Your responsibility as an IB Student
The issue of academic honesty relates to the IB learner profile in three main ways:
- Inquirers We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
- Principled We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences
- Reflective We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
Developing good academic research skills is essential to your IB success; therefore, it is crucial you are fully aware of your responsibilities in respect of academic honesty:
- You are responsible for ensuring that all work submitted for assessment is yours alone.
- You are responsible for accurately and completely acknowledging the work and ideas of others
- You are expected to review your own work before submission for assessment to identify any passages, computer programmes, data, photographs, images, and other materials which require referencing.
- You are expected to comply with all internal school deadlines. This is for your own benefit and may allow time for revising work that is of doubtful authorship
- You should be aware that once a student has ‘signed off’ the official IB DP coversheet, indicating that and internally assessed piece of work is authentically his/hers, there is no opportunity to resubmit different work, if the first submission is deemed to be plagiarised.
- You should be aware that teachers have the right to refuse to sign your cover sheet if they do not believe you completed the work, and if you cannot prove your ownership to their satisfaction, or the satisfaction of the IB DP Co-ordinator. The IB will accept the teacher’s decision in this case.
- If academic dishonesty is suspected, it is your responsibility to prove that all pieces of work are his/her own, and have not been plagiarised.