Your responsibility as an IB teacher
Teachers are responsible as follows:
- To be alert for obvious changes in a candidate’s style of writing, too error-free or more characteristic of an experienced academic than a typical secondary school student.
- Subject teachers are in the best position to identify work which may not be the authentic work of the student.
- Teachers are expected to read and check all candidates’ internal assessment works for authenticity before final submission.
- Any issues of authenticity arising from plagiarism and/or collusion before the submission of work for assessment must be decided within the school in discussion with the IB DP Co-ordinator.
- If the co-ordinator or teacher has reason to suspect that part or the whole of a candidate’s work, which counts towards the final IB Diploma grade in that subject may not be authentic, that work must not be submitted for assessment. In such cases, the IB suggest that one of two possible courses of action may be adopted:
- The candidate can be allowed one opportunity to revise and resubmit the work, which must be completed in time for the co-ordinator to send the work to the examiner by the appropriate IB deadline.
- If there is insufficient time, an F must be entered against the candidate’s name on the appropriate mark sheet. This will result in no grade being awarded for the subject concerned. This will mean that no Diploma is awarded.
- In line with the point above an F must be entered for candidate’s work, if the candidate is unable to prove, to the teacher’s satisfaction, that the work is his/her own, or when the teacher refuses to sign off the relevant cover sheet. Candidates must be prepared to prove their authorship, possibly through questioning on knowledge of the material presented.
- The school may make further decisions, in line with its own disciplinary policy, which may include expulsion, in addition to, or even prior to, the suggested course of action noted above.
- If plagiarism is detected after a candidate’s work has been accepted or submitted for assessment, the International Baccalaureate’s Curriculum and Assessment office (IBCA) must be informed