Honesty Policy

Cheating is defined as:  Any attempt by a student to complete an examination or assessment by unfair means.  Some examples of cheating include:

  1. Plagiarizing – the representation and presentation of work other than one’s own, i.e. copying material from any source (students, the internet, a tutor), and using other’s ideas without acknowledging the source.  This includes essays, assignments, homework submitted for marks, lab reports, computer programs, drawings, sketches, designs, and video or audio tapes, and all other assigned work.
  1. Supplying unauthorized information or work of any kind to another student with the knowledge that it may be copied or used for marks.
  2. Copying from another person’s test paper, or knowingly allowing another student to copy from your test paper.
  3. Obtaining or providing unauthorized information during an examination through verbal, visual, or unauthorized use of books, notes, text, or electronic devices.
  4. Obtaining or providing information concerning all or part of an examination prior to the examination.
  5. Altering or changing test answers after submission for grading; altering or changing grades after grades have been awarded; or altering or changing other academic records

Consequences for cheating may include the following:

  • “0” or mark deduction on the test/assignment.
  • Note on the student’s computer discipline record.
  • Parent contact
  • Ineligibility for Honour Roll, Passport to Education, and scholarships for that
    academic year.
  • Ineligibility for reference letters from staff.
  • Referral to the District Intervention Committee.

NOTE:  Specific consequences are determined by the Administration, after consultation with the supervising teacher on a case by case basis.

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism
When citing sources of information, or quoting from other writer’s work, use the proper formats.  This can be obtained from the Learning Commons/Library