Academics

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
• Sands values honesty, therefore, any form of plagiarism or cheating (academic dishonesty) is considered serious misconduct.
• Plagiarism is the copying or reproduction of any work without the proper recognition of the original authors.
• Cheating includes having someone else do an assignment for you, submitting the same assignment more than once, deviously getting answers to a test, and consciously assisting another student to attain marks through misrepresentation.

THESE BEHAVIOURS COMPROMISE THE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY OF OUR SCHOOL AND A STUDENT’S GOOD REPUTATION.

After consultation with an administrator, a student may receive an appropriate consequence for academic dishonesty.
• The incident will be recorded by the teacher and communicated to the parent/guardian and administration.
• In consultation with the administration a variety of consequences may be assigned. This includes, but is not limited to a letter being placed into a student’s file and suspension.

The following will further constitute cheating or plagiarism:
• Copying and pasting text from on-line media or web site;
• Transcribing text or simply modifying text from any printed material, such as books, magazines, encyclopedias or newspapers;
• Replacing a few select words using a thesaurus does not constitute original work;
• Using a photograph, video or audio without permission or acknowledgement;
• Using another student’s work, even with a few changes in the wording, and claiming it as one’s own, even with permission. This is known as collusion and is not acceptable;
• Acquiring work from commercial sources is academically unethical;
• Translation from one language to another is not using one’s own words;
• Using work that was written for another class or another purpose without getting permission from both teachers;
• Allowing another student to copy your work;
• Taking credit for a group assignment to which you have not contributed anything;
• Looking at another student’s test to view his/her answers;
• Talking to another student during a test;
• Use of a cell phone during a test.

HOMEWORK AND HOME STUDY
There are five essential tasks students can and should be doing for homework:
1. Complete daily assignments.
2. Prepare for upcoming tests.
3. Work on long term assignments
4. Review learning discussed from previous classes
5. Read to improve reading skills.