ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

PHILOSOPHY


In the MYP, the early and mid-adolescence years are crucial for self-development. It is a time when many students experience increasing personal, family and peer pressure in order to achieve and perform in life. In this context, academic honesty must be seen as a larger set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessments. Academic honesty is a part of being “principled”, a learner profile attributes where learners strive to “act with integrity and honesty”.


Students of SMK Seri Tualang are expected to strive and  develop the attributes of The IB Learner Profile that are embedded throughout the curriculum and in the school’s daily life. Therefore, the IB Learner Profile is the cornerstone of the school’s Academic Honesty Policy. In developing SMK Seri Tualang’s academic honesty policy, we encourage our students to be:


• Inquirers – who acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research

• Knowledgeable – who explore concepts, ideas and issues

• Principled – who act with integrity and honesty, taking responsibility for their own actions

• Open-minded – who are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view

• Risk takers – who are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


These qualities, when applied to learning and student works, will establish skills and behaviours whichwill  support good practices to be found in the classroom, used for homework assignmentsand to be continued to the examination level. The good practices are expected to be introduced, modelled and used throughout the school. 


FORMS AND DEFINITIONS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY


1. Cheatingis defined as depriving of something by deceitful or unfair means to receive credit for school work. Some of the examples are copying from one’s notebook answers (e.g., on quizzes and tests), or copying someone else’s schoolwork due to various reasons (e.g., procrastination, difficulties, laziness etc.)


2. Plagiarism is defined as a form of cheating when you present another person’s words or ideas as your own without giving the originator credit for the information. Some common examples of plagiarism are copying information from a book without using quotation marks and without including a bibliography at the end of the assignment listing the sources used. All information on academic assignments that is not common knowledge must be cited and documented.


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


4. Paraphrasing is defined as using an author’s idea by rewording or rearranging the author’s original words. Paraphrased materials still require the student to acknowledge the source.


GENERAL GUIDELINES


SMK Seri Tualang places a high value on honesty and this extends to work submitted for assessment. Teachers are expected to work with students from the beginning of their participation in the MYP, to develop shared understandings about cheating, plagiarism, and other instances of academic dishonesty. Our expectations are as set out below. All members of the community need to be aware that the school treats academic dishonesty as a very serious matter.


The academically honest student of SMK Seri Tualang:


DOES

• His/her own work

• Acknowledge help from parents, other students and friends

• Acknowledge the source of direct quotations

• Acknowledge the information taken from books, CD-ROMs and the Internet

• Acknowledge reference materials in a bibliography

• Know what constitutes cheating and abides by the rules

• Follow all exam rules.


DOES NOT

• Illegally bring notes during a test unless allowed by a teacher

• Copy answersfrom another student during a test

• Copy the homework from another student

• Hand in work as his/her own that has been copied

• Do homework for another student

• Give another student his/her own work to copy

• Communicate with other students in obtaining answers during a test.


In a consistent and sufficient way,  thestudents will receive guidance on instructions on:

• Use of the Library and Internet

• Basic note taking skills

• Simple paraphrasing and adaptation of source material in appropriate ways.

• Ways to acknowledge sources in writing and speech. 

• Relevant use of direct quotations and citations.

• Simple ways to acknowledge information derived from electronic sources.

• What constitutes cheating


STYLE OF REFERENCING


SMK Seri Tualang uses APA style of referencing. APA style is a format for academic documents such as journal articles and books. It is codified in the style guide of the American Psychological Association (APA), titled the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It is a combination of text and reference in the reference list of information sources used in an assignment or task. The basic elements in a reference are as listed below:

• Author

• Year of publication

• Title 

• Publication information (volume, issue, issue, pages)

• Additional information (URL) if necessary


CONSEQUENCES OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY


Students will receive a ‘zero’ or ‘no credit’ for an assignment attempted or completed through cheating. At the discretion of the teacher, the students may be required to complete the assignment (or an equivalent). If the new work can be accepted in terms of honesty and deadlines, it must be marked according to the achievement level descriptors. 



APPENDIX: ‘APA’ CITATION STYLE EXAMPLES
 Material Type
 In-Text Citation
 Reference List & Notes
Book: Single author
(Pegrum, 2009)



(Asmah, 2001)

Pegrum, M. (2009). From blogs to bombs: The future of electronic technologies in education. Crawley, W.A: UWA Publishing.

Asmah Omar. (2001). Kemahiranberbahasa. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: PenerbitanPustaka Antara.
Book: Two authors
  (O’Donoghue& Clarke, 2010)

But when outside parenthesis:
O’Donoghue and Clarke (2010) suggested that...

O’Donoghue, T., & Clarke, S. (2010). Leading learning: Process, themes and issues in international contexts. London: 
Routledge.

 Book: 3-5 authors
  First citation:
(Ranzijn, McConnochie, & Nolan, 2009)

Subsequent citations:
(Ranzijn et al., 1997)

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2009). Psychology and indigenous Australians: Foundations of cultural competence. South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave MacMillan.

Newspaper article in print
 (Hatch, 2006)
Hatch, B. (2006, July 13). Smoke lingers for those who keep hospitalityflowing. Australian Financial Review, p. 14.

Newspaper article: No author
 (“Comstock drill plans,” 2009)
Comstock drill plans reined in. (2009, January 9). Upstream: The International Oil and Gas Newspaper, p. 20.

Newspaper article online: Electronic database
 (O’Leary, 2006)
O’Leary, C. (2006, June 29). Landmark study to aid push for publicsmoking ban. The West Australian, p. 14. Retrieved from 
Factiva.

Newspaper article online: freely available on the web
 (Hilts, 1999)
Hilts, P.J. (1999, February 16). In forecasting their emotions, most people flunk out. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Newspaper article in print
 (Hatch, 2006)
  Hatch, B. (2006, July 13). Smoke lingers for those who keep hospitality flowing. Australian Financial Review, p. 14.

Newspaper article: No author
  Use first few words of article title in quotation marks
(“Comstock drill plans,” 2009)

Comstock drill plans reined in. (2009, January 9). Upstream: The International Oil and Gas Newspaper, p. 20.

Newspaper article online: Electronic database
 (O’Leary, 2006)
O’Leary, C. (2006, June 29). Landmark study to aid push for publicsmoking ban. The West Australian, p. 14. Retrieved from Factiva.

Newspaper article online: freely available on the web
 (Hilts, 1999)
Hilts, P.J. (1999, February 16). In forecasting their emotions, most people flunk out. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

 Web page
 (Australian Psychological Society, 2008)
Australian Psychological Society. (2008). Substance abuse: Position statement. Retrieved from   
http://www.psychology.org.au/publication/statements/substance/

Web page: No author
 (“Improve indigenous housing”, 2007)
 Improve indigenous housing now, governments told. (2007).        Retrieved from http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=10220
Web page: No date
 (Jones, n.d.)
 Jones, M. D. (n.d.). Commentary on indigenous housing initiatives.   Retrieved from http://www.architecture.com.au
Web page: No author or date: With quote
  (“Mindfulness mediation”, n.d., para 8)

Count paragraphs if not numbered

  Mindfulness meditation. (n.d.). Retrieved from 
  http://www.freemeditations.com/mindfulness-meditation.html

Web page
(Australian Psychological Society, 2008)
Australian Psychological Society. (2008). Substance abuse:  
Position statement. Retrieved from 
 http://www.psychology.org.au/publication/statements/substance/

Note: When citing an entire website and not a particular document on the website give the address in-text only. No reference entry required (See APA Style Guide to Electronic Sources, 2013, p. 32)

Web page: No author
  (“Improve indigenous housing”, 2007)

Use the first few words of the page title

 Improve indigenous housing now, governments told. (2007).  Retrieved from http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=10220
Web page: No date
 (Jones, n.d.)
 Jones, M. D. (n.d.). Commentary on indigenous housing initiatives. Retrieved from http://www.architecture.com.au
Web page: No author or date: With quote
 (“Mindfulness mediation”, n.d., para 8)
Mindfulness meditation. (n.d.). Retrieved from 
http://www.freemeditations.com/mindfulness-meditation.html

Web page
 (Psychological Society, 2008)
Australian Psychological Society. (2008). Substance abuse:  
Position statement. Retrieved from 
http://www.psychology.org.au/publication/statements/substance/

Web page: No author
 (“Improve indigenous housing”, 2007)
Improve indigenous housing now, governments told. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.architecture.com.au/i-cms?page=10220
 Blog
 (Brown, 2008)
Brown, M. (2008, November 1). A royal pardon for the British witches?  [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.worldhistoryblog.com

As cited and edited from HERE.


*Last Updated On 7 June 2016