Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism School Guidelines

General expectations:

  • Exams are to be written and monitored according to the process outlined in the course syllabus.

  • Most exams are closed-book (unless otherwise stated). Some resources may be allowed (ex. data booklet and a calculator) - this will be clearly stated.

  • Unless the teacher has allowed for groupwork, Assignments and Exams are designed to be written by the student alone without anyone else's help or feedback.

  • Groupwork is to be shared between all members. Assessment rubrics may be reflecting this.

  • Any sharing of questions/answers with other students, or getting other individual’s help or answers is not allowed. Besides limiting the teacher’s ability to assess what the student knows in an area, it is unethical for a student to present someone else’s work as their own.

Possible Consequences of Academic Plagiarism

The great majority of students do abide by the exam rules, but on occasion a few students provide work/exams that indicate this may not be the case. 


  • In these cases, in order to ascertain the validity of student work, the teacher may contact them to have a 1:1 zoom meeting, with the camera on, to verbally walk through a brief set of questions.  Student progress in the course will be paused until this requirement is met.

  • First Offence,  depends on the severity of the situation. A smaller case may result with a teacher conversation and warning with student and parent.  A more serious case may result with the student redoing the assignment.. Parents and administrators will be contacted and informed by phone.

  • Subsequent offences, in any course, may be referred to admin, and may result in marks of zero and possible withdrawal from the course.



In general, work submitted should be created by the student. Taking ideas from sources such as texts, and online sources, and putting them into the student’s own words is often allowed by the teacher (often citing the source is required).  


Teachers sometimes encourage students to reinforce their work by citing a short passage (one or two sentences), which helps prove the point they are making. Proper sourcing quotes is required, and can be clarified by teachers if required.


In most cases, ideas/content from sources and copying them directly into student work is considered plagiarism. This is a serious offense as the student is in essence claiming someone else’s work as their own.

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