Academic Integrity

Student Code Of Behaviour For Academic Integrity

As a student of Western Canada High School you are expected to live by our motto; Intellegentia, Vires, Virtue. As such you are expected to submit authentic work that represents your individual and original ideas and clearly acknowledges the work of others. Western Canada students are expected to demonstrate personal honesty and integrity.

1. Plagiarism--No student shall submit words, ideas, images or data of another person as the student’s own in any school work for any course.

2. Substantial Assistance--No student shall represent another’s substantial assistance on an assignment as the student’s own work.

3. Cheating--No student shall in the course of a test, examination or other similar activity:

  • obtain or attempt to obtain information from another student or from another unauthorized source,
  • give or attempt to give information to another student *
  • use, attempt to use or possess for the purposes of use, any unauthorized material.

4. Double Submission--No student shall submit work for which credit has previously been given or which is being submitted in another course.

*Please note: It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that someone else does not use their work. Keep assignments secure and protect work from prying eyes during a test.

Consequences

Depending on the severity of the violation, consequences for breaching the Student Code of Behaviour for Academic Integrity may include one or more of the following:

  • documentation of the failure to exhibit academic integrity
  • replacement of the evaluation with an alternate at the teacher’s discretion
  • a reduced grade for the work in question
  • loss of opportunity for a particular assessment
  • referral to an administrator
  • withdrawal from the course and loss of credits
  • school suspension
  • possible loss of status in Honour Society
  • suspension to the Calgary Board of Education Student Services.
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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. ​

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