Academic honesty policy
Honesty is the cornerstone of academic research and the teachers will do their best to guide the students to good academic practice. The students themselves are always ultimately responsible for all work they submit. They are encouraged to ask for additional guidance whenever they are uncertain about the proper procedure.
Ressun lukio expects all its students to bear in mind and adhere to the principles of academic honesty in all their work.
The IB Learner Profile states that IB students aim to be principled and “act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere”.
The IB DP General Regulations Document - version published in Sept 2016 - defines academic misconduct as “behaviour (whether deliberate or inadvertent) that results in, or may result in, the candidate or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage” in one or more assessment components. The same applies to behaviour disadvantaging a student.
These ideas form the basis for the academic honesty policy in Ressun lukio. The importance of academic honesty is emphasised from the first school day on. All teachers discuss how this applies to their own subject throughout the DP and the topic is also introduced in group meetings. Students have access to the IB Document "Effective Citing and Referencing". Academic honesty has its own section in our IB DP Handbook.
An IB learner respects and acknowledges the creative and original efforts of others.
All work submitted for assessment must be the student’s own. Any work (ideas, words, pictures etc.) of others must be fully acknowledged. Direct quotations must be in quotation marks. Direct quotations and paraphrased ideas must both be appropriately acknowledged. Teachers give guidance to the students on conventions of appropriate citation styles and ways of acknowledging original authorship.
While students will often be asked to collaborate during their studies, collusion is forbidden: all work to be assessed individually must be produced independently and cannot be the same as someone else’s unless specifically stated otherwise in the IB DP subject guidelines.
DP teachers monitor the authenticity of student work in various ways. Search engines can be used to find resemblances and validate references. With bigger tasks, the teachers must see the development of the students' work through the various stages so that they can vouch for the process. Suspicious work will not be assessed.
Academic misconduct also includes – but is not limited to - plagiarism, fabrication of data, misconduct during examinations and duplication of work.
The IB DP General Regulations document specifically discusses certain forms of academic misconduct:
- Plagiarism: the representation – intentional or not – of the ideas or work of another person without proper clear and explicit acknowledgement.
- Collusion: supporting academic misconduct by another candidate, eg by allowing one’s work to be copied.
- Duplication of work: presentation of the same work twice for different assessment requirements.
- Misconduct in IB exams: accessing unauthorized material, disrupting the exams, communicating in exams etc
- Unethical behaviour: eg not following ethical guidelines in research, submitting inappropriate work
- Any other behaviour that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate (for example falsifying a CAS record, disclosure of information to and receipt of information from candidates about the content of an examination paper within 24 hours after a written examination – via any form of communication).
All forms of plagiarism and cheating are forbidden and students caught will be penalised.
- Any breach of these regulations will be discussed with the student and reported to the DP Coordinator. The parents and the principal may be included in the discussion.
- Suspicious work will not be assessed.
- Any malpractice discovered by the IB will always be formally investigated.
- If the IB decides not to issue a grade in a subject that contributes to a candidate’s IB Diploma, the candidate will not be awarded the IB Diploma in the exam session. In cases of serious or repeated misconduct, the student can even be disqualified from participating in future exams.