Academic Honesty Policy

The mission of Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary is to strive to make a difference in the world by utilizing strong academic standards to create a community of learners who draw on critical thinking and curiosity to meet their potential in developing leadership skills and global mindedness.

The purpose of this Academic Honesty Policy is to:
1. define academic honesty.
2. report the roles and responsibilities.
3. outline the consequences that may be associated with academic dishonesty.
I. Definitions
A. Academic Honesty

1. Academic honesty is a “set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessment. It is influenced and shaped by a variety of factors including peer pressure, culture, parental expectations, role modeling and taught skills.”[1]

2. Academic honesty is the production of an original piece of work (thoughts, ideas and words) which may have other people’s ideas and work used or mentioned, as long as they are fully acknowledged or cited.

B. Malpractice
1. Malpractice is defined as a behavior that results in one person gaining an unfair advantage over another person. It includes but is not limited to:

a. Plagiarism – Using someone else’s thoughts, written words, pictures, or ideas and claiming them as your own (i.e., not citing your sources).
b. Collusion – Working with another person (student) and claiming the entire work as their own, or having another person do all of the work and claiming it as your own. (Note: This is not to be confused with collaboration where two or more students work on a project and all students’ names are included on the project or paper.)
c. Duplication –
1) Copying work from another student.
2) Using a piece of work or part of a piece of work over and over each time representing it as a new project.
II. Roles and Responsibilities
A. Principal knows what constitutes academic honesty and actively encourages academic honesty among the school administration, staff members and students.
B. Teachers model academic honesty and promote its use through the IB learner profile. Teachers model and teach research skills while providing students with examples of proper citation of sources using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format.
C. Librarian provides available resources to students and teachers.
D. Parent provides support and promotes Perez Elementary Academic Honesty Policy with their child(ren) by monitoring their assignments.
E. Students– are responsible for following the Academic Honesty Policy at all times.

III. Prevention

Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary strives to develop a common understanding of academic honesty and apply this understanding to all aspects of learning. This is accomplished by bringing awareness to the school community through parent meetings, conferences and as part of the instructional day. Students will develop intrinsic values that will follow them throughout their lives.
IV. Disciplinary Actions
Disciplinary actions shall be assessed in accordance with McAllen Independent School District Board Policy Manual (EIA LOCAL) which states as follows:
“Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students.”[2]

Adopted: 04-2013 

“Academic Achievement Grading Reports to Parents.” McAllen Independent School District, 2012. Web. 8 April 2013. 

“Academic Honesty.” International Baccalaureate Organization, 2007. Web. 8 April 2013.

“Dr. Pablo Perez IB World School Mission Statement.” Perez Elementary School. 2007. Web. 8 April 2013. 

[1]“Academic Honesty.” International Baccalaureate Organization, 2007.Web. 8 April 2013.

[2]“Academic Achievement Grading Reports to Parents.” McAllen Independent School District, 2012. Web. 8 April 2013.