Proximity Learning Academic Integrity Policy and Guidelines

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Proximity Learning Academic Integrity Policy and Guidelines


Every Proximity Learning student, teacher and corporate official belongs to a community of scholars where academic
integrity and the pursuit of excellence are fundamental commitments. This Ethical Contract is intended to promote
and protect an atmosphere of trust, fairness and respect.

Academic Integrity is a commitment to the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in the academic process.  Cheating and plagiarism in any form, whether intentional or unintentional, are unacceptable.

Cheating


Cheating is a form of dishonesty where a student attempts to give the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill
that the student has not obtained.

Examples include:

  • Copying from another person's work during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  • Taking an examination or completing an assignment for another, or permitting another to take an examination
  • Submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior permission from the course instructors.
  • Retaining, processing, using or circulating previously given assignments and/or examination materials
  • Falsifying of records and/or official documents: academic records; grade reports, letters of permission, parent notes, etc.
  • Continuing work on an examination or assignment after the allocated time has elapsed.

 

Plagiarism


Plagiarism is the repetition or paraphrasing, without acknowledgment, of another person's writing.

Violations include:

  • Copying another student's work and submitting it as one's own work. (i.e. homework, class work papers, projects, etc.)
  • Paraphrasing the thoughts of another writer without acknowledgment. All significant phrases, clauses, or passages taken directly from source material must be acknowledged either in the text itself, in footnotes, or in any other format specified by the teacher.
  • Citing a source that does not exist.
  • Attributing to a source ideas and information that are not included in the source.
  • Falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation in any academic work.
  • Submitting substantial portions of any academic exercise more than once without prior authorization and approval of the teacher.
  • Submitting work completed by another student then presents as his or her own work (e.g., copying someone’s homework or allowing someone to copy homework).
  • Interfering with the ability of a fellow student to perform his or her assignments (e.g., stealing notes or tearing pages out of books).

Copyright


All users should abide by current copyright law. Compliance with federal copyright law is expected of all students, faculty, and staff at Proximity Learning. If text or multimedia files from the internet or other electronic sources are used, they must be used according to the Fair Use Guidelines established by federal copyright law and policies of Proximity Learning.  "Copyright" is legal protection for producers of creative intellectual works that prevents unlawful distribution of these works. Text (including email and Internet content), graphics, art, photographs, music, movies, and software are examples of types of works protected by copyright.

Violation example:

  • Copying, distributing, downloading, and uploading content  such as music, movies, images or text to or from the Internet or other electronic resources available via a web-site, file-sharing or some other distribution without permission from the creator is violating copyright laws.

Other

Any other misconduct; which includes other academically dishonest or inappropriate acts.

Examples of such acts include but are not limited to:

  • Pressuring another or encouraging another student to participate in any violation of the ethics code.
  • Planning with another to commit any act of academic dishonesty.
  • Profiting financially or otherwise from the avocation and/or support of any unethical act.

Consequence for Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy and Guidelines


Any violations of this code occurring in the online classroom or violations related to and occurring outside the online classroom will be subject to penalties established between the online teacher, Proximity Learning administrators, and the participating school or district.

Sanctions may include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced or failing grade.
  • Notification to the school officials and the parents
  • Suspension from school.
  • A letter of reprimand.
  • Signing of probationary contract to be placed in the student cumulative record.
  • Notification of offense in school disciplinary computer record.
  • Notification to other current teachers.
  • Any appropriate combination of the above.


The Ethical Standards for behavior at Proximity Learning serve as a framework for the development of good character. Adherence to such standards engenders the integrity and trust necessary for a flourishing academic community where both teachers and students can thrive.

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