Academic Honesty Policy

Springbrook High School Code of Academic Integrity
As an International Baccalaureate World School, all Springbrook students are expected to strive to be principled in all
aspects of their lives. To be principled, according to the IB Learner Profile is to, “ . . .act with integrity and honesty, with
a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take
responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.”
Cheating, facilitating cheating, or plagiarism are not consistent with principled behavior and will not be tolerated.
Teachers are expected to communicate to students which assignments are to be completed without assistance.
Teachers will also communicate to students on which assignments they may collaborate, and the extent of collaboration
that may take place. Students are expected to sign an Academic Integrity Statement on specified tests, papers and
“I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this work.”
[Student’s signature]
The Code of Academic Integrity forbids the following:
Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:
 Copying another person’s work.
 Allowing another person to copy your work.
 Using unauthorized notes, aids or written material in any form during a test.
 Unauthorized use of technological devices (cell phones, calculators, cameras, mp3 players/recorders, etc.) when
taking an assessment.
 Talking; copying from another person’s paper; giving or receiving information by signs, gestures, or deception
during any type of assessment.
 Sharing test questions/content with students taking the same assessment at a later time and/or date.
Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to:
 Presenting someone else’s work as your own including the copying of language, structure, programming,
computer code, ideas, and/or thoughts of another without proper citation or acknowledgment.
 Copying word for word, without using quotation marks or giving credit to the source of the material.
 Failure to use proper documentation and bibliography.
 Having someone else do the assignments which are then submitted as one’s own work.
Examples of falsification/lying include but are not limited to:
 Knowingly making an untrue statement verbally or in writing with the intent to deceive.
 Creating false or misleading impressions.
 Forgery of signatures.
Whole or parts used with permission: South Lakes High School Honor Code.
Students will . . .
Exercise academic integrity in all aspects of their work.
Prepare sufficiently for all types of assessments.
Seek extra help from teachers when needed.
Avoid engaging in cheating, plagiarizing, and lying.
Use sources in the prescribed manner.
Report any violations of the Code of Academic Integrity.
Teachers will . . .
Develop, model, and sustain ethical practices within the classroom setting.
Report violations of the Code of Academic Integrity to counselors and administrators.
Confer with those who violate the Code of Academic Integrity.
Contact the student’s parent or guardian regarding a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity.
Parents will . . .
Discuss the Code of Academic Integrity with their child to ensure understanding.
Encourage their child to maintain high standards with regard to integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility.
Support faculty and administration in enforcing the Code of Academic Integrity.
Administrators will . . .
Ensure that the faculty, students, and parents receive the Code of Academic Integrity.
Help contribute to a school-wide environment that encourages adherence to the Code of Academic Integrity.
Require teachers to enforce the Code of Academic Integrity.
Maintain accurate records of Code of Academic Integrity violations.
Ensure that the Code of Academic Integrity is being applied consistently throughout the school.
Violations of the Code of Academic Integrity accumulate throughout the student’s high school career.
First Offense (and all subsequent offenses):
The teacher will notify the student’s administrator and counselor for information purposes.
The teacher will enter the incident into the student’s MyMCPS Communication Log.
The teacher will contact the student’s parent or guardian regarding the violation.
The student will forfeit credit for the work (“0” for the numerical scale, “E” for the letter grade)
Second and Subsequent Offenses:
The student will be immediately referred to the grade level administrator for disciplinary action.
A conference will be held that includes the student’s administrator, the teacher, the counselor, the parent, and the student.
If the student is a member of any honor society, the administrator will notify the sponsor of the society of the violation.
The honor society will decide consequences for the member according to the by-laws of the society.
I have read and understand the Code of Academic Integrity:
Student Signature