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Our School Academic Honesty Policy

Atlanta International School Academic Honesty Policy Rationale

As reflected in our Mission Statement, AIS strives to develop community members that, “have a solid sense of self and respect for others—as individuals, as members of a group, as citizens of their nations, and as members of the global community.” Students support this in their Student Statement of Beliefs when they pledge to, “respect who others are, to have a solid sense of who we are, and to strive to develop our beliefs and sense of self through respectful coexistence and interactions with other members of the AIS community” and vow to, "commit to academic honesty including but not limited to never cheating and/or plagiarizing.” These beliefs can find their foundation in the ten characteristics articulated in the IB Learner Profile. To this end, it is imperative that the community recognize the importance of integrity, not just in academic areas, but in every aspect of daily life.


All members of the AIS community are expected to adhere to the academic honesty standards set forth in this document. Community members should take advantage of the expertise and resources of the school librarians when questions arise about plagiarism, copyright, other ethical issues, and good academic practice for referencing sources. Teachers will not only teach academic honesty but will also model good practice. Administrators will support them in this effort. Parents also have a role to play by becoming informed of the expectations placed on students and supporting these practices. Together, all community members, working under the same understandings, will create an environment that promotes academic honesty. 

This policy promotes good practices and provides assistance in understanding and following the academic honesty policy and goals of the school. To aid in the understanding of these goals, common definitions of key terms can be found here. Age appropriate descriptions for how academic honesty pertains to referencing, group work, homework, classwork, tests, and exams can be found for PYP, MYP, and DP. It is understood that this academic honesty policy is integrally related to and is a part of our policies with respect to use of technology and student use of mobile devices; this is reflected in the school’s Responsible Use Policy. The AIS community will follow the Modern Language Association style for referencing of sources, as applied in an age appropriate fashion following guidelines for K through 2 and Noodletools for grades 3 through 12.


If members of our community do not respect these academic honesty guidelines, the open communications policy and the procedures that support student expectations will be followed. Consequences for a diploma student who is found to have committed malpractice may include action by the International Baccalaureate Organization in accordance with its Academic Honesty publication.

Special Considerations as an International School Community

Special effort should be made to make sure that cultural and language differences do not impede the understandings needed by all parties involved. Especially in a school community which reflects a variety of cultural backgrounds, parents and other legal guardians’ understanding of the cross-cultural perspectives of academic honesty is vital.

Key Terms:

  • academic dishonesty: see malpractice
  • collusion: supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or
  • duplication of work: the presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements
  • intellectual property: property that results from original creative thought
  • in ­text citations: citations that come at the end of a sentence in a paper, within parentheses, that identifies the source of that particular piece of information (also known as parenthetical references)
  • malpractice: plagiarism, collusion, duplication of work, or any other behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate
  • paraphrasing: restating another person’s words using your own words
  • plagiarism: the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own submitted for assessment by another
  • summarizing: the process of giving a brief description of another’s main points



Rest assured there are always consequences to Plagiarism. It really depends on where you are in life. 

  • School
  • College
  • Work 
  • Elected Official

Anyone can fall victim to plagiarism so please remember to attribute the original authors words or ideas if you want to incorporate them into your own research.

Ask a teacher or a librarian for help!


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