Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

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In accordance to the WRDSB’s  Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting policy, all GRCI students should be aware of the procedures and policies regarding Academic Honesty and Plagiarism. View the PowerPoint presentation that explains GRCI’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters:

“Students are responsible for being academically honest in all aspects of their schoolwork.”  (Waterloo Region District School Board.  Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Handbook  2013, 21.).


I.  Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) the following examples:

  • Taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own
  • Handing in the same assignment for more than one course without the permission of all teachers involved
  • Using your old work for a new course
  • Using a language translator
  • Copying off someone else’s exam, test or quiz; or passing (texting or sending digital images) answers to other students
  • Cutting and pasting from the internet or a book without attributing ownership
  • Paraphrasing (putting others’ opinions into your own words) without attributing ownership
  • Inserting images, photographs, sound or video recordings, websites, blogs, and/or statistics into your submitted work without attributing ownership

Better understand and learn how to avoid plagiarism by using these websites:

II.  GRCI Consequences for Plagiarism

If your teacher suspects that you have plagiarized or cheated, your teacher will inform your Vice Principal and meet with you to determine the nature and extent of the incident and your understanding of the situation and intent.

If it is determined that you have plagiarized or cheated, you may face one or more of the following:

  • your parents will be notified
  • within a given time, redo part or all of the assignment, or complete an alternative assignment
  • a record of your academic infraction will be logged and kept in the main office until you graduate
  • the incident will be reflected on your report card in the Learning Skills and Work Habits section of the Provincial Report Card
  • “The Report Card must be used to reflect incidents of cheating and plagiarism.”  (AER Handbook, 43)]
  • You will complete an Academic Honesty Tutorial with the school’s Teacher-Librarian
All consequences will be progressive in nature and take into consideration the number and frequency of incidents and the grade level, maturity and individual circumstances of the student.