Academic honesty policy in MH

Academic Honesty Policy at Hamrahlíð College (MH)

The school’s mission is to prepare students for study at the university level. The school aims to be a model for progressive teaching and expects students to be willing to take on responsibility. Therefore, academic honesty in the school is crucial.

The responsibilities of the students

Pre-IB and DP students are independent learners and Hamrahlíð College emphasises their independence. The school expects its IB students to strive to fit the IB learner profile by being principled and acting with integrity and honesty.

It expects its students to exercise academic honesty and good academic practices in all their work, both oral and written, whether it be produced in class, outside class, or on final exams.  This includes projects, assignments, homework, lab-work, lab reports, CAS documentation and reflections, essays, research papers and creative work.  Good academic practices include acknowledging any sources used within an assignment, carefully citing them and including a bibliography using an appropriate academic referencing system. This applies equally to sources in print, online and other recorded forms.

Students must understand what constitutes academic malpractice, which includes but is not limited to plagiarism, duplicate use of work, collusion of malpractice with another student and misconduct during examinations. If students are unsure whether something constitutes academic misconduct they should consult their teacher. It is ultimately the students’ responsibility to familiarise themselves with the school’s academic honesty policy.  Not being informed of what constitutes plagiarism does not excuse students in the case of academic misconduct.

The responsibilities of the teachers

Individual subject teachers are expected to regularly demonstrate and remind students of appropriate ways to carry out research and acknowledge sources.  All student research papers should be carefully cited and accompanied by a bibliography.  Subject teachers are responsible for introducing the academic conventions in their field.

Teachers should remind their students regularly of the consequences of breaking the school’s rules about plagiarism and collusion. Teachers should confer regularly with each other to keep up to date on the assignments their students undertake. They should also keep a record on essay subjects for future reference.  Teachers should also use Turnitin technology to verify all longer essays and written work by students.

The responsibilities of the school

It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that its students receive guidance in academic honesty and training in the correct use of sources in academic work. This guidance should take place at various places and stages: in formal classes in the pre-IB programme; with the help of the school’s librarians; in individual subject classes when introducing major assignments, such as the IAs; and in discussions between students and their EE supervisors.

Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the school to make sure that teachers are trained in new technology to help promote academic honesty and kept up to date on new developments in the IB’s policy.

The responsibilities of the parents

DP students are independent learners. It is expected that parents provide students with a supportive learning environment at home. It is also expected that they allow students to make their own mistakes. Parents should not produce, edit or re-write student work.

Measures taken to provide education and support

Pre-IB students receive an introduction to the IB’s and the school’s academic honesty policy. This is reinforced in the DP courses and at the start of all major DP assignments (EE, TOK essay, IAs).

The school’s librarians are always available to students for assistance with referencing and appropriate source searching.

Drafts of written works are not considered final submissions for the purposes of academic honesty. Students who make mistakes in citations and bibliographies have the opportunity to correct them, and students who are suspected of academic dishonesty may be given an opportunity to address the problem, amend their work and resubmit.

Reporting and recording of academic misconduct

All minor cases of academic misconduct, such as copying homework and student collusion in class, are noted by the teacher in question.

All major cases, such as plagiarism and cheating on exams, are reported to the DP coordinator and the principal and recorded.

The rights of the student, if suspected of a breach of academic honesty

Students suspected of academic dishonesty are given a chance to explain themselves to the DP coordinator and the principal.

Students who face severe consequences for academic transgressions, such as a fail grade for a whole course, expulsion from the DP or expulsion from the school, have the right to have a parent or another advocate present for discussions about their case.

Consequences of academic misconduct

A suspected case of academic malpractice in an externally assessed component of a student’s grade will be reported to the IB.

A student who is caught cheating on a final exam or plagiarising an essay or another assignment will fail the course. The student will furthermore receive a written reprimand from the principal.

Serious cases or repeated violations will result in the student being expelled from the school.

Reviewing the Academic honesty policy

The academic honesty policy should be reviewed regularly, at least every five years and every time the IB updates its academic honesty policy.

Any change in the policy has to be approved by the pedagogical leadership team, but the policy can also be reviewed in a DP teachers’ meeting.

Síðast uppfært: 16. apríl 2018