ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY OTR

OTR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME

Policy Review: September 2022

Our Mission

OTR International School provides quality education to pre-school, primary and lower secondary level pupils within an inspiring, challenging, multilingual and international environment by ensuring individual follow-up and the well-being of each student. Our students are encouraged to become active and lifelong learners who show empathy, compassion and respect and help to create a better world.

Our Vision

OTR International School seeks to create a community of lifelong learners who are confident, balanced, caring and inspired to thrive in their life and workplace. Our school accepts children from the age of three offering a multilingual education. Pupils develop their bilingualism every day with qualified teachers whose mother tongue corresponds to the language chosen. Our school puts more emphasis on students’ personal development by encouraging them to be more creative and prepare them for life by making practical connections between their studies and the real world. We aim to further incorporate in our school’s mission and vision and cultivate as many of the properties and values outlined in the IB learner profile.

Purpose of the Academic Honesty Policy

This document has been created in order to make clear the school’s philosophy related to academic honesty and describe the rights and responsibilities of all members of the school community. It aims to offer guidance to all members of school community ad answer all questions related to academic honesty.

The policy has been based on OTR International School Mission Statement, on the IB Learner Profile and on the Standards B1.5d and C3:4 of the International Baccalaureate Document Programme Standards and Practices (2014) for the Middle Years Programme.

Standard B1:5d – The school has developed and implements an academic honesty policy that is consistent with IB expectations.

Standard C3:4 – Teaching and learning promotes the understanding and practice of academic honesty.

Students following any IB program are expected 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. Students are expected to take responsibility for their actions and their consequences. *

Academic Honesty Philosophy***

Academic honesty is an essential aspect of teaching and learning in IB programmes where action is based on inquiry and reflection. However, we live in an age where access to information has increased enormously due to technological progress, and it is essential for our students to be taught to act with integrity and honesty in their education and in their lives. Students are encouraged to take pride in their own achievements and, in addition, recognise and respect the work of others. 

Our main objective is to ensure that all students understand the importance of academic honesty and are made fully aware of the consequences and the disciplinary actions the school may take in case this policy is not respected. We consider it is the school’s role and responsibility to inform students, teachers and parents about the seriousness of academic misconduct in all its forms. Teachers are expected to be role models and ensure that their work fully complies with this policy. Students should be made aware that there is no form of academic dishonesty which could be accepted while they are supported to feel confident and proud of their own work.

The Academic Honesty Policy is made available to all members of the school community. The school will use any appropriate and effective system in order to identify academic misconduct and the students will be encouraged to use this system to check their work.

Academic Misconduct

The International Baccalaureate organization 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 components of assessment.

There are many forms of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, collusion, duplication of works, misconduct during exams and even disclosure of information. The actions listed below consist expressions of academic dishonesty and the school will take disciplinary actions once identified. The list is not exhaustive.

Collusion: Copying from or allowing another student to copy from a test, homework or any other material in order to gain academic credit; working with another person on a summative assessment in which a student is expected to prepare individually.

Misconduct during an exam: Using material not authorized by the teacher during a test or homework assignment; having a private conversation with other classmates during a test.

Plagiarism: Presenting a research paper or homework assignment prepared by another person; cutting and pasting from any sources which are not used as references in one’s work; using the work of another person without making any reference to the person.

In general, any behaviour or act in order to deceive the school or the teacher and create an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for a member of the school community is considered academic misconduct and any failure to comply with the school’s Academic Honesty Policy will result in disciplinary actions.

Student responsibilities

OTR International School expects students to be honest in their academic work. All students are asked to agree on the academic honesty policy when enrolling in our school. It is made clear to students and parents that any failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary action. Students are strongly encouraged to support each other in respecting the policy. The students are expected to respect their work and the work of others.

When students use another person’s work, they are expected to acknowledge the source of information by using quotation marks and /or bibliographic citations for the material they have used and list the author in the references of their assignment.

Students should strive to create original work after processing sources. Work copied on the whole from other sources, even when cited in the references, will not be accepted.

Teachers Responsibilities

Teachers will ensure that students fully understand the meaning of academic misconduct and the Academic Honesty policy. Students will be encouraged to feel confident in presenting their own work and avoid any form of academic misconduct. Teachers should help their students in developing effective studying strategies and avoid studying or working in the last-just before exams or assignments. A common problem that occasionally leads to academic misconduct is the overload of students with several extracurricular activities. Teachers should ensure that students are aware how to prioritize their work. Its essential that teachers discuss with their students and explain about all forms of academic dishonesty.

In general, the teachers and the school management will aim at helping students develop their study skills, prioritize their work and use effective strategies to avoid any academic misconduct.

In order to promote academic honesty, teachers need to agree on their expectations and teaching strategies within and across subject groups. They must be supported by other school staff, such as librarians. **

Additionally, teachers are expected to be role models for the students and refer to any documents or to the origin of their work in case they use material or resources of another person, respecting the intellectual property rights of others.

In collaboration with the school management, the teachers will ensure that they identify any act of academic dishonesty and they implement the discipline measures as described in the policy.

School responsibilities

The school has the obligation to provide a safe learning environment for all students while encouraging integrity and honesty. The school will teach students how to use other people’s work. The procedures to follow in case of academic misconduct will be made clear to all members of the school community.

Parents responsibilities 

Parents need to be aware of the academic honesty policy and support their children in its implementation. Parents should pay attention to the amount of extracurricular activities of their children as an overload might lead to academic dishonesty strategies due to lack of time.

It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that their children know how to prioritise their work and always have sufficient time for studying for their exams and assignments.

Consequences in case of academic misconduct

The school’s disciplinary council will decide on the discipline measures to be taken and these will be based on the nature and severity of the infraction and the number of previous infractions. A students’ involvement to any act of academic misconduct may lead to the one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

  • The student will receive a written warning.
  • The student’s work will not receive a grade for his work.  
  • The student may be asked to redo the assignment.
  • The student may be excluded from school trips and other activities organized by the school.
  • Major academic honesty infractions will be included in the student’s personal file.
  • The student may be temporarily or permanently excluded from OTR International School;

The school will keep records of each situation related to academic misconduct. The records will be made available to the disciplinary council before coming to a decision on the disciplinary action to take.

According to the internal school rules, if a student is sent to a disciplinary council because of a breach of academic honesty, he/she will be accompanied by his/her parents/guardians (Internal Rules, Disciplinary Councils, page…)

Review of the policy

The policy will be reviewed in 2022

Resources

*https://www.ibo.org/contentassets/fd82f70643ef4086b7d3f292cc214962/learner-profile-en.pdf

**https://ibo.org/globalassets/digital-tookit/brochures/academic-honesty-ib-en.pdf

****Academic honesty in the IB educational context