Academic Integrity

Intellectual Honesty Policy

In our pursuit of integrity at Crescent Heights, 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.

Teacher’s Responsibility

  • Students will be made aware of the Intellectual Honesty standards at Crescent Heights. 
  • Care and diligence will be exercised when planning a test environment. 
  • Students will be taught how to correctly reference and cite information. 
  • Intellectual dishonesty will be noted in a student’s file

 Student’s Responsibility

To be intellectually honest a student must …

For tests or examinations

  • refrain from copying another’s answers; 
  • use only materials or equipment that has been approved for use during a test or exam; 
  • refrain from communication in any form to fellow students; and 
  • follow all posted directions and expectations.

For papers 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.

Consequences of Intellectual Dishonesty


Copying another’s answers, sharing one’s answers, bringing in copied information, or using electronic equipment inappropriately on a test or examination may result in one or more of the following:

  • a mark of zero on that test or examination 
  • removal from course 
  • school suspension

The teacher will document the occurrence of such intellectual dishonesty in the Assistant Principal’s working file. Cheating on a mid-term or final examination may result in a suspension by the Assistant Principal and possible withdrawal from the course. A failing grade for the course may be assigned.


First Offence: The teacher will present evidence of plagiarism or cheating, discuss it with the student and request an explanation. Depending upon the response from the student, and at the teacher’s discretion, the assignment may be re-done or the mark awarded reduced. Course failure could occur as a result. The teacher will note the occurrence of intellectual dishonesty and it will be filed in the appropriate Assistant Principal’s working file.

Second Offence: When the Assistant Principal notes plagiarism or cheating a second time, the student will be interviewed in the presence of teacher(s) who have noted the intellectual dishonesty. In most cases the student will receive a zero on the assignment. Parents will be notified and removal from the course is a possibility.

Third Offence: The student will be suspended. An interview with the appropriate administrator and parent will be necessary.

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​​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.

We expect our students to act with academic integrity, and to use their own knowledge to demonstrate authentic learning. We expect our students to be honest and ethical in their schoolwork and in how they deal with others. Our teachers support students' authentic and ethical learning through teaching when and how to cite resources, by using online tools like Turnitin, and a variety of other ways.

When To Give Credit in Your Work

Need To Give Credit​

  • When you are using or referring to someb​​ody 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 use information gained through interviewing another person.
  • When you copy the exact words from somewhere.
  • When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, and pictures.

Don't Need to Give Credit 

  • ​When you are writing your own experiences, your own observations, your own insights, your own thoughts, your own conclusions about a subject.
  • When you are using common knowledge, common sense observations, or shared information.
  • When you are using generally accepted facts.
  • Whe​n you are writing up your own experimental results.

Academic Expectations

Students are expected to behave according to the CBE Student Code of Conduct. Students who knowingly misrepresent the work of others as their own, or allow their work to be copied, act outside of the parameters of academic integrity. If this happens, we use Progressive Student Discipline so that teachers, parents, and school leaders can help students take responsibility for their learning to achieve their academic goals. ​