The academic honesty policy



„UNIVERSA VIA“  INTERNATIONAL  SCHOOL                                 



“International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes encourage students to inquire and to think critically and creatively; students are then asked to give shape to their thinking through oral discussion or presentations, through visual representations and displays, and in multiple forms of writing. However, we live in an age in which we are all flooded by information and opinions and we need to help students navigate these waters so that they are able to confidently talk or write about what they are learning, making visible and explicit how they have constructed their ideas and what views they have followed or rejected? This is essentially what academic honesty is: making knowledge, understanding and thinking transparent.” Academic Honesty in an IB Educational Context, 2014, P.1


Aims of the ‘Universa Via‘ international school academic honesty policy:

1. To allign the school‘s practices with the Academic honesty in the IB educational context, 2014.

2. To support students, parents and teachers in practicing and promoting academic honesty by demonstrating adherence to the school’s PYP Attitudes with an emphasis on the values of ‘respect, cooperation, fairness, honesty’ and the attributes of the PYP ‘Learner Profiles’.

3. To ensure that students do not gain an unfair advantage by cheating, collusion or being academically dishonest.


Definition of Academic Honesty/Malpractice
Malpractice is defined as behaviour that results in, or may result in, the student or any other student gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment component.

Malpractice includes:

  1. Plagiarism: this is defined as knowingly submitting the ideas or work of another person as the student’s own.
  2. Collusion: this is defined as supporting malpractice by another student, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another.
  3. Duplication of work: this is defined as the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements.





Implementation Roles and responsibilities

The School

The school’s responsibilities in respect to academic honesty include the following:

  • Ensuring that students adhere to the basic principles of academic honesty.
  • Ensuring that parents and learners understand what actions are understood as  ‘the academic dishonesty’.
  • Providing clear expectations and consequences on what will happen if the submitted assessments or tasks are not the learner’s own work.
  • Ensuring that incidents of dishonesty are dealt with in accordance to the procedures and consequences along with the assessment practices of the IB.


The teachers

As teachers, your responsibilities in respect to academic honesty include the following:

  • Emphasising the concept of academic honesty within all educational processes (teaching, learning, assessment).
  • Encouraging students to accept their strengths and weaknesses and encourage them to do the best they can.
  • Teaching students how to cite references, create bibliographies, paraphrase, take notes and write content from their own perspective rather than paste the content.
  • Providing specific guidelines, task clarification and encourage students to develop their own ideas through problem solving, analysis and reflection.
  • Designing assessment criteria that value and reward the work required, rather than only the final result.
  • Explaing the terminology such as plagiarism, collusion and duplication.
  • Act as good role models and show academic honesty in their own work.
  • Supporting students in developing the skills and attitudes required for completing tasks in an academically honest manner.
  • Dealing with incidents of academic dishonesty in an appropriate manner.


The students

As students, your responsibilities in respect to academic honesty include the following:

  • Ensuring that all work submitted is authentically your own work.
  • Ensuring that I understand when I need to work independently/ collaboratively.
  • Ensuring that all ideas and data are not copied and not exact wording without citing the source.
  • Undertaking research honestly and crediting others for their work.
  • Knowing what defines misconduct including plagiarism, collusion and duplication.
  • Using information technology and library resources responsibly.



The parents

The parents’ responsibilities in respect to academic honesty include the following:

  • Encouraging their children to accept their strengths and weaknesses and encourage them to do the best they can.
  • Ensuring the work that is submitted is their child’s own work.
  • Developing an understanding of academic honesty.
  • Assisting their children with accessing resources for personal inquiries including people, places, media and information.
  • Speaking to their children about the importance of academic honesty.


Procedures & Consequences for Academic Misconduct

  • When academic misconduct occurs, it is the teacher’s responsibility to discuss consequences with the student. Some of these consequences include:
  • Reteach the academic honesty policy.
  • Work should be resubmitted and show no elements of plagiarism and must be his or her own work.
  • Discussions with parents and the PYP coordinator.



Documents referred to in the process of developing this policy:

  1. IBO. (2009). Making the PYP happen: A curriculum framework for international primary education. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  2. IBO. (2014). Academic Honesty in the IB educational Context. Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  3. IBO. (2003). Academic honesty: guidance for schools, September 2003, International Baccalaureate Organisation.





The Pedagogical Leadership Team

The PYP coordinator