Academic Integrity

Plagiarism Policy 

When ideas are taken from other sources without giving credit, this is known as plagiarism. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of somebody else’s words or ideas. Plagiarism is most commonly committed through cut, copying and pasting from a web page. 

To avoid plagiarism, teachers will model and demonstrate strategies for note-taking, referencing and citing information. Students have a responsibility to ensure all work submitted is their own words, and credit is given to the intellectual efforts of others.  

When do you need to give credit in your work? 

Need To Give CreditDon't Need to Give Credit 
When you are using or referring to somebody else’s words or ideas from a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other source.
When you are writing your own experiences, your own observations, your own insights, your own thoughts, your own conclusions about a subject.
When you use information gained through interviewing another person.When you are using common knowledge, common sense observations, or shared information.
When you copy the exact words from somewhere.When you are using generally accepted facts.
When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, and pictures.When you are writing up your own experimental results.

Consequences of Plagiarism

Parents will be notified by the teacher and the student will have another opportunity to do the assignment without penalty. If a second incident occurs, students will receive a zero on the assignment, and parents and the principal will be notified for further discipline.

Intellectual Honesty Policy

In our pursuit of integrity at Annie Gale School, teachers and students will acknowledge and respect the rights of creators. Credo: “We acknowledge the intellectual effort of an author, artist, or photographer, just as we respect the ownership of the ideas of others during a test or an exam.” Authentic learning occurs when students create and demonstrate their own knowledge.

Students are reminded to cite resources used in their assignments and not to plagiarize the work of others. Plagiarism, which is substituting or presenting the ideas or work of others as your own, is a serious intellectual offence and will be dealt with by administration. 

To be intellectually honest a student must:

For in-class assessments:

  • Refrain from communication of any form with or to fellow students
  • Refrain from copying another’s answers and
  • Use only materials or equipment that has been approved for use during a test or examination

For assessments, labs, assignments, or presentations:

  • Create and submit for marks, original work that has been completed through their own or their group’s effort(s); and
  • Credit the creative and intellectual efforts of others (cite sources/information)

Failure to comply with the above will be treated as Intellectual Misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Acquiring and using or attempting to acquire and use confidential course and examination materials
  • Cheating or helping others to cheat. Forms of cheating may include, but are not limited to the use of unauthorized materials or services, online translating services, sharing answers, plagiarism, or communicating with others by, for example, whispering, passing notes, signalling, exchanging papers, or text messaging; submitting or presenting the ideas and work of others as your own (plagiarism). This includes copying answers to homework off of the internet or permitting another student to copy homework or a lab write-up
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with grades and class records
  • Using calculators inappropriately. Teachers will advise students as to Alberta Education approved calculators. Calculators that have built in notes that cannot be cleared or any external support devices are not permitted or
  • Writing in-class assessments for others.

Intellectual Misconduct is a serious offence. Penalties include, but are not limited to:

  • Expectation to redo a similar assignment
  • Parental/guardian contact by administration
  • School suspension or
  • Suspension with a recommendation to expel to CBE Student Services
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