Academic Integrity

Q: What is Plagiarism?
A: Plagiarism, also referred to as academic dishonesty or academic fraud, is the act of deliberately or accidentally presenting someone else’s ideas and efforts as your own.

Q: What constitutes plagiarism?
A: Plagiarism includes the following and similar actions:

Absent or Fraudulent Credit

  • failing to provide citations (give credit) for ideas, quotations, images, music that are not your own

  • cutting and pasting from the Internet and print sources

  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation/idea

  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

Fraudulent Assignments/Content

  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work – whether you give credit or not

  • turning in someone else’s work as your own

  • buying papers from the Internet or other people

  • having someone else complete an assignment/test for you (for payment or not)

  • submitting an assignment that you completed for another course

  • falsifying or inventing data, quotations, information

Copying Other Students’ Work

  • copying or gathering information from another student on an assignment or in a test/exam – with or without consent

  • copying or gathering information from someone else’s homework with or without consent

Using Aids

  • bringing in and using notes, “cheat sheets”, formulae for a test/exam (unless permitted by the teacher)

  • using calculators and similar tools when not permitted

  • using smartphones to access notes or the Internet during a test/exam or an in-class assignment

  • using phones to text friends or parents for answers

Inappropriate Collaboration

  • working as a group or in partners when the assignment is not group work

Q: How will students be informed about plagiarism/academic fraud?

A: At the beginning of the semester in all classes, teachers will inform students of what are the behavioral and academic consequences of academic fraud.

Q: What are the potential consequences of plagiarism/academic fraud?


  • Work that is plagiarized or is not the student’s original material will not be included among the evaluation evidence that is considered for grading purposes.

  • Fraudulent work provides “zero evidence” of a student’s knowledge or skills related to the expectations being evaluated. A mark of zero will represent the student’s absence of that learning.

  • Where fraudulent work has been identified, the following consequences will be undertaken. The student will be required to complete an alternative assignment within the marking period to demonstrate achievement of the overall expectations.




  • Disciplinary meeting with teacher and/or VP

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  • Parents are notified
  • Disciplinary meeting with teacher and/or VP
  • Student is ineligible for school awards


  • Parents are notified 9if student is under age of 18)
  • Disciplinary meeting with teacher and/or VP
  • Student is ineligible for school awards
  • Principal will not sign post-secondary scholarship applications
  • Staff will not provide reference letters
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