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Academic Integrity Matrix


An offense is defined as assignments turned in between grading turnaround periods. For example, if a student turns in plagiarized assignments on a Sunday and a Monday, but you don’t get to grading any of these until Tuesday, all of these assignments are a single offense. This document describes the action that will be taken once an offense is identified.


Plagiarism is when a student represents work that has been copied from any published resource such as, but not limited to, Wikipedia, electronic texts, videos, or any source without the proper credit (any resource that is not a student’s own work).

Cheating is when a student represents any other person’s work from any source including hard drives, software, or answer banks (such as, but not limited to, Yahoo! Answers, Craigslist, translator services, etc.) as their own. An example of cheating includes inappropriate email soliciting answers, documented inappropriate discussions, student-to-student cheating, and cheating in a lab classroom.

Student Academic Broker is a student who posts work to a secondary source, such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Yahoo! Answers, Google Docs, or shares virtual or hard copy file of any work whether or not compensation occurs.

Plagiarism resource (provide to students for “teachable moment”): How do I Cite Sources?

Instructor discretion and collaboration with partner school policy will be used in handling academic integrity issues.

ActionPlagiarism 1st OffensePlagiarism 2nd OffensePlagiarism 3rd OffensePlagiarism 4th OffenseCheating 1st OffenseCheating 2nd OffenseCheating 3rd OffenseStudent Academic Broker 1st Offense
Learning Intervention (instructor discretion for partial  credit)XXXXXXXX
Parent/Mentor Contact by TeacherXXXXXXXX
Automatic ZeroXXXXXXXX
Chance to Redo Assignment (instructor discretion for partial credit)X---X--X
If no mentor contact or acknowledgement, involve/notify  Instructional Managers---X--XX
Possible Proctored Exam (teacher discretion)XXX-XX--
Mandated Proctored Exam---X----
Possible Involvement of Instructional Managers (if school  mentor/administrator does not support instructor's claim)XXXXXXXX
Other Issues/Question: Contact Department Lead InstructorXXXXXXX

General Academic Integrity Guidelines & Disclaimer

Each student shall be expected to:

(a) abide by national, State, and local laws, as well as the rules of the school;

(b) respect the person, property, and civil rights of others; and

(c) conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior, including acting courteously.

In order to be as consistent and specific as possible, Michigan Virtual has identified general conduct violations and disciplinary consequences for various misbehavior’s. 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.

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