Academic Integrity

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is an important part of the climate of integrity and fairness that exists at Thomas B Riley School. It is important that all members of the school community maintain high standards of integrity and that student’s achievement reflects their own ability, knowledge, and skill.

Students act without academic honesty when they:

  • Plagiarize – the unacknowledged use of another person’s work and the presentation of that work, in whole or part, as one’s own, or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing one’s work to be used in this fashion. This may include presenting the words or ideas of another as one’s own or submission of the same work to more than one teacher without the teacher’s consent.
  • Obtain or provide unauthorized information concerning all or part of an assignment or examination prior to, or during, the examination, take an examination for another student or arrange for another person to take an exam in one’s place.
  • Alter or change test answers after submission for grading, alter or change grades after grades have been awarded or alter or change other academic records, making any other attempt to alter grades using means that have not been or would not be approved by your teacher.
  • Use unauthorized materials including unauthorized electronic information or devices during an exam or assignment.
  • Provide materials for another student to copy.
  • Intentionally miss a quiz or test or submit an assignment late in order to obtain information or gain an advantage over other students.

School Response to Academic Dishonesty

When a student acts with academic dishonesty, several things may occur. Students that made 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 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. ​

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