We value academic honesty at CHeS and hold our students accountable because God has called us to live a life of honesty and integrity; He calls us to honour one another and we can do so by honestly accomplishing assignments and giving credit to other’s work when appropriate.
Because we operate in a unique and flexible online environment, it is especially important that we take great care to educate our students and children on “giving credit where credit is due”. We desire for each of our students to model the highest standard of academic honesty in their educational pursuits. CHeS will therefore not tolerate academic dishonesty of any sort, including plagiarism, sharing false learning information, using artificial intelligence (AI) to complete assignments, or cheating on tests/exams/assessments.
The Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines plagiarism in the following manner: “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source.” Plagiarism includes (adapted from Wallaceburg Christian School):
Our Teacher Mentors are trained to watch for instances of plagiarism and can easily spot when an assignment does not match the students’ ability or regular manner of writing. Sometimes, unintentional plagiarism can occur because of a lack of understanding of the protocol when using someone else’s words (Dickerson). In these cases, it is the responsibility of the parent and Teacher Mentor to help correct the issue.
When a student is found to be in violation of our academic honesty policy, the Teacher Mentor will be in direct communication with the parents and consequences may vary, depending on the circumstance. Possible consequences may include any of the following:
If you would like more information on plagiarism and how to cite properly, please visit the resources listed below:
Dickerson, Lee Ann. "Writing With Integrity: Serious Talk About Plagiarism." Crosswalk: The Intersection of Faith and Life. N.p., 30 Jan 2013. Web. 31 Mar 2013.
Author Unknown. "Academic Honesty Policy." Wallaceburg Christian School Society - Board Policy Manual. Wallaceburg Christian School, June 2010. Web. 30 Mar 2013.
Lastly, one of our teachers recently designed an Academic Integrity Module that would be helpful for High School students: link here.