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Academic Dishonesty Policy

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Tiferes Citation and Plagiarism Guide


Tiferes Bais Yaakov

Academic Dishonesty Policy

Academic Dishonesty refers to cheating or breaking the rules in relation to assessment and evaluation in a school setting.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Copying another student’s homework or test answers;
  • Completing work for another student or providing answers to assignments;
  • Using unauthorized notes or digital devices during a test or exam.


Plagiarizing is a form of academic dishonesty that is defined as “the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another without attribution, in order to represent them as one’s own original work.” (Growing Success 2010 p.151) 


Some examples are:

  • Submitting an assignment in one’s own name  – in part or whole - that was written or created by someone else, including a fellow student;
  • Quoting or paraphrasing material without citing sources;
  • Copying and pasting from the internet , copying written materials or other media;
  • Not using quotation marks and citing sources in-text or in a footnote.


To avoid instances of plagiarism, students are expected to:

(a) if unsure about what constitutes plagiarism, clarify with teachers;

(b) seek assistance from staff or remedial department;

(c) only submit original work to teachers;

(d) cite sources as specified by school policy.


Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

Inadvertent Plagiarism or Cheating

If a student fails to cite a source but uses quotation marks, or cites the sort but leaves out the quotation marks, the teacher should:

  • indicate the correct procedure on the student’s work
  • follow-up in person to reinforce the need to cite sources properly.

If student continues to leave out elements of citation, the teacher may choose to consult administration.


Deliberate Plagiarism or Cheating

If you suspect that a student has plagiarized work and submitted it as her own, please follow these steps:

  1. Keep the original assignment or a copy of the assignment.
  2. Document the details.
  3. Consult with one of the administration regarding the consequences.


Consequences will be decided on an individual basis and may include a mark of zero for the assignment or test, the opportunity to redo the assignment while receiving only partial credit, or the completion of a written report or letter about the ethical issues surrounding academic dishonesty. A repeated pattern of academic dishonesty may result in more serious consequences such as suspension.


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