Policy statement - Requirements and expectations

ISB mission statement “We learn and grow in unique ways to become lifelong learners and responsible global citizens.” is directly linked with the Academic honesty policy.

We feel that the principles of academic honesty and honesty in general, are an inevitable component of responsible global citizenship and international mindedness.

Academic honesty in the advancement of knowledge requires that all students and instructors respect the integrity of one another's work and recognize the importance of acknowledging and safeguarding intellectual property.

At ISB, Academic honesty is an essential element for the future success of our students as well as the school’s standing in the global academic community.

The International School of Brno conducts all tests and examinations in line with the rules and regulations that apply to all international examinations.

Academic honesty at ISB means that all work* submitted by students (homework, coursework, projects, examination scripts and even oral work) must be the student’s own work. Where sources are used or referred to, they must be fully and appropriately acknowledged. Ignorance of academic honesty regulations does not excuse misconduct.

* student’s own writing AND ideas

It is very important that all students and legal guardians fully understand what academic honesty is as well as the consequence.  Therefore, all Year 10 - 13 students and their legal guardians will sign the Academic Honesty declaration at the end of this document.

Academic dishonesty 

Academic dishonesty or misconduct can involve any of the following:

Consequences for academic dishonesty or malpractice - Secondary

Consequences for academic dishonesty or malpractice - High School

Note: The consequence for cases of clear Academic Dishonesty on assignments that are externally marked or moderated by either Cambridge International or the International Baccalaureate Organisation is immediate expulsion* from ISB.  

* if a student is expelled, all applicable tuition fees are still due in        accordance with the Payment Agreement        

Honesty in the context of IB education

IB learners strive to be principled, meaning that candidates 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 (ref: IB Learner profile, revised in August 2013). Misconduct or dishonesty may put the student’s IB Diploma in jeopardy. Repeated misconduct or malpractice can lead to the ultimate exclusion of the student from IB Diploma programme.

IB Student - academic honesty declaration

Every candidate studying the Diploma Programme, regardless of their registration category, will sign a declaration stating that all work submitted for assessment will be their own work. This does not negate the need to sign the candidate declaration on the cover sheets submitted with the work to be assessed or moderated.

IB randomly checks candidates’ work for plagiarism using a web-based plagiarism prevention service. The vigilance of examiners who are adept at identifying text and material that is not the authentic work of a candidate is an additional deterrent. This action protects students who adhere to good practice while exposing those who do not.

Prevention of malpractice in IB DP

Students and their legal guardians receive a copy of the General regulations: Diploma Programme and access to other important publications related to academic honesty (specifically: Effective citing and referencing and Academic Honesty in the Diploma Programme brochure).

All IB DP candidates receive formal tuition in research and study skills and a copy of the Academic Honesty policy at a workshop with the school's librarian during the first week of DP 1. Every student will sign a declaration, which emphasize the principles of Academic honesty. Throughout the two years of the programme, the IB coordinator and the librarian make sure that academic honesty tuition is an ongoing process and all teachers are available to offer further advice and guidance.

ISB, in line with IB recommendations and practice, may submit random or selected pieces of work to external bodies for verification and evaluation of sources. Students should be able to submit electronic copies of any work to either the teacher or the relevant curriculum coordinator for such verification at any time. It is recommended that students keep all rough notes and drafts that they produce in preparing work for submission to teachers or examiners in order to be able to defend themselves against charges of malpractice.

ISB uses Turnitin anti-plagiarism software as a useful tool for electronically collecting work that will be submitted to Diploma examiners. All Extended Essays and ToK Essays will be submitted this way and checked for originality. And subject teachers will tell students if they want any particular piece of work to be submitted through Turnitin.         

                                        

Procedure for Investigating Suspected Cases of Academic Dishonesty

                                        

If a teacher, or another member of staff, suspects that a student may have breached the school’s standards of academic honesty, he or she will inform the IB DP Coordinator. The matter will be investigated, and the student will be informed of the concerns of the teacher, giving the student the chance to reply to the accusations. If it can be shown that inappropriate work has been submitted, the IB DP Coordinator will make a recommendation to the head of school as to whether or not the case is one of academic dishonesty, or of an academic infringement. Again, in line with the IB’s policy and practice, the determining difference between these two possibilities will be one of intent. The Principal will decide the outcome of the case.

                                

                        

                

Student Declaration

I hereby declare that I am aware of what constitutes Academic Dishonesty as well as the consequences of it at ISB as described in this document.  I promise to submit original and authentic work and to properly cite any writing or ideas that are not mine.

__________________________                               ________________________

              Date                                                                  Printed student name

Student signature:

Legal guardian Declaration

I hereby declare that I am aware of what constitutes Academic Dishonesty as well as the consequences of it at ISB as described in this document.

__________________________                               ________________________

              Date                                                                          Printed name

Legal guardian signature:

                                                                           

                        

                                

                                        

                                

                        

                

                

Sources

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Handbook of procedures, 2016

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Academic Honesty in the IB educational context, 2014

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, General regulations: Diploma programme, 2014

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, IB learner profile, 2013

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Effective citing and referencing, 2014