Academic Integrity Policy
Integrity is an essential component of the mission and goals of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, including homework and project completion, test taking, and research and writing practices.
Turnitin is an online program which helps writers prevent plagiarism and improve writing quality. Dock teachers require that some papers are submitted through Turnitin.
1. Expected behaviors
- Homework and Project Completion
- It is expected that each student will carefully complete his or her own homework and projects in the manner directed by the teacher.
Students are not to use any method of cheating, such as copying others' work, sharing work for others to copy, having someone else complete the work, or inappropriately using technology to complete work.
2. Test taking
- It is expected that each student will carefully complete all tests and assessments to the best of his or her ability. This includes careful study and preparation, and focused attention on one's own work during the test.
- Students are not to use any method of cheating, such as obtaining unauthorized information about the test, bringing unauthorized materials to the test period, or looking at other students' materials.
3. Research techniques and writing practices
- It is expected that each student will carefully research, take notes, and present his or her findings in a way that respects the original authors and copyrights.
- Students must give credit for:
- another person's idea, opinion, or theory
- any facts, statistics, graphs, pictures or drawings that are not "common knowledge"
- quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words
- a paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words
4. Acceptable Use of Technology
- Technology will be used for academic purposes only within the school's mission, curriculum, and the letter and intent of the board policy including the Christopher Dock Covenant Statement.
Since the arrival of personal computers, the Internet, and the "cut and paste" feature, issues of plagiarism have become more common. Students are not to use any form of plagiarism.
1. Direct Plagiarism
This is the direct, intentional copying of material from a source without giving credit. This ranges from copying short sections of text to copying whole papers. This also includes purchasing papers from "Paper Mills," using another student's paper, or having someone else write the required paper. This is the most serious level of plagiarism.
2. Sloppy citation
This involves any paper with inaccurate or incomplete citations in the text or on the Works Cited page. This includes the use of phrases or a few lines of text without giving proper credit.
3. Patchwork Writing
Patchwork writing involves patching together someone else's ideas into a paragraph. This includes their organization, order of information, ideas, phrases, and/or sentences. Merely changing a few words around is not considered adequate; it is still essential to give credit to the source. Patchwork writing also lacks the synthesis of source materials, including one's own ideas, into the paragraph.
Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism:
1. The course teacher
2. Handouts available in the library for the Works Cited Page and In-Text Citation
3. Director of the Library
4. The MLA Handbook For Writer's of Research Papers — available in the library
5. Any English teacher
6. Web Resources: The library page has valuable resources.
Consequences for Violations of Academic Integrity Policy
As a violation of the Covenant Statement, violations of the Academic Integrity policy will be reported to the Assistant Principal. Consequences will be handled by the classroom teacher and administration in a manner that values integrity, accountability, and education. Possible consequences include, but are not limited to:
1. Reduction in credit, if the student is given the opportunity to redo the assignment
2. A failing grade or a zero for the assignment
3. A failing grade for the course