Since IKNS made the decision that the IB Learner’s Profile is the best expression of its Philosophy and Mission Statement, and since this decision was spelled out in great detail in the document entitled “IKNS Framework for Teaching”, the unavoidable conclusion is that trust and honesty are central to having teaching and learning flourish at IKNS.

In contrast, acts of academic dishonesty replace the independent learning that we strive to achieve with undesirable outcomes – such as dependency on others – that may lead to the students’ lack of self-confidence, or worse, to their lack of self-worth.

The key to creating an IKNS culture that rejects academic honesty is to increase the level of awareness among the members of its community. The list of definitions below defines what are considered to be academically dishonest acts. It includes acts we are thus far aware of. The list is by no means exhaustive. These definitions cover some but not all possibilities, especially as technology advances.

Definitions:

  • Cheating: includes using unauthorized notes, study aides, or information on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned and then resubmitting that work; submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior permission from the course instructors.
  • Plagiarism: submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely one’s own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source.
  • Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation, presenting data that were not gathered in accordance with standard guidelines; not defining the appropriate methods by which the data were gathered or collected.
  • Obtaining an Unfair Advantage: (a) stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the instructor; (b) unauthorized collaboration on an academic assignment.
  • Aiding and Abetting Academic Dishonesty: (a) providing material, information, or other assistance to another person with the knowledge that such aid could be used in any of the violations stated above, or (b) providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity.
  • Falsification of Records and Official Documents: altering documents affecting academic records, forging signatures of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of permission, petition, drop/add form, ID card, or any other official school document.

Prevention of Academic Dishonesty

IKNS encourages all teachers to submit students’ work to external bodies for verification and evaluation of sources. Teachers are also encouraged to give clear instructions to students to keep all rough notes and drafts. The existence of documents that show how the students’ work evolved over time allows students and teachers to guard themselves against acts of academic dishonesty.

Procedure for Investigating Suspected Cases of Academic Dishonesty

If a teacher suspects that a student may have breached the school’s policy of academic honesty, the teacher will inform the relevant Head of Department or Coordinator. Together they will investigate the suspected case, and will inform the student of the concerns of the teacher, giving the student a chance to reply to the accusations.

In general, there should be clear evidence that the student committed an act of dishonesty. For example, students will be found guilty of plagiarism only if there is clear evidence in the form of source material that has been copied; which is an act that clearly shows the student’s intent to be dishonest. Suspicion of plagiarism is not enough.

If it can be shown that inappropriate work (plagiarized, copied from other students, previously handed in, and so on) has been submitted, the Head of Department or Coordinator will make a recommendation to the principal of the school as to whether or not the case is one of academic dishonesty. The determining factor in settling such disputes is the school’s ability to build a case to clearly establish the student’s real intent.

The Consequences of Academic Dishonesty


Consequences for 1st offense:

Assessment tasks are no longer valid if students choose to be academically dishonest. IKNS does not award grades for invalid work. The teachers will complete an incident report and a copy of the report will go into the student’s file. The principal will notify parents and may initiate a conference with the parent and student.

Possible consequences for 2nd offense:

The student will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee. Possible consequences to be determined by the committee may include, but are not limited to, suspension, course credit loss, and removal from sports teams and school societies and other activities.


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