Academic Integrity


What is academic integrity?

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 as your work is your work.

Why is academic integrity important?

When you submit an assignment that is not your own original work, you represent something incorrectly.

There are two issues involved:

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

What are some examples of academic integrity violations?

There are two kinds of academic integrity violations. One is “plagiarism” and the other is “cheating.”

According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, plagiarism is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source.”

Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

  • Copying and pasting a report or other information from the Internet and representing it as your own work
  • Copying any other work and not properly citing authorship

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, cheating is defined in multiple ways. But for the purposes of CVA, two definitions are particularly relevant:

  • To influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
  • a: To practice fraud or trickery b: To violate rules dishonestly <cheat at cards> <cheating on a test>

Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

  • Providing questions/answers/ work to another student
  • Receiving questions/answers/work from another student

Assignments and tests should be a student’s original work, except when the instructor has requested participation in a group project. Students will not submit work that is plagiarized or otherwise violates copyright laws of the United States of America. Teachers have the ability to search all written work for evidence of copied materials or ideas. The student may be assigned a zero on any lesson that is determined to contain plagiarism. A second offense may result in the failure of the course and/or dis-enrollment from CVA.

Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses. In the event that a student is discovered to have cheated or plagiarized materials, your CVA teacher and principal will be in contact with you to work through the disciplinary process or potential removal from CVA.

Have more questions? Submit a request