Academic Integrity

The full academic integrity policy is reproduced below:

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is the principle and practice of respect for the ideas and works of others as well as yourself. It means that all work you submit is created by you and is an original representation of your work and your thoughts. (Outside sources are often necessary on assignments, but must be referenced and cited.)

Students who practice academic integrity will: • Write and submit their own, original work on assignments • Cite any outside sources that they use to inform their academic work • Cite any outside sources that they use to inform their thinking on a particular assignment. If you agree with an author’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but don’t cite that author as a source, that is still academically dishonest because you have acted as if the author’s ideas are your own. • Make every reasonable effort to document all sources used on an assignment. • Share original work with other students cautiously, and only for the purpose of discussing ideas. Students should never turn in two copies of the same essay or do each other’s work, unless specifically instructed to work on a group project together.

Why do we value academic integrity?

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of learning at Oregon Virtual Education (ORVED). We recognize and respect the intellectual property of other authors and require our students to do the same.

Our teachers use a variety of tools to ensure academic integrity, including:

• Turnitin.com

This internet database compares student work against a variety of databases to ensure the work is the student’s own, original thinking.

• Google

Simple Google searches for the text of an assignment can often reveal if work is original. Teachers regularly conduct Google searches to check the integrity of assignments.

• Teacher expertise

Teachers have extensive classroom experience, and their expertise assists them in identifying potential areas of concern.

• Discussion-based assessments

Discussion forums within the course, as well as ad hoc teacher-to-student discussions over email and the phone, are used to allow students to express their own ideas about a topic. Discussions allow students to demonstrate mastery of concepts in an informal, spontaneous environment.

Examples

Below are some examples of academic integrity violations: • Plagiarizing (stealing and using as your own) work from other authors or web sites without quoting, referencing, or citing them. Plagiarism can be in the form of a single stolen sentence, a photo by another photographer submitted as your own, or an entire article that is ripped off. • Providing questions/answers/work to another student • Copying questions/answers/work from another student • Purchasing an essay online • Buying or obtaining copies of old exams • Selling your work to other students

Consequences

First Offense:

  • Teacher will report incident to ORVED
  • Incident is documented
  • Student will receive a zero on assignment with a retry 

 Second Offense :

  • Incident is reported to ORVED
  • Incident is documented
  • Zero on assignment with out a retry
  • Principal contacts family and develops an academic plan for student 

Third Offense :

  • Incident is reported to ORVED
  • Incident is documented
  • Student is contacted by principal
  • Student is removed from course with a failing grade