ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
The Ministry of Education “promotes and encourages a consistent approach to academic integrity and student responsibility” and supports the establishment of effective communication expectations, “including timely submission of schoolwork and avoiding plagiarism” (Ministry of Education, 2011). As outlined by the Ministry of Education, student plagiarism is the “unacknowledged use of someone else’s words, ideas or creations as one’s own whether deliberate or accidental. It is the process of taking another person’s work, ideas or words, and using them as if they were your own. Plagiarism includes copyright infringement, as well as the use of non-copyright materials, such as copying a paper written by a family member or friend and using it as if were your own”; conversely, academic integrity is the “evidence of one’s own learning through demonstration of responsibility, honesty, trust, and respect (Academic Integrity and Student Responsibility: Guidelines, 2011). Academic integrity is a shared educational value in education. The International Centre for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. RCSD staff are expected to align assessments with these six values while students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity in their work. Both staff and students have a shared responsibility when it comes to creating a culture of academic integrity. Actions such as cheating, plagiarism, submitting the work of a friend, parent, or a purchased paper (internet) will be addressed in proactive ways. Students are provided education within their courses from their teachers and the teacher-librarian regarding the appropriate referencing of materials (MLA for language courses and APA for social science courses). Referencing tools that support student learning include, but are not limited to Ref Works, Noodle Tools, OWL by Purdue, Citation Machine, and Turnitin. Consequences for this act will be determined by the specific circumstances, exercising progressive discipline; however, a student can expect to receive a verbal or written warning, partial marks for original work with no marks for plagiarized portions, incomplete grade code flags, and/or the expectation to re-do. Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools have presented both opportunities and challenges for educators. AI tools, via programs and algorithms, generate and revise many kinds of products. It is a teacher's responsibility to communicate assessment expectations, and this includes when and if AI tools can be used. Using an AI tool, when not advised, may lead to consequences outlined above.
Additional information about ways that undermine academic integrity:
Academic Integrity and Artificial Intelligence Pre-Quiz
In addition to this information, courses will have an Academic Integrity and Artificial Intelligence Pre-Quiz near the beginning of their courses. Students must complete this quiz (not a part of their grades) before they move on with their coursework. This is meant as an information and education piece for students to learn what is acceptable in terms of Academic Integrity and Artificial Intelligence.
if you have any questions about what is or is not acceptable, please reach out to your specific course teacher.