Academic Honesty

While information and communication technology in the 21st century have made it easier for students to take shortcuts in their education, at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, the expectation is that every student submit assignments and projects that are authentic and are a true representation of the student's academic ability.
The willful giving or receiving of secretive information, which gives one an academic advantage over other students in the class, unauthorized access to exam materials and/or assignments, use of unapproved technology and/or technological devices and/or websites to complete assignments and/or exams or purchasing assignments from an outside source or person are but a few examples of inappropriate and academically dishonest behavior.  

Plagiarism is when someone else's words, ideas, opinions, or sequence of ideas are presented as your own without proper acknowledgement.  To avoid plagiarism and maintain academic integrity, students are to

  • Document quotations, opinions, and all other source material in a formal  and appropriate manner (eg. citing in a footnote and in bibliography).
  • When paraphrasing, use their own words and opinions.
  • Acknowledge any help given by another person.
  • Only hand in shared work when explicitly instructed by the teacher.
  • Never share or acquire secretive or inappropriate information which gives any academic advantage.
  • Follow all exam, project, quiz, and assignment rules.
  • If needed, ask their teacher for clarification in applying academic integrity to specific assignments, quizzes, and tests.
  • Not use any unapproved information and communication technology to complete assignments, projects, or exams.
  • Treat each assessment opportunity seriously and take the time and initiative to complete original work for each assessment in each course.

Both students and parents of IB students should be familiar with the IBO's and Abby's Academic Honesty Policy.  Both can be viewed below.