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Academic Integrity

 

Atlanta International School Academic Honesty Policy Rationale

As reflected in our Mission Statement, AIS strives to develop community members that, “have a solid sense of self and respect for others—as individuals, as members of a group, as citizens of their nations, and as members of the global community.” Students support this in their Student Statement of Beliefs when they pledge to, “respect who others are, to have a solid sense of who we are, and to strive to develop our beliefs and sense of self through respectful coexistence and interactions with other members of the AIS community” and vow to, "commit to academic honesty including but not limited to never cheating and/or plagiarizing.” These beliefs can find their foundation in the ten characteristics articulated in the IB Learner Profile. To this end, it is imperative that the community recognize the importance of integrity, not just in academic areas, but in every aspect of daily life.

Policy

All members of the AIS community are expected to adhere to the academic honesty standards set forth in this document. Community members should take advantage of the expertise and resources of the school librarians when questions arise about plagiarism, copyright, other ethical issues, and good academic practice for referencing sources. Teachers will not only teach academic honesty but will also model good practice. Administrators will support them in this effort. Parents also have a role to play by becoming informed of the expectations placed on students and supporting these practices. Together, all community members, working under the same understandings, will create an environment that promotes academic honesty.

This policy promotes good practices and provides assistance in understanding and following the academic honesty policy and goals of the school. To aid in the understanding of these goals, common definitions of key terms can be found here. Age appropriate descriptions for how academic honesty pertains to referencing, group work, homework, classwork, tests, and exams can be found for PYP, MYP, and DP. It is understood that this academic honesty policy is integrally related to and is a part of our policies with respect to use of technology and student use of mobile devices; this is reflected in the school’s Responsible Use Policy. The AIS community will follow the Modern Language Association style for referencing of sources, as applied in an age appropriate fashion following guidelines for K through 2 and Noodletools for grades 3 through 12.

Consequences

If members of our community do not respect these academic honesty guidelines, the open communications policy and the procedures that support student expectations will be followed. Consequences for a diploma student who is found to have committed malpractice may include action by the International Baccalaureate Organization in accordance with its Academic Honesty publication.

Special Considerations as an International School Community

Special effort should be made to make sure that cultural and language differences do not impede the understandings needed by all parties involved. Especially in a school community which reflects a variety of cultural backgrounds, parents and other legal guardians’ understanding of the cross-cultural perspectives of academic honesty is vital.

Academic Honesty: PYP, MYP, DP

Academic Honesty in PYP

The Learner Profile and the attitudes are the basis for the development of academic integrity in our students.
•    Students take responsibility for their own work.
•    Students work individually unless otherwise instructed.
•    Students recognize the difference between individual work and group work.
•    Students give credit to other people working in the group.
•    Students do not copy other people’s work.
•    Students reference sources according to agreed-upon (age-appropriate) bibliographic formats for each grade.
•    Students use information technology and library resources responsibly.


Academic Honesty in MYP

The MYP strives to create principled, balanced learners per the IB Learner Profile through a focus on intercultural awareness, communication, and holistic learning. Because of these areas of focus in the MYP, students will often be working in collaboration with their peers and using sources from experts all over the world to respond to the MYP unit questions. Therefore, we expect students to meet the following expectations:
•    Students are expected to work together, to recognize and encourage contributions of others in the group.
•    Students are expected to know that the purpose of an assessment, summative or formative, is to show what they know, understand, and can do and must provide their own work.
•    Each group member takes responsibility for his or her roles/tasks and ensures that the other members of the group understand the task and their responsibilities.
•    When a product is required from a group, the product should reflect each member’s contribution.
•    Each student’s work should be explicitly acknowledged.
•    Each student is capable of reflecting on his or her participation and the participation of the other members of the group.
•    Students are able to reflect on the group’s processing and communication.
•    Students will always appropriately give credit to any outside research used to inform their product.


Academic Honesty in the DP

“The Diploma Programme (DP) requires academic rigor and active involvement in all aspects of the curriculum [. . .] Behaving and learning in an ethical way means students will observe to following practices” (“Ethical Practice in the Diploma Program” 1).

In the DP, students will work individually to complete DP required assessment tasks as well as in groups. In addition to the references to group work listed in the MYP Academic Honesty Policy, DP students are expected to meet the following expectations:
•    Students are expected to complete all of the work submitted for assessment in the DP according to the DP Policies.
•    Students know that the purpose of an assessment, summative or formative, is to show what they know, understand, and can do and must provide their own work.
•    Students understand what constitutes plagiarism and use the tools, such as TurnItIn.com, Noodletools, MLA resources, and the school librarians to properly cite any sources, images, data, and/or ideas.
•    Students must also recognize that any behavior or activity that gives them unfair advantage goes against the school’s and IB’s philosophies. Activities like this include the following:

  • Using an electronic device to store information to retrieve it during a testing situation
  • Sharing an assignment with a peer when the assignment is an individual one
  • Submitting an assignment for multiple purposes
  • Deliberately missing an assessment without a valid excuse
  • Students will abide by the conduct of the examinations as published by the IBO

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Secondary School Responsible Use Policy

Rationale

As reflected in our Mission Statement, AIS strives to develop community members that “have a solid sense of self and respect for others—as individuals, as members of a group, as citizens of their nations, and as members of the global community.”  Students support this notion in their Student Statement of Beliefs when they pledge to, “respect who others are, to have a solid sense of who we are, and to strive to develop our beliefs and sense of self through respectful coexistence and interactions with other members of the AIS community” and vow to "commit to academic honesty including but not limited to never cheating and/or plagiarizing.” These beliefs can find their foundation in the ten characteristics articulated in the IB Learner Profile. To this end, it is imperative that the community recognizes the importance of integrity, not just in academic areas, but in every aspect of daily life.


Why a Responsible Use Agreement?

At AIS, we expect that all members of the community--students, faculty, staff, and administration--use technology in a responsible manner. These guidelines are important, because if you don’t follow them your actions might affect you, your peers, or even the entire AIS community. So do the right thing; follow the guidelines.

Respect and practice the principles of community

• It’s a small world, and we’re a global community; You’re entitled to your opinions, but remember that what you say can be seen all over the world, and something you say in one culture might be inaccurate or offensive in another.
• Engage fully with the environment you’re in; Stay focused on the task at hand.
• Seek help from an appropriate adult or colleague if you see or read something that makes you feel uncomfortable.


Respect and protect your privacy and the privacy of others

• Use only your assigned accounts and passwords.
• Keep your own passwords secure and never use others’ passwords.
• When accessing or posting on social networks or other online environments, think about how your actions might reflect on yourself and how they might affect others.
• Get permission before sharing personal information or pictures of others.


Respect and protect the intellectual property of others

• Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t make it yours! Give credit to your sources and ask a librarian if you aren’t sure how to do it. Check out our Academic Honesty guidelines for more info.


Respect and use all electronic devices in an appropriate manner

• Be a good role model in your use of technology and electronic devices; Remember there’s always someone who will follow your example.
• Technology is a tool; Use it when appropriate, put it away when it’s not.
• Remember that the web filter and other safeguards are there to protect all members of our community.

Our online behavior and use of digital tools should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration that we use face-to-face. These rules apply whether you’re using a school-owned device, or one that you brought from home; whether you’re using the school’s Internet connection, or using the network connection on your mobile phone, laptop, or other personal device.

Community members who do not follow and uphold these standards will be addressed in line with school policy.

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Bibliographic Format for Lower Primary School

Print Resources

   
BookFormat Guide:Author (last name, first name). Title of Book (underlined). Place of Publication: Name of Publisher,   Year of Publication. Print.
   
   
 KindergartenInformation Book
   
 First GradeStewart, Melissa. Insects.
   
 Second GradeStewart, Melissa. Insects. New York: Children's Press. 2012.
   
   
   
EncyclopediaFormat Guide:Author (last name, first name). "Title of Article." (in quotes) Name of Encyclopedia (underlined). Edition. Year of Publication. Print.
   
   
 KindergartenEncyclopedia
   
 First Grade"Insects." The World Book Encyclopedia.
   
 Second Grade"Insects." The World Book Encyclopedia.   2005.
   
   
   
Magazine ArticleFormat Guide:Author (last name, first name). "Title of Article." (in quotes) Name of Magazine (underlined). Date of Issue (month and year): Page Range of Article. Print.
   
   
 KindergartenMagazine
   
 First Grade"Spider Man." Ranger Rick.
   
 Second GradeMontgomery, Sy. "Spider Man." Ranger Rick. May 2012.
   
   
   
Newspaper ArticleFormat Guide:Author (last name, first name) (if given). "Title of Article." (in quotes) Name of Newspaper (underlined). Date of Issue: Number of Section and Page. Print.
   
   
 KindergartenNewspaper
   
 First Grade"Ladybugs Eat Tomato Crop." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
   
 Second Grade"Ladybugs Eat Tomato Crop." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 10 May 2012
   
   
   

Online Resources

   
Online Encyclopedia from DatabaseFormat Guide:Author (last name, first name). "Title of Article". (in quotes) Name of Encyclopedia (underlined). Name of Publisher. Name of Database (underlined). Web. Date You Read It.
   
 First Grade"Insects." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online Kids. 
   
 Second Grade"Insects." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online Kids.   15 August 2005.
   
   
   
WebsiteFormat Guide:Author (last name, first name). "Title of Page." Title of Entire Web Site. Sponsoring Organization. Date of E Publication. Web. Date You Read It .
   
   
 First Grade"The Persian." Cats & Kittens.
   
 Second Grade"The Persian." Cats & Kittens. 16 September 2005 .
   
   
   
   
Photograph from DatabaseGuide Format:Contributor. Description of Image. Photograph. Name of Database (underlined).Web. Date of Access.
   
 First GradeBaby Alligator. Photograph. Primary Search.
   
 Second GradeBaby Alligator. Photograph. Primary Search. 16 September 2005.
   

 

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Key Terms

Plagiarism

the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own

Collusion

supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another


Duplication of Work

the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements

Intellectual Property

property that results from original creative thought

In-text Citations

citations that come at the end of a sentence in a paper, within parentheses, that identifies the source of that particular piece of information (also known as parenthetical references)

Academic Dishonesty

see malpractice


Malpractice

plagiarism, collusion, duplication of work, or any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate

Paraphrasing

restating another person’s words using your own words

Summarizing

the process of giving a brief description of another’s main points

 

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CURRICULUM

Rachel Hovington
Head of Curriculum and
Professional Development
rhovington@aischool.org
404-841-3857

Alan Preis
Director of Technology and
21st Century Learning
apreis@aischool.org
404-841-3852

Francoise Monier
IB Diploma
Program Coordinator
fmonier@aischool.org
404-841-3881

Jennifer Ruppel
IB Middle Years
Program Coordinator
jruppel@aischool.org
404-841-3840 x214

Leonie Ley-Mitchell
IB Primary Years
Program Coordinator
lley@aischool.org
404-841-3840 x200

Brenda Hasham
CAS Coordinator
bhasham@aischool.org
404-841-3840 x413


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