Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty and Students’ Responsibilities
  • Regular and punctual attendance is linked to successful results and is essential for optimal learning and effective assessment. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher about any absences. Students are responsible for ALL work missed.
  • Students are responsible for providing evidence of their learning within established timelines, and that there are consequences for cheating, plagiarizing, not completing work, and submitting work late.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate academic honesty on all assignments, presentations, tests, and examinations.


Plagiarism is defined as the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another without attribution, inorder to represent them as one's own original work. (Growing Success 2010 p. 151)
It takes many forms, including the following:

  • Submitting an essay/assignment written by someone else, e.g, buying an essay online, downloading an essay from a website, having someone else complete one's assignment, or copying or using work including homework done by another student;
  • Piecing together material from one or several sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Quoting or paraphrasing material without citing the source of that material, including, but not limited to books, magazines, journals, websites, newspapers, television programs, radio programs, movies, videos, photographs, and drawings in print or electronic form;
  • Copying and pasting from the Internet or other electronic sites without citing the source; and
  • Omitting quotation marks for direct quotations even if the sources have been cited.
Cheating is usually defined as the act of practicing deceit or breaking the rules. In the context of assessment and evaluation, cheating would be defined as the deviation from the behaviour expected in an evaluation situation. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Copying another student's homework;
  • Using another student's work on a test or any other evaluation;.
  • Bringing unauthorized notes or notations into an evaluation;
  • Asking for or giving someone an answer during an evaluation;
  • Unauthorized use of electronic media to obtain answers during an evaluation;
  • Presenting assignments that have been completed by someone else as one's own; and
  • Submitting the same assignment for two or more courses.

Students may be required to submit their assignments through


Authorized copies of tests/exams are released to students by the teacher only for purposes of review. Other copies obtained from students, tutors, other individuals or websites may not be authorized.


Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
It is the intention of TDSB to provide a consistent and fair approach to dealing with instances of academic dishonesty, specifically with plagiarism and cheating. The consequences of academic dishonesty will include the following:
  • Communication with the student;
  • Communication with the principal/vice principal;
  • Communication with the parent(s)/guardian(s);
  • Up to a zero for the assessment tool as there has been no evidence that the student has demonstrated research skills required to demonstrate achievement of the course/curriculum expectations; and
  • A record of academic dishonesty
Please keep in mind that students who plagiarize may not be given the opportunity to redo an assignment for marks. Furthermore, a “loss of trust” may be the result of plagiarism and therefore the students’ other work will be scrutinized further.