Hoover Meredith Academic Honesty Policy

Philosophy:
Academic honesty is a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and effective practice in teaching, learning and assessment. Hoover and Meredith communities place a high value on academic honesty. Honesty is expected of all learners and is modeled and monitored by instructional staff and the school communities. The IB Learner Profile underscores our commitment to learners being:
o Principled – Learners credit others for their ideas and work
o Caring – Learners are celebrated for their own thoughts, ideas and work
o Reflective – Learners are evaluated based on their own work
o Thinkers – Learners develop their own perspectives and ideas

Definitions:
Academic Honesty promotes personal integrity, the use of original ideas and gives full acknowledgment to others’ work.
Plagiarism is using another’s words or thoughts without crediting or acknowledging the source.
Cheating is an attempt to gain an unfair advantage by means of technology misuse, claiming unoriginal work and using unauthorized sources to receive credit.
Copying is duplicating answers or work for someone else or allowing others to replicate work.

Roles and Responsibilities
Teachers will:
– Provide clear guidelines for learning tasks
– Teach learners how to cite sources and avoid plagiarism
– Model good practice in academic honesty
– Scaffold large assignments and create “checkpoints” throughout processes

Learners do:
– Produce original work
– Respect the creative efforts of others
– Cite information from other sources
– Acknowledge collaborative work
– Use a recognized method of citing sources

Learners don’t:
– Allow others to copy work
– Do homework for other learners
– Use technology for the purposes of cheating
– Copy from other learners
– Plagiarize

Parents do:
– Allow and encourage learners to demonstrate their own work and thinking
– Understand and support the schools’ academic honesty policy

Process and Consequences
If academic dishonesty is suspected, the incident will be investigated to determine whether an infraction occurred. If an instance of academic dishonesty is discovered, the misconduct will be documented and the student will be required to resubmit the task. Repeat and/or serious offenses of misconduct will result in disciplinary action stated under the Des Moines school district’s code of conduct.

For the complete Hoover Meredith Academic Honesty Policy, contact Holly Meagher, IB Coordinator.