What is the Plagiarism/Academic Integrity Policy?

Blyth Academy Online Plagiarism Policy

In the event of incidents of academic dishonesty, the student and Principal will be notified of the occurrence, of the consequence, and of the potential consequences of subsequent incidents.

The following is a list of academic violations along with their respective consequences:

Improper Citation

The student fails to utilize a citation method in the piece. Teachers will generally specify which citation method is required, however, should this guidance not be given, students are expected to follow either MLA, CMS, or APA formatting.

Grades 9 and 10

First Instance: A warning and an opportunity to redo the piece.

Subsequent Instance: A warning and an opportunity to redo the piece.

Grades 11 and 12

First Instance: A warning and an opportunity to redo the piece.

Subsequent Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 75%.

Unaccredited Paraphrasing

The student uses an idea (in different wording) from a source and portrays it as their own without a citation. To be safe, students should use a citation when in doubt.

Grades 9 and 10

First Instance: A warning and an opportunity to redo the piece.

Subsequent Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 75%.

Grades 11 and 12

First Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 75%.

Subsequent Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 50%.

Unaccredited Verbatim

The student uses an idea that is word-for-word from a source and portrays it as their own without a citation.

Grades 9 and 10

First Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 75%.

Subsequent Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 50%.

Grades 11 and 12

First Instance: An opportunity to redo the piece to a maximum grade of 50%.

Subsequent Instance: A grade of zero. No opportunity to resubmit.

Full Plagiarism

The student uses a piece that was written by someone else and attempts to pass it off as their own work.

Grades 9 and 10

First Instance: A grade of zero. No opportunity to resubmit.

Subsequent Instance: A grade of zero. No opportunity to resubmit.

Grades 11 and 12

First Instance: A grade of zero. No opportunity to resubmit.

Subsequent Instance: A grade of zero. No opportunity to resubmit. The student may be removed from the course.

Virtual Classroom Evaluation

Some courses contain a Virtual Classroom Evaluation at the mid-point of the course. This evaluation is mandatory in order for students to earn their course credit. Students' level of understanding of the course material (based on their current grade) will be compared to the student's ability to demonstrate their understanding during the Virtual Classroom Evaluation. Should there be a severe discrepancy, teachers may assign a grade of zero on the evaluation. Students will have 5 days to appeal the grade, at which point they will be given an opportunity to prove their understanding via a second Virtual Classroom Evaluation. The second attempt will be graded to a maximum grade to be determined by the teacher based on the scenario (i.e. a maximum grade of 75%). Teachers also reserve the right to adjust the weighting of the final exam to 30% should there be academic integrity concerns in order to reflect a more authentic final grade.

Quizzes, Tests, and Exams

Students must write quizzes, tests, and exams alone without the assistance of friends, parents, tutors, or any other person. Students are not to access any outside material, including coursework and/or notes with the exception of formula sheets in certain assessments where it has been indicated as permitted by the teacher and in the assessment details. Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or similar documents may be permitted to utilize outside material upon approval from the Blyth Academy Online office.

Students that copy information from their course, their notes, or any other source and present them as their own answers will be given a grade of zero on the entire assessment. Answers that are very similar to those given in the course content will be investigated to determine whether they could be committed to memory or not within reason.

Any violation of the aforementioned is considered a serious academic offence and a grade of zero will be applied to the entire assessment and students may be removed from the course without credit.

Completion of the final exam is a requirement for earning the credit for a course at Blyth Academy Online. Exams must be proctored (supervised). Students with health concerns or concussions will still be required to write their final exams, however, accommodations will be made to assist them. Please contact the Blyth Academy Online office at techsupport@blythacademyonline.com to discuss further as these scenarios are handled on a case-by-case basis.

A student's performance on the final exam will be compared to their overall performance in the course. If there is a major discrepancy between coursework and the final exam performance, Blyth Academy Online reserves the right to investigate the situation, which may or may not include re-writing of unit tests, re-submission of assignments, and a web conference discussion surrounding the contents of the final exam. Blyth Academy Online also reserves the right to remove students from a course without earning a credit in cases where severe levels of academic dishonesty have been found.

Students will be required to answer questions on quizzes, tests, and exams via the video note feature built into the system. For all video submissions, students must make their face visible in order for teachers to adequately identify them. If students refuse to show their face in the video, this will be considered academic dishonesty and the student will be penalized or may be removed from the course without credit.

 

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