Academic Integrity

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. Plagiarism is most commonly committed through cut, copying and pasting from a web page. 

To avoid plagiarism, teachers will model and demonstrate strategies for note-taking, referencing and citing information. Students have a responsibility to ensure all work submitted is their own words, and credit is given to the intellectual efforts of others. Failure to comply with expectations will result in consequences listed below.

Below is a chart that indicates when you must give credit for another’s work:

Need to Credit No Need to Credit
When you are using or referring to somebody 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.
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.
When you are writing up your own experimental results.

Consequences of Plagiarism

Parents will be notified by the teacher and the student will have another opportunity to do the assignment without penalty. If a second incident occurs, students will receive a zero on the assignment, and parents and the principal will be notified for further discipline.

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