Cheating and Plagiarism

A letter to students on cheating and plagiarism:

Learning to think and work independently is all part of the educational process. Your school expects you to take responsibility for your work and actions in your courses. Sometimes the expectations to obtain a certain grade or meet a tight deadline can make you feel pressured to take short cuts and make poor decisions which can lead to cheating or plagiarism. Let’s look at how our sister school, Virtual High School defines these terms.

Cheating can be defined as sharing or receiving unauthorized assistance in your academics. This includes but is not limited to

  • Using unauthorized help and distributing or receiving answers or information not permitted as part of an assessment.
  • Assuming another person’s identity or allowing someone else to complete your work.
  • Purchasing or acquiring work from a friend, tutor, online, or other source.
  • Using resources that are not permitted during the final exam.
  • Participating in unapproved group work.

Plagiarism can be described as presenting someone else’s work as your own without giving credit to the original source. This includes but is not limited to

  • Presenting ideas that are not common knowledge without properly referencing the source.
  • Cutting and pasting text or ideas from a source such as a print text or website.
  • Handing in another persons’ work and presenting it as your own.

Think back to a time when you felt really proud of yourself. Maybe you earned a good grade in a tough subject, volunteered your time at an event, or helped your friend learn the slap shot. Generally, that feeling of accomplishment doesn’t come without hard work. When you cheat or plagiarise, you are only cheating yourself. Although it may be difficult to see in the moment, doing your own work will benefit you in the short and long-term. If you make time for your academics, put your best effort forward and complete work honestly, you will be able to produce quality assessments that you are proud of.

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