Honesty and Plagiarism

Plagiarism is :

  • Presenting as your own , work that is not your own
  • Copying from others
  • Borrowing from others without acknowledging that you have done this

The most common form of plagiarism is internet-based , i.e cutting & pasting then modifying the work slightly to camouflage the act and presenting this as your own. If you do this you are stealing the work and ideas of others. You are also attempting to deceive your teachers. Worst of all you can easily deceive yourself into thinking this is OK.

What do we do to be academically honest ?

  • Teachers will instruct you regularly about the necessity of Academic Honesty – they will help you to produce work from a number of sources with correct citations.
  • Throughout your career at AISJ you will be educated about and cautioned against plagiarism.
  • You will be encouraged to produce your own work in every subject
  • You need to be aware that, under licence, AISJ staff will automatically be able to check for plagiarism in any piece of work that is handed in.

Policy

If a student is caught plagiarizing work in the MYP course , the penalties are as follows:

  1. First infringement – parents will be informed in writing through the Home Room Teacher; the student will be given a warning and the opportunity to re-write the assignment.
  2. Second infringement – Parents will be informed in writing through the Home Room Teacher; the student will be given a zero for the assignment.
  3. Third infringement – The student will be given an internal suspension. Further a parent conference will take place with the Head of secondary/ Director

If a student is caught plagiarising in Grades 11 or 12 , the penalties are as follows

  1. First infringement – Parents will be informed in writing through the Home Room Teacher; the student will be given a zero for the assignment.
  2. Second infringement – The student will be given an internal suspension. Further a parent conference will take place with the Head of secondary/ Director
  3. Third infringement – Removal from the IB Programme

Exams - Internal and External

Cheating and copying will not be permitted in any form in examinations. The consequences will be severe .

With internal examinations , the student will be asked to stop writing , their paper will be taken away immediately and they will report to Head of Secondary. A zero mark will be given for the examination piece and further disciplinary measures may follow.

With External Examinations, The student will be disqualified from that particular sitting but this may also result in disqualification from the entire battery of examinations. The school cannot be an advocate for students who have any record of cheating at AISJ.

Handing in Work

AISJ has a policy which seeks to encourage the students to hand in their set pieces of work on time. Teachers should use the planner in the staffroom to schedule work so that students are not overburdened at any one time.

  1. Work handed in 1 day late will be marked but incur a reduction of 15%
  2. Work handed in 2 days late will be marked but incur a 30% reduction
  3. Work handed in 3 days will have 45% penalty
  4. Work handed in 4 days late will receive a zero

If there is a good and attested reason for lateness e.g illness / bereavement, the Head of Secondary will decide how the mark for work is calculated.

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