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Academic Integrity Policy
Academic Integrity involves the positive side of your educational experience at Fraser Valley Distance Education School including authentic learning, creating, exploring and reflecting.
Why Is A Policy On Academic Integrity Needed?
Today, the culture of the Internet involves the philosophy of sharing – whether that sharing occurs legally or not. Because this perception of sharing is so pervasive, it’s often difficult for students to distinguish what is okay, and what is not. Always check with your teacher to see if working with a partner, collaborating or sharing is acceptable.
Distance Education by nature encourages use of the Internet, however, online students need to understand the responsibilities that come with online learning. Students have access to course websites, discussion groups, online tutorials and all sorts of information and resources. The ability and at times the temptation to borrow or just copy & paste information without proper acknowledgement can be very high simply because it's so easy to do in a digital environment.
The Internet also fosters a culture of anonymity. This means that students may be tempted to behave online in ways they would never dream of in a face to face situation simply because they believe no one will know or find out. Therefore, students need to realize that when they work online there are certain standards of behaviour and conduct that are expected by Fraser Valley Distance Education School.
Teachers work very hard to create an environment where academic excellence is promoted and where respect and ethical behavior is encouraged. When Academic Fraud is committed, this not only corrupts the educational process and impedes a student’s academic progress, it also compromises the trust between teachers and students that is fundamental to learning.
In addition to a firm Academic Integrity Policy, FVDES strives to maintain a learning environment that upholds the Human Rights Code and fosters an atmosphere of mutual respect. At all times we expect staff, parents and students to use appropriate language and manners, and to treat each other with the same high standards online as they would face to face.
This policy has been created to help you identify and avoid Academic Fraud and to understand the possible consequences.
What Is Academic Integrity?
The word academic means ‘of or relating to education and scholarship.’ The term integrity describes the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. At Fraser Valley Distance Education School we strive to teach and uphold the highest standards of Academic Integrity.
A student who upholds a high standard of Academic Integrity will produce work that is authentic and true to the knowledge and learning which they have acquired.
Academic Integrity means that students:
- will submit work that is completely their own
- will not practice plagiarism in any form
- will not allow others to copy their work
- will not misuse content from the Internet
What is Academic Fraud?
The opposite of Academic Integrity is Academic Fraud. Academic Fraud includes negative activities such as plagiarism, copying or cheating.
A student commits Academic Fraud when they:
- falsify, copy, share or fabricate research
- use words, thoughts or ideas that are not their own
- copy homework or assignments from another student
- cheat on an examination
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is copying or using ideas, words or images from another person, an online classmate, an Internet source or print source and presenting them as your own.
Some examples of plagiarism include:
- turning in another student's work with or without that student's knowledge
- copying a paper from a source, online or paper, without proper acknowledgment
- copying materials from a source text, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks
- paraphrasing materials from a source text without appropriate documentation.
- submitting a paper from a "free term paper" website, research service or term paper mill
At FVDES we use a variety of methods to ensure student authenticity. One of these tools is Turnitin, an online program that checks student work for plagiarism.
Range Of Consequences For Academic Fraud
Consequences for students caught committing Academic Fraud will be severe and can range from:
- A grade of zero (0) will be assigned for the assignment in question, with no opportunity to make up that work in any way, including extra credit work.
- Depending on the severity of the situation the student may be dropped from the course and receive an F for a final grade.
- In severe and unusual situations FVDES administration reserves the right to administer consequences beyond the identified range.