Honour Code

LIS' philosophy and purpose is the foundation upon which we function (Policy 1.2.1.) In order to foster these underlying principles, all students attending LIS are expected to maintain high standards of behaviour in the areas of Academic Integrity, Personal Integrity, Respect for Others and Community Standards. If you are present when the Honour Code is violated and you take no action, you may be found guilty of complicity as well.

Academic Integrity

Cheating, plagiarizing, or giving or receiving unacknowledged assistance in academic work are considered academic breaches of integrity and are therefore unacceptable behavior in the LIS community.

Cheating

A student who takes the work of another, either on homework or on a test, and claims it as his/her own is guilty of cheating. Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:
  • Copying and/or offering homework verbally, in written form, or by electronic means.
  • Copying and/or offering answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form, or by electronic means.
  • Knowingly allowing others to represent your work as their own.
  • Pressuring or enabling other students to violate the Honour Code.
  • Bringing in and using unauthorized information during class time, including information stored in a calculator or other electronic device.
  • Offering or receiving information under circumstances when information is not to be shared.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a student puts his/her name to a piece of work (or part of a piece of work) that is not his/her own original work, and which is not credited to another source (person, book, article, web site etc). Plagiarism does not prohibit using information from the internet and work of others, such as pictures, data, diagrams and maps, as long as the source of the information is properly acknowledged.

Plagiarism often occurs unintentionally, and to that regard, teachers are required to provide all students, taking into consideration their ages and abilities, with appropriate research guidelines, whilst encouraging reading and writing skills to provide original written work.

The following are considered to be acts of plagiarism.
  • Buying materials from a research service.
  • Submitting in another person's work with or without that person's knowledge.
  • Copying materials from a source without proper acknowledgment.
  • Translating materials from a source without appropriate documentation.
  • Getting help from another person to the extent that the work is not recognizably that of the student.

Please note that the term source here does not refer to Web or Internet resources only. Any piece of information that a student obtains which does not come from his/her own thoughts can be considered a source.

Consequences:

Students must be aware that cheating and plagiarism are completely unacceptable, and incidences proven to the school's satisfaction will incur the following consequences:

  • The work will be given a zero for the assignment;
  • The teacher will contact the student's parents and the appropriate coordinator and school counselor and schedule a meeting with the student. Parents may take part in this meeting, if they choose to do so;
  • The Coordinator will counsel the student concerning proactive measures that he/she might take to prevent further violations. The student will be informed of further consequences should another violation of the Honour Code occur; and
  • The incident will be kept on file with the Head of School for the remainder of the student's high school career.

If a student's infraction of the Honour Code is exceptional and seems to have violated more than one aspect of the Honour Code, any or all of the following consequences may also be imposed:

  • The student will receive an 'F' as the marking period grade for the course in which the infraction occurs.
  • The student may be suspended or even expelled.

If suspected plagiarism involves I.B. or I.G.C.S.E. coursework, and is not admitted by the student, but is later proven, then that student may be withdrawn from the examination in that subject and maybe in all subjects.

Personal Integrity

Sensitivity and mutual respect are basic values of the LIS community. One of LIS' underlying philosophies and purposes is to appreciate the diversity of people and cultures, which means learning how to live with and get along with people who may be different from oneself. Lying, stealing and behavior that intimidates, harasses, insults, humiliates or demeans another human being are unacceptable within this school community. Infliction of physical or verbal abuse, damaging or destroying the property of others, threats, intimidation, sexual misconduct (coercion, exploitation or abuse) or behavior inside or outside the community that violates propriety and adversely affects the well-being of an individual or the community will be subject to appropriate consequences. Depending on the severity and circumstances, these consequences include:

  • Contacting the student's parents and the appropriate coordinator and school counselor and schedule a meeting with the student. Parents may take part in this meeting, if they choose to do so;
  • The Coordinator will counsel the student concerning proactive measures that he/she might take to prevent further violations. The student will be informed of further consequences should another violation of the Honour Code occur; and
  • The incident will be kept on file with the Head of School for the remainder of the student's high school career,
  • The student may be given tasks or additional schoolwork to complete, and/or
  • The student may be suspended or even expelled.

LIS specifically prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any individual or group based upon personal animosity or on such factors as age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or handicap. Anyone noticing such behavior should bring that to the attention of the Head of School or Headmaster.

Honour Code Understanding and Acceptance

All students and their parents are required to sign and return our Honour Code Understanding and Acceptance form. No student may sit for any assessments or examinations without a signed Statement of Understanding on file.

  

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