Academic Integrity

Students, parents and teachers value the pursuit of knowledge in an honest and challenging manner. Thus, students are expected to behave ethically as they learn with their peers, complete class work and assignments, prepare for and write examinations and participate in other assessments.

Academic Misconduct

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Cheating or helping others cheat by using unauthorized materials and devices, sharing answers and communicating with others during a quiz/test/exam which includes, but is not limited to, whispering, passing notes, signaling, text messaging and exchanging test papers; writing examinations and quizzes for others; use of unauthorized technology such as cell phones or smart watches; 
  • Acquiring and using or attempting to acquire and use confidential course and examination materials; 
  • Using calculators inappropriately. Teachers will advise students about the kinds of calculators permitted and the types of information that can be stored. Calculators that have built in notes that cannot be cleared or any external support devices are not permitted; 
  • Submitting or presenting the ideas and the work of others as your own (plagiarism). 
  • Appropriately quoted and paraphrased passages must be referenced to the original sources;
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with grades and class records.


Academic dishonesty is a serious offence. Penalties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • School suspension; 
  • Loss of the opportunity for a particular assessment e.g. a zero grade on class work, assignment, quiz or examination; a student may be given an opportunity to recover from this grade by completing additional assessments in appropriate circumstances; 
  • Removal from course, program and loss of credits; 
  • Suspension to CBE 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. ​