Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an important part of the climate of integrity and fairness that exists at Sir Wilfrid Laurier.  It is important that all members of the school community maintain high standards of integrity and that students' achievement reflects their own ability, knowledge and skill.

School Response to Academic Dishonesty

When a student acts with academic dishonesty, several things may occur.  Students that make a poor choice copying may receive a zero on the assignment.  A record of the dishonesty will be put in the student's file.  The student's teacher may phone home and discuss the issue with parents.  The teacher may send the student down to the office to have a discussion with an Administrator and the Administrator may phone home and talk with parents. The Administration of the school may decide that a suspension is warranted if the acts of dishonesty are repeated several times.

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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. ​