Plagiarism Policy

Our expectation of online students is that they act with integrity and make every effort to present original and/or documented source work when submitting assignments. If a student plagiarizes, they have violated the school expectations and there will be consequences.

Here is a dictionary definition of plagiarize from Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language:

To steal or purloin and pass off as one's own the ideas, words, artistic productions of another; to use without due credit the ideas expressions or productions of another

Credit, in the form of a citation, must be given for any content in an assignment that is not original. 

 Plagiarism Levels & Consequences

Plagiarism Level

Level 1

Most of the student's work is original but there may be phrases and/or a few lines that have not been cited correctly.

Level 2

Significant portions of the assignment are not the student's own work. Multiple paragraphs and/or someone else's ideas have been used without proper acknowledgement. This also included repeated paraphrasing of someone else's work.

Level 3

The majority of the work has been copied from another source. OR this is the second time the student has plagiarized at level 2.

Level 4

Second time the student has plagiarized at level 3 OR the third time at level 2.

Consequence

Level 1

The student mark will be reduced between 15 and 50%, depending on the amount of plagiarism that is found in the work.

Level 2

The student mark is 0% on that assignment. The student will be given one chance to re-do the assignment and one additional essay assignment will be given. The student's parents will be informed.

Level 3

The student mark is 0%. No chance to re-do or complete make-up assignments. The student's parents and administration will be informed. A note will be placed in the student's file.

Level 4

The student will automatically fail the course.

Please Note: In order to deter and detect plagiarism, teachers have access to extensive plagiarism detection websites and programs.

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