 

Purpose of Policy

  • to guide teachers and students in developing a creator culture.
  • to guide students and teachers in practicing and promoting academic honesty.
  • to ensure SBB has clear procedures for dealing with cases of academic misconduct across the programmes Guiding Principles.
  • We believe that creating a culture of academic honesty is the responsibility of all members of the SBB community.
  • We believe that inquiry based learning encourages creative and critical student work.

 

Definition of Academic Misconduct

According to the IB, Academic Dishonesty, this is behavior that results in, or may result in, the candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment components. It includes:

    • Plagiarism: the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own
    • Collusion: supporting misconduct by another candidate, such as allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another
    • Duplication of work: the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements 
  • Any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate (for example, taking unauthorized material into an examination room, misconduct during an examination)
  • Malpractice commonly referred to as cheating, which can include:
  1. Imitating someone else signature.
  2. Using hidden notes on paper, electronic devices or written on yourself during a test or examination.
  3. Asking for or looking up answers during a test or examination.
  4. Making up or altering scientific or other research data.
  5. If you work in a team, letting others do the work and then adding your name as if you had done an equal part of the work

 

Students Responsibility

Academic Honesty – PYP The Learner Profile and the attitudes are the basis for the development of academic integrity in our students.

  • Students take responsibility for their own work.
  • Students work individually unless otherwise instructed.
  • Students recognize the difference between individual work and group work.
  • Students give credit to other people working in the group.
  • Students do not copy other people’s work.
  • Students reference sources according to agreed‐upon (age‐appropriate) bibliographic formats for each grade.  
  • Students use information technology and library resources responsibly.

 

Consequences/actions in the event of academic dishonesty

When academic misconduct happens at SBB relating to in-class work or home learning, it will be up to the teacher of the learner involved to reflect and discuss consequences with that learner. Repeat occurrences should involve discussions with parents and/or a member of the Primary Leadership Team. As there are many researches project opportunities given to upper primary students including the exhibition, there is a potential for academic misconduct to occur. In these cases, the learner’s work should be re-done.

Again, repeat occurrences should involve discussions with parents and/or a member of the Primary Leadership Team. Ultimately, the onus of responsibility to be academically honest should be placed upon the learner through teaching, learning and reflecting.