Academic Integrity Policy

At Hill-Freedman, we believe that students must learn in a rigorous environment and be held to the highest standards of academic honesty. We also believe that by promoting the highest standards of academic honesty, we help students become principled thinkers who have the tools to inquire and find answers to their questions and the ability to “act with integrity and honesty” (IB learner profile in review).

Academic Malpractice

“The IBO defines malpractice as behavior that results in, or may result in, the candidate or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment components” (General regulation, IB Diploma Program, 2014). The following are examples of malpractice:

  • Plagiarism: this is defined as the representation, intentionally or unwittingly, of the ideas, words or work of another person without proper, clear and explicit acknowledgment
  • Collusion: this is defined as supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another
  • Duplication of work: this is defined as the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements
  • Paraphrasing: this is defined as the restatement of someone’s work in another form. In order for it to be allowed, the source needs to be acknowledged
  • Fabrication of data: this is defined as manufacturing data for an experiment and for mathematical exploration/project
  • Falsifying a CAS record or documentation
  • Disregarding the IB DP Examination Code of Conduct during IB Exams (Academic Honesty Guide, IBO, 2009)

Academic Misconduct Consequences

If a student has engaged in academic misconduct, the following consequences will be given:

  • Students will receive no credit, and may be required to complete a comparable assignment, with or without credit
  • Student will receive a referral to the DP Coordinator
  • The teacher will notify parents

If a student engages in academic misconduct a second time:

  • Students will receive no credit for the assignment, quiz, or test and will not be given a chance to revise
  • The teacher will notify parents
  • The DP Coordinator and Administration will set up a conference with parents

In addition, if misconduct involves any work to be submitted for an IB Diploma assessment, the work will not be submitted to IBO which will result in no diploma being awarded. If the DP Coordinator is not able to confirm misconduct but suspects it, the incident will be reported to the IBO, the incident will be investigated by an IBO committee, and “If the final award committee decides that a case of malpractice has been established, no grade will be awarded in the subject(s) concerned” and “no diploma will be awarded” (Handbook of Procedures).

Hill-Freedman students have the right to have a parent present in any discussion of an incident of academic misconduct.

Academic Integrity Responsibilities

Coordinator

  • Communicate academic integrity policies and expectations to teachers and students
  • Ensure that the academic integrity policy is aligned with IB expectations and undergoes an annual review.
  • Provide candidates and invigilators with information about examination regulations.
  • Post the academic integrity policy on the school website and ensure that it is included in syllabi
  • Review cases of academic misconduct and assign consequences or refer cases to administration

Teachers

  • Explicitly teach students about academic integrity, plagiarism, and citation
  • Explicitly instruct students how to cite and format according to MLA guidelines
  • Structure and provide clear examples and expectations of assignments to minimize opportunity for misconduct
  • Be vigilant and immediate in assessing student work and discerning instances of academic misconduct
  • Include the Academic Integrity Policy in course syllabi
  • Check the authenticity of any work submitted to IBO: Extended Essay, TOK essays, Internal Assessments
  • Teach students discipline-specific research skills, including summarizing and evaluating/choosing sources

Students

  • Read and become familiar with the Hill-Freedman Academic Integrity Policy
  • Submit only original work
  • Cite and acknowledge all sources, including sources taken from websites
  • Create and correctly format works cited pages
  • Use the Modern Language Association (MLA) standards for formatting and citation

Parents

  • Read and become familiar with Hill-Freedman’s Academic Integrity Policy
  • Communicate to students the importance of academic integrity
  • Support the teachers and administration if the student has been found guilty of malpractice