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Student Service Center » Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Honesty Policy


Academic honesty is highly valued at Del Mar High School and in other learning institutions around the world. The school is committed to students achieving our school-wide learning results while conducting themselves with the highest level of integrity. It is expected that students will conduct academic research properly and adhere to acceptable policies for all assessment. We hope to produce graduates who are honest, trustworthy, respectful of others and responsible for their own actions. Respecting the need for authentic student work is an important part of this goal. With this in mind, the school’s Academic Honesty Policy has been put in place as a means to ensure that all students understand our expectations and the consequences for actions which deviate from those expectations. As a student, you are responsible for your own work and actions.


Academic Misconduct

Del Mar High School has adopted the definition of “Academic Misconduct” from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program General Regulations stating that, “academic misconduct is behavior (whether deliberate or inadvertent) that results in, or may result in, the student or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more components of assessment. Behavior that may disadvantage another student is also regarded as academic misconduct.” (DP General Regulations 2014)


Instances of Malpractice:

Examples of malpractice include, but are not confined to:


  • Plagiarism: defined as the representation, intentionally or unintentionally, of the ideas, works or work of another person without proper, clear and explicit acknowledgement (ex. properly citing information)
  • Collusion: supporting academic misconduct by another student, for example, allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another
  • Duplication of work: the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or core requirements (ex. submitting the same work for two different assignments)
  • Any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a student or that affects the results of another student (for example, falsifying a CAS record, sharing assessment questions, disclosure of information to and receipt of information from students about the content of an examination paper within 24 hours after a written examination via any form of communication/media).


Malpractice in Exam Sessions:

Incidents of misconduct include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Bringing unauthorized material into an exam-room
  • Misconduct during an exam
  • Supporting, or attempting to support, the passing on of exam related information
  • Copying the work of another student
  • Failing to comply with the instructions of those conducting the exam
  • Impersonating another student
  • Stealing examination papers
  • Using an unauthorized calculator or other smart device during an exam
  • Disclosing or discussing the content of an examination paper with a person outside the immediate school community within 24 hours of the end of the exam


Level 1:
These are primarily situations dealt with at the classroom level:

Occurrences at this level include wandering eyes on exams and quizzes, repetitive missing of exams, quizzes, class assessments, habitual absences on assignment due dates; and infractions involving classroom and homework assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of what constitutes Level 1 in a particular course.  Consequences:


  • No credit on assignment/assessment; must re-do assignment/assessment or alternate assignment/assessment
  • Teacher will contact parent/guardian 
  • Referral sent to Assistant Principals
  • Assistant Principal will notify all of the student’s teachers and enter the infraction in the discipline database.
  • Student will be placed on an Academic Integrity Contract and a copy will be mailed home.


Level 2: 

These are situations involving more serious ethical violations:

Occurrences at this level include deliberate exchange of information, flagrant copying of a secondary source, internet site, web-based information, or any work of another person, use of a “cheat sheet,” attempting to obtain points by modifying a previously marked paper, repeated instance of a Level 1 violation (previous violations of Level 1 need not have occurred in the same class), cell phones or other unauthorized electronic devices on a student’s person during an exam, or other serious violations of academic integrity. Consequences:


  • No credit on the assignment/assessment
  • Conference required with teacher(s), parent, student, and Assistant Principal (IB Coordinator if the violation is within the I.B. Programme)
  • Referral sent to Assistant Principals
  • Detention assigned
  • Assistant Principal will notify all teachers and enter the infraction in the discipline database
  • Students will be placed on an Academic Integrity Contract and a copy will be mailed home.


Level 3: 

These situations involve serious ethical violations and/or deliberate failure to adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy. Occurrences at this level include multiple occurrences of Level 2 (previous violations of Level 2 need not have occurred in the same class); other forms of clearly premeditated cheating, involvement in cheating conspiracies; involvement in blatant or extensive plagiarism beyond that of a Level 2; theft of assessment, instructional or administrative materials, breaching computer programs; and behavior that is threatening toward faculty or students. If the violation has occurred as part of a class, the student will receive a failing grade for the semester. Consequences:


  • No credit
  • Referral sent to Assistant Principal
  • Teacher contacts parents
  • Assistant Principal notifies all teachers
  • Parent conference 
  • Earned F for the semester. Student will continue attending course in order to keep up for second semester and/or final exams.
  • Entered in discipline database
  • If a college requires or requests information on cheating, the school will notify the college of any academic misconduct. Colleges may rescind acceptances of students who earn a D or F in courses their senior year. 


If any type of cheating takes place on an official IB Internal or External Assessment, or an AP exam, it will automatically result in a final grade of F for that semester, regardless if it is a first or second offense. If a student is an IB Diploma candidate this will also disqualify them from receiving the IB Diploma. They will however be able to receive certificates in any other IB class that they successfully complete. 


Any Extended Essay or Project found to be plagiarized will not be sent to the International Baccalaureate Office for scoring, thus disqualifying a student from earning a IB Diploma. 

Students and their parents/guardians,are responsible for understanding the need for maintaining the integrity of academics at Del Mar and the IB and AP programs. They are also expected to understand the guidelines and consequences of plagiarism and cheating.