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Introduction 3

Understanding Academic Honesty and Malpractices 3
Academic Honesty 3
Malpractices 4

Guidelines and Penalties of Academic Dishonesty 5
Guidelines 5
Penalties and Consequences 6

Responsibility 7
Responsibility of Teachers and Administrators 7
Responsibility of Students 7

Guiding Principles of Academic Honesty 9


Academic Honesty Policy


“The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is
not a policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.”
- Robert E Lee.
This quote by Robert E. Lee is the foundation on which the Academic Honesty Policy of
Pathways is based.
This Academic Honesty Policy should be read in conjunction with Citations- Referencing the
MLA Way.

Understanding Academic Honesty

According to International Baccalaureate Organization, academic honesty must be seen as 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 modelling and taught skills (IBO, Academic Honesty, 2009).

“To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.”- John Ruskin
The role of teachers is paramount in inculcating a value system, the foundation of which is so
strong that the academic honesty policy becomes obsolete. However keeping in mind that
there are bound to be aberrations, a policy has been formulated, the cornerstone of which is
the IB Learner Profile.

 Links to IB Learner Profile :

The cornerstone of this Academic Policy is the IB Learner Profile, the IB Learner Profile attribute
of ‘Principled’ states, “We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and
justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere, we take responsibility
for our actions and their consequences”.

Students at Pathways World School, Aravali are expected to strive to develop the attributes of
the IB Learner Profile that are embedded throughout the curriculum and in the school’s daily

In order to reduce plagiarism, will check students work for proper citation, or
potential plagiarism by comparing it against the academic database.

Use of turn-it-in: Usually, teachers would use their discretion on assessing the originality of the
student work. The school also makes use of on-line technology, Turn-it-in, for checking

Understanding Malpractice

The IBO defines malpractice as “behaviour that results in, or may result in, the candidate or any
other candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment component.
Malpractice includes:
 Plagiarism: The representation of the ideas or work of another person as the
candidate’s own without appropriate acknowledgment. This includes the work of art
whether music, dance or visual arts.
 Collusion: Supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be
copied or submitted for assessment by another,
 Duplication of work: The presentation of the same work for different assessment
components and/or requirements,
 Taking unauthorized material into an examination room,
 Misconduct during an examination, including any attempt to disrupt the examination or
distract another student,

 Copying from another student or making information available to another student
during a test or examination,
 Interfering in the scholastic work of another student, for example, by stealing or
misusing project reports, computer files and library materials,
 Altering grades awarded by a teacher,
 Using an unauthorized calculator during a test or an examination, failing to comply with
the instructions of any member of the school’s staff responsible for the conduct of the
 Stealing or misusing examination papers,
 Fabricating or falsifying research data.

Guidelines and Penalties of Academic honesty

Cheating: includes (but are not limited to):

 Using unauthorized notes, aids, or information on an examination.
 Allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting it for grade.
 Copying someone else’s work/ homework and submit it for assessment.

Plagiarism: “ Submitting material that is in part or whole is not one’s own work, submitting one’s
own work without properly attributing the correct sources of its content.” e.g.:
Taking papers from the internet, other publications or other students.
Taking information from another source that is not properly attributed.

Unauthorized collaboration on an academic assignment: e.g working with others on an
assignment that was meant to be done by individuals.

Inventing or falsifying information, data or citation.

Forging signatures or authorizing false information on an official document, grade, letter, form or
any other school document.

Submitting false information for absence, delay, late arrivals, early leavings or illness.


Stealing, defacing or destroying library/laboratory materials which can deprive others of their

Improper use of PWS assets: misusing, or destroying the school’s physical resources (building,
equipment, furnitire and supplies).

Assistance provided from parents or guardians that grant an undue advantage to the beneficiary
over other students.

Threatening harm: Threatening, effecting or encouraging harm to a student who has witnessed or
reported a violation of PWS academic honesty.

Offering gifts or any kind of bribery to teachers or any school member to gain unfair advantage over other

Penalty and Consequences:

 Any first incident will be dealt with by the teacher in the classroom. Students who are
caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a ZERO on the suspect assignment. The
student will have to rewrite the assignment, redo the homework and submit it to the
 If there is a second instance of academic dishonesty, again the piece of work will
receive a ZERO. Moreover, parents will be required to attend a meeting with the MYP
Coordinator and the Principal. Based on the findings, a number of sanctions may be
employed, ranging from putting this act on the student report and file to recommending
that the student is barred from the summative assessment.
 Subsequent instances of academic dishonesty will put at risk the student’s place in the

The Modern Language Association (MLA) developed a style for academic writing. It is the
format most widely accepted for research papers and citations. In Middle School, both students
and teachers are expected to follow the MLA style of citation. When doing a project, Personal
Project or writing an essay, or using any other material / source. For further details, refer to the
sections, referencing – in this policy, it is imperative that this MLA guide is referred to.

Teachers and administrators will be responsible for

 Knowing, being committed and complying with PWS Academic Honesty Policy.
 Giving students reasonable time to finish exams and projects.
 Making students aware by displaying prominently a copy of PWS academic honesty
 Making a fair evaluation of all work submitted by students
 Securing electronic materials from any unauthorized access. This includes changing of
passwords etc. to protect the data on their laptops.
 Acting as a role model by always respecting PWS academic honesty policy.
 Ensuring that all decisions and actions are made in the school’s interest.
 Using the school facilities, resources, time and services appropriately and only for the
school’s purposes.
 Reporting accurately and transparently.
 Applying the school policies, rules and regulations consistently at all times.
 Creating an atmosphere of trust and respect.
 Instilling the Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.

Students will be responsible for:

 Knowing, being committed and complying with PWS academic honesty policy.
 Reporting any suspected violation of the policy to the school authorities.
 Respecting others’ rights.
 Maintaining the highest standards of academic honesty in all of their own work at PWS.
 Ensuring the authenticity of all work submitted for assessment.
 Ensuring all sources are fully and correctly acknowledged.
 Signing a declaration stating that all work submitted for assessment authentic and
student’s own work.

Parents will be responsible for:

 Promoting good academic practices and standards.
 Encouraging academic honesty and supporting their child by modelling personal

Residence Parents will be responsible for:
 Perodically checking student work to ensure compliance with Academic Honesty Policy.
 Report any cases of non- to the concerned faculty member.

School librarians will be responsible for:
 School librarians will be responsible for giving guidelines to students on reading and
writing skills, good academic practice and ways of locating, evaluating and using
information effectively.

Guiding principles for Academic Honesty

The IBO defines an authentic piece of work as “one that is based on the candidates individual
and original idea, with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged” (IBO Diploma
Programme Academic Honesty, 2007, P.2). It is therefore absolutely imperative that all
assignments, written or oral, completed by a student for assessment, wholly and authentically
use the student’s own language and expression. Any sources used or referred to, whether in
the form of direct quotation or paraphrase, must be fully and appropriately acknowledged.

1. Always take notes in your own words, and never write your answers or essay while
directly looking at your textbook or other source of information. Use quotation marks to
identify someone else’s words.
2. Try to combine information from different sources; when carrying out research, don’t
just use one source of information.
3. Avoid “cutting and pasting” large parts of text from the internet.
4. Always properly cite your genuine sources in footnotes and a bibliography, according to
the instructions of your teacher on that particular assignment.
5. Remember that your teacher wants to know your ideas and read your words, not the
fancy ideas and words of someone else.

6. If a friend asks you what is on a test or asks you to complete their homework, explain
why you cannot do so. Explain to your friend that they are putting your grades and
student record at risk.
7. Always contribute as much as you can in group work so you do not end up taking the
ideas of others.
8. When quoting others, students should develop the habit of using quotation marks to
indicate that the wording is not their own.
9. Additionally, the source of quotation or paraphrased text must be clearly identified.
10. Acknowledge the source of an image, graph, map, etc.



I hereby declare that I have read this Academic
Honesty Policy and have fully understood it.

I am fully aware of the consequences following
from the failure to comply with the regulations.

I pledge that I shall uphold the integrity and
standards of ethical conduct and follow each
rule of this Academic Honesty Policy.

Name : _______________________ SSN Number:______________________

Date : _________________________ Signature :___________________________