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Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity means that all work you submit is created by you and is an original representation of your work. It means that what you submit is your own work. This means that:

  1. The ideas and the writing of others are properly cited including images used.
  2. Students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance such as passing another student’s work off as your own.
  3. Students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others including sharing your work with others (including on work-sharing websites).
  4. Students report their research or accomplishments accurately by using quotations as needed and avoiding slight re-wording of content without providing credit.
  5. Students in world language courses interpret and produce written and spoken language without the assistance of online or print tools or other people (unless expressly allowed by the online instructor).

Why is academic integrity important?

  1. You are earning credit for learning material for which you have not demonstrated mastery.
  2. You may be violating the law.

Each student shall be expected to:

  1. Abide by national, state and local laws, as well as the rules of the school.
  2. Respect the person, property, including intellectual property, and civil rights of others.
  3. Conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior, including acting courteously.

In order to be as consistent and specific as possible, Michigan Virtual for Students has identified general conduct violations and disciplinary consequences for various misbehaviors. It is important that you understand this list does not include every disciplinary problem that may arise, that there are times that extenuating circumstances must be considered, and school administrators reserve the right to identify additional behavior problems that result from student conduct. Certain situations may require moving beyond lesser penalties to more strict disciplinary actions, even for a first offense.

This list, however, does provide general guidelines and the understanding regarding academic integrity for all of our courses. Disciplinary measures may be progressive in the sense that the penalties assigned for repeated offenses may become more severe with each subsequent offense of a repeated behavioral violation. However, there are circumstances, based upon the nature of the offense, which justify a more advanced or severe disciplinary action.

See Academic Integrity Matrix

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