Academic Honesty Policy

KING ABDULAZIZ SCHOOL
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IN EDUCATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Academic Honesty Policy at King Abdulaziz School
Grades KG- 5

Academic Honesty is “a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessment.” (IB, Academic Honesty, 2007 P.2)

KAS Academic Honesty Policy comprises preventive and disciplinary measures:

  • Preventive measures
  1. Teachers, school staff and parents are our students’ role models; we should exhibit a high degree of honesty on all levels and explain the importance of HONESTY in our life
  2. All teachers find time in their daily lessons to manifest good citizenship behavior including honesty and use the religious instructions to reinforce honesty and other humanitarian attitudes and ethics
  3. Have students reflect on the attributes of the IB Learner Profile and how they relate to honesty as a behaviour
  4. Display posters around the school that show the attributes and the attitudes that IB students strive to achieve all over the world regardless of their gender, colour or ethnic background
  5. Coach students about the importance of academic honesty in the form of fully and correctly acknowledging the work and ideas of others.
  6. Raising students’ awareness with regard to forms of misconduct and academic dishonesty, and the disciplinary measures in case of violation.
  7. Share KAS academic honesty with all school stakeholders.
  • Disciplinary measures

Misconduct at the PYP level is regarded as a learning opportunity where both the school and the parents work collaboratively to instill appropriate ethics in their children. Cases of misconduct and/or academic dishonesty will be dealt with as follows:

  • Step 1:

Teacher draws the student’s attention to the misconduct and   gives time for reflection.

  • Step 2:

Teacher asks student to resubmit the assignment

  • Step 3:

In case of recurrence, parents will be officially informed and asked to collaborate with the school in reinforcing the correct conduct at home.

  • Step 4:

If a student in Grades 4-6 is caught cheating in an exam, he will be made aware of this unaccepted conduct and its bad impact on him as a learner and as a citizen. Notifying the parents in writing will take place then.

 

 

 

MYP Academic Honesty Policy

 

Standard B1.5d:

  • The school has developed and implements an academic honesty policy that is consistent with IB

 

Our school defines academic honesty as a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity in teaching, learning and assessment. We believe that in order to achieve this, it is important that we focus on educating our students to be principled, to recognize and celebrate authentic student work, and to take pride in promoting student learning through inquiry that includes responsible use of information and communication of original work.

Definition

The Academic Honesty Policy is designed to define and clarify the expectations associated with the submission of authentic work. It will provide staff, students, parents, counselors, and administrators with a common understanding of malpractice, define the responsibilities of all parties in preventing malpractice, and encourage principled behavior in the learning environment of our school.

Academic honesty is acknowledging responsibility for the production of students’ own work, recognition of the work of others, and maintaining honor and trust in the learning environments of our schools. In order to understand appropriate academic honesty practice, it is important to clarify behavior that can lead to an unfair advantage in academic work, hereby referred to as malpractice.

Plagiarism

An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and/or the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, by not crediting the original author. Plagiarism equally applies to work other than text (i.e. art, music, etc.). It is important that students understand how to appropriately use another author’s work in their assignments to avoid both intentional and unintentional instances of plagiarism.

Collusion

Supporting malpractice by another student, including allowing one’s work to be accessed or copied

or submitted for assessment by another student. Collusion is to be contrasted with collaboration, which we define as multiple students actively engaged during the course as well as in the creation of a product per the assignment guidelines. It is important to note that teachers must be clear with assignment guidelines to specify what is collaboration versus collusion on any given task.

 

 

Duplication of Work

Submission of the same work, for different assessment components or curriculum components. All assignments should be created newly for the course or assessment unless discussed with the instructor in advance.

Unfair Practice

This is defined as any action that gains a student an unfair academic advantage. It is the understanding of all school personnel that when a student puts his or her name on any assignment, they are submitting it as their own and acknowledging original ownership.

Repercussions

Malpractice incidents will be discussed with the student and then reported to parents, counselors, and administration. Age appropriate consequences will be administered within school’s discipline protocol, based on frequency and recurrence of the violation.

Communication Plan

This academic honesty policy will be published on the school website, discussed in September for each Grade level, and published in student planners where appropriate.

Review of the Academic Honesty Policy

This will be reviewed and updated annually by King Abdulaziz School. If you still have questions after reading this handbook, please contact the IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, at [email protected]