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Academic Integrity Policy


This policy is guided by the collective values of the school, but especially by:

• Commitment
• Responsibility
• Honesty
• Self-confidence

St Mary’s DSG is dedicated to providing a caring and supportive environment to every individual in the school community. Therefore, our aim is not only to instill academic integrity for the learner’s school career, but also to equip them with good research skills for life.
At both tertiary institutions and in the work place, dishonesty has severe consequences: subject and course failure, immediate expulsion or discharge, criminal prosecution and more. These consequences have long-lasting implications.
Learners are encouraged to strive to produce work that is both original and referenced. Dishonesty in academic terms means the following:

Blatant Academic Dishonesty:
 - The use of supportive information (i.e. crib notes, books, calculator, conversation, cellular telephone) during a test or examination.
 - Copying another person’s work, or getting help or providing help in a test or an examination.
 - Allowing another person to copy their work and hand it in as their own.
 - Handing in the work of another person as one’s own.
 - Revealing the test content to learners who have not done the test.
 - Correcting incorrect answers and changing marks during peer/self assessment.

Subtle Academic Dishonesty:
 - Working on any assignment collaboratively, when it was clearly indicated that work was intended to be completed individually.
 - Allowing other persons to use one’s assignment as reference when preparing their own.
 - Submitting work for credit more than once.
 - Altering a result (using false results) from research or in laboratory experiments.
 - Allowing others to copy work.

Plagiarism – “to take and use another person’s thoughts, writing, inventions as one’s own.”[Sykes 1980:842]

Plagiarism has increasingly become a problem as a result of the Internet and the ease with which information is available. Plagiarism is a huge threat in academic writing and it is important to know exactly what to look out for. As can be seen by the above definition, it is much more than just direct ‘copy and paste’.

You are guilty of plagiarism if:
• You copy from another source without acknowledging the source.
• You let someone else write it for you.
• You submit someone else’s work as your own.
• You steal an idea or concept without acknowledging the source, and use it as your own.
(Indiana University ISS [Homepage]

Types of plagiarism

Word for word
This is the most direct form of plagiarism, unless it is in quotation marks, AND the source is acknowledged.

This is the process of using embedded keywords or apt phrases (catchphrases) from a source, without differentiating it from your own writing.

This is the process of substituting keywords in the text.

Summary of a single source
This is where the entire piece of work is based on a single source which is merely summarised.

Misinterpretation of source material
This is where information is taken out of context and loses its original meaning, or is adapted to suit the argument of the writer.
(Adapted from: Excom Publishers, 2011, p163)

When quoting or citing, learners should indicate the source in the text and acknowledge it fully in their list of references. For example:
• 'Johannesburg is a crime ridden city' (Jones).
• Smith argues that stem cell research is the way forward for tissue repair (1999).

No further referencing detail, such as foot notes, is expected by the IEB. Further detail that is subject specific may be expected of learners. 
(IEB Copyright © One Research Task Option 2015-16)
Available from:
http:// http://docs.ieb.co.za (Accessed: 25 November 2015)