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.
- 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
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
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.