Academic Honesty

Academic honesty procedures are established to identify all expected outcomes related to the authenticity of the submitted work and the student conduct during the examination, and to insure that all involved parties in the process are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing all types of malpractice and of the consequences of any breach.

To implement this policy, our students are encouraged and expected to meet the following profile:

  1. Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  2. Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across abroad and balanced range of disciplines.
  3. Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  4. Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  5. Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  6. Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  7. Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  8. Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  9. Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  10. Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Malpractice

Malpractice is behaviour that results in, or may result in the candidate or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage on one or more assessment component, and it includes:

Plagiarism: this is defined as the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own.

Collusion: this is defined as supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another.

Duplication of work: this is defined as the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements.

Any other behaviour that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate (for example, taking unauthorized material into an examination room, misconduct during an examination, falsifying a CAS record).

Roles and Responsibilities:

Prevention, detection and investigation of malpractice are a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders in the academic process. The school, the coordinator, the librarian, the teacher, the student, parents or legal guardians and the private tutor’s roles should be clear and defined to ensure that academic honesty is maintained. The roles and responsibilities of the whole stakeholder are outlined as follows:

The School
  1. Supporting the IB in preventing, detecting and investigating malpractice.
  2. Communicating the Academic honesty procedures to all the concerned parties through the school website, online, brochures, school assemblies, etc ….
  3. Establishing a clear school policy promoting the academic performance along with a school culture cherishing the academic honesty.
  4. Emphasizing the roles and responsibilities of all the concerned parties in encouraging the academic honesty and providing advice for the students to ensure the production of authentic work for assessment.
  5. Forming an academic honesty committee responsible for investigating the suspected cases of malpractice and authorised to take required measures when needed.
  6. Setting up procedures for the school academic honesty procedures to be reviewed on yearly basis and to be properly represented.
The Coordinator
  1. Ensuring that the academic honesty procedures and the consequences of malpractice are well understood by the teachers, the students and their parents and that they are familiar and have full accesses to the academic honesty procedures and related publications.
  2. Ensuring that guidance on studying skills is communicated to the students by the teachers as well as ensuring the best methods to conduct research and writing and conventions for acknowledging sources.
  3. Facilitating the task of the academic honesty committee.
  4. Facilitating the proper conduct of examination and maintaining it.
  5. Providing the students with a convention for documenting the sources and ensuring that there is a consistent approach to acknowledging sources across all subjects.
  6. Ensuring confidentiality in dealing with the suspected cases of malpractice by the teachers and students.
  7. Updating the parents during and after investigating into malpractice and documenting all interactions.
  8. Documenting and reporting any case of malpractice to IB.
The Librarian
  1. Reviewing the academic honesty procedures.
  2. Being an important resource for all the students and teachers in the information literacy organizing workshops to help them know the use of citations.
The Teacher
  1. Reading and implementing the school academic honesty procedures.
  2. Reviewing the most effective ways to avoid malpractice.
  3. Ensuring familiarity with malpractice.
  4. Teaching methods of effective citing and referencing.
  5. Providing guidance of study skills, academic writing, and resources and acknowledging resources.
  6. Supporting the students in the preparation of their work.
  7. Being vigilant to any change in the writing style of the students.
  8. Checking the students’ work before submission.
  9. Confirming to his(her) best knowledge that the submitted work for assessment is authentic.
  10. Setting an example of academic honesty.
  11. Monitoring the testing environment.
  12. Treating all cases of malpractice with confidentiality and reporting to the IB coordinator for referral to the academic honesty committee.
The Student
  1. Reading, understanding and abiding by the school academic honesty procedures.
  2. Making sure that all the submitted work is authentic.
  3. Respecting the set internal school deadlines to allow time for revision of the submitted work before the submission of the final version.
  4. Refraining from having a teacher, a private tutor, or a parent write part(s) of the submitted work or buying such work online.
  5. Cooperating with the academic honesty committee in case of malpractice and if referral is made.
Parents or Legal Guardians
  1. Understanding and abiding by the school academic honesty procedures.
  2. Encouraging the academic honesty and supporting the school‘s promotion of good academic honesty.
  3. Making sure that all the submitted work is authentic.
  4. Refraining from writing part(s) of the submitted work or buying such work online.
  5. Cooperating with the academic honesty committee.
The Private Tutor

The assistance of private tutoring is allowed provided that the submitted work is not rewritten by the tutor by parts or in its entirenity.

Strategies to Avoid Malpractice

  • Develop and implement an academic honesty policy that is. Consistent with IB expectations.
  • The school's academic honesty policy should live in the classroom and not on the shelf of the school's administration All teachers (member staff) have to explain and discuss the criteria for evaluating the student's performance as follows: describe acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, give examples of plagiarism, cheating, dishonest conduct and collusion.
  • Recognize signs of stress in students and make sure that students are aware of school resources that they can use to help them in lifting up their low grades or when they feel under pressure.
  • The school must ensure equal access to study material (assignments, exams, old homework assignments).
  • Ensure that all students feel that they can succeed in all classes without having to resort to dishonesty; students have the right to be encouraged by talking to the staff members (teachers) if they have difficulties and be provided with assistance that will prevent cheating.
  • Ensure focusing on honesty skills, making these systems of life in daily school hours as it is part of the school vision.

Avoiding Malpractice in

  • Giving Test "in all sections".
  • Defining the meaning of "cheating" and clarify that it is not permitted.
  • Clarifying the consequences of cheating.
  • Ensuring the presence of a staff member in the room at all times.
  • Ensuring a suitable seating plan for students and a place for putting their personal belongings far away from them.
  • Checking the students Calculators with empty memories.
  • Supply scratch paper.
  • Ensuring a calm and silent exam room by not allowing students to rush chaotically or leave their seats.
  • Making sure all students sign an attendance sheet, count those present at the exam, collect exams and make certain that the number of examinees matches the number of exams.

Students' Issues

  • Students have to use their own words, and never write answer or essays directly from Textbooks or other sources of information.
  • Students have to use quotation marks to identify the words of someone else and avoid "Cutting and pasting" text from the internet, textbook or other sources.
  • Students have to contribute in class and groupwork so they do not end up depending on the ideas and effort of others.

The Investigation and consequences of Malpractice

  • The candidates are responsible for ensuring that the final version of any work is authentic.
  • Candidates themselves must bear the consequences if they submit any work for assessment that is not their own, regardless of whether the plagiarism was deliberate or a careless act. The same principle applies to collusion."
First offense:
  • No credit will be given to the student for his/her work (zero).
  • The student will have a meeting with the teacher to explain the reason for the malpractice.
  • The student has to re-do the work, and the IB coordinator, the parents have to be notified in writing.
  • The student has to sign a formal letter for his/her file.
Second offense :
  • No credit will be given to the student for his/her work (zero).
  • The student will have a meeting with the teacher to explain the reason for the malpractice.
  • The IB coordinator will be informed by a formal letter from the teacher listing all facts of the malpractice.
  • IB coordinator will discuss the malpractice with the student.
  • IB coordinator will notify the Academic Honesty Committee and set up a meeting with the student, parents, teacher, principal and committee.
  • Depending on the inputs of the Academic Honesty committee, IB coordinator and Principal will discuss and come up with the decision whether the student will be removed from the IB Program or get penalty according to the school code of conduct.