IB Academic Honesty Policy

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Tempe Academy of International Studies Academic Honesty Policy 

The Tempe Academy of International Studies supports practices related to academic honesty and we value the character trait of honesty and consider it to be one of the greatest virtues for our students to develop as a core, life-long habit. We expect all students to  submit work for assessment that is authentic and original, fully acknowledging the ideas and thoughts of others. We expect our teachers to be the finest role models of this character trait. Our policy is guided by the IB publication, Middle Years Program MYP: From principles into practice (August 2008), and is supported by our school’s Mission and Philosophy. Our school treats academic dishonesty as a very serious matter, therefore, our school will ensure that our students understand academic honesty, receive guidance on academic writing, research, and creation of projects, and know the consequences of malpractice.


Academic Honesty is a set of values that promotes personal integrity and good practice in learning and assessment, and in the MYP is part of the Approaches to Learning. The IB recognizes that academic honesty is influenced by factors that include peer pressure, culture, parental expectations, role modeling and taught skills. Academic honesty can be demonstrated through the dynamic relationship between personal, social, and technical skills.

Plagiarism or Malpractice means the direct copying of material from any source and submitting it as your own. Some examples of plagiarism include copying a friend’s work, copying from the Internet without citations, or copying from an Encyclopedia or other reference books without citations. International Baccalaureate’s response to plagiarism is taken very seriously, and a student’s academic future may be seriously affected if found guilty of plagiarism.

Collusion is defined as supporting plagiarism or malpractice by another student, including allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted by another.

Intellectual Property includes different forms of property rights, such as trademarks, copyrights, patents, and registered designs. Forms of intellectual and creative expression must be respected and are protected by law.

Role of Teachers:

A. Prevention

Teachers will provide each student with instructions for conventionally acknowledging all sources with an organized and consistent approach across all subject areas. Teachers will include as part of their instruction proper ways to express the work and ideas of others and warn students of the serious consequences of academic dishonesty.

B. Detection and Reporting

Teachers are responsible for confirming to the best of their knowledge, that all student work received is authentic and original in its entirety. Teachers are encouraged to utilize online resources that prevent plagiarism, and report violations of the policy to the Principal.

C. Support of Policy

Teachers are expected to support our Academic Honesty Policy and take action to prevent, detect, and investigate.

Role of Students:

Each student is fully responsible for ensuring that all of their work produced and submitted is authentic, and the work and ideas of others are fully and correctly acknowledged and cited.

Communication of Policy

Tempe Academy’s Academic Honesty Policy shall be available to students, parents, and staff on our school website. Our Academic Honesty Policy will be communicated both orally and in writing at the beginning of the school year, and throughout the school year when students are assigned projects, reports, research projects, assignments.

Disciplinary Consequences of Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is regarded as academic theft and results in a zero grade award by the IB.  If plagiarism occurs at school the teacher will inform the Principal and they will conference with the student on the paper/ assignment in question. The Principal will notify the parents in writing of the incident.

After a student’s work has been determined to be plagiarized, the Principal may impose one or more of the following consequences:

  • Resubmit the paper/assignment to be completed: The student will revise and resubmit a properly documented paper or assignment. We understand that younger students will make mistakes time to time.

  • No credit on the paper/assignment: The student will receive a zero on the paper or assignment.

  • Probation: The student is placed on academic probation.