Homework: Homework is to be completed by the student himself. It should never be completed or copied in whole or in part from another person, student or source. While it may be permissible to discuss homework assignments with other students, such discussion is a preliminary stage only, to be followed carefully at all times by individual effort, research and answering. In presenting homework, the student is in effect declaring, "This is my own work."
Assignments: Assignments prepared out of class, including lab reports, written responses, creative work, homework, and take-home tests or components of tests must be completed by the student and reflect the student’s own work. They should never be copied in part or in whole from another person, student or source, nor should they present the words, research or ideas of another person, student or source without proper acknowledgment. The student is expected to follow the instructions for preparing and submitting the assignment, and adhere to the practices for academic honesty outlined in the UCC Style Guide. When submitting an assignment, the student is in effect declaring, "This is my own work."
Essays: Essays must be completed by the student and be the student’s own work. Essays must never be copied in part or in whole from another person, student or source nor present the words, research or ideas of another person or source without proper acknowledgment. The student is expected to carefully follow instructions for preparing and submitting the essay, and to adhere to the practices of academic honesty outlined in the UCC Style Guide. When submitting an essay, the student is in effect declaring, "This is my own work."
Class Presentations and Seminars: Any work the student has prepared out of class for presentation in class is presumed to be entirely his own, unless he has made proper acknowledgment of help from another person, student or source. In making a class presentation, the student is in effect declaring, "This is my own work."
Collaboration: Unless specifically directed or permitted by the teacher, collaboration with another student in any academic work, including assignments, lab reports, essays, take-home tests or components of tests, is to be avoided at all times. The College encourages students to discuss and debate their ideas, for discussion and debate are basic to the educational experience. But in an academic assignment of any sort, discussion represents a preliminary and limited stage only, a means of stimulating one’s own approach and thinking. It must be followed by individual and unaided research, thinking and writing. Pooling ideas, sharing or assigning sections of writing, and incorporating another student’s ideas and writing into one’s own are examples of unacceptable collaboration. When such collaboration happens, the student cannot declare, "This is my own work." Unacknowledged collaboration or collaboration which has not been permitted by the teacher is cheating—and students whose academic work shows collaboration will be considered to have committed an offence against academic honesty.
Sharing Academic Work: Students should decline to share homework, assignments, essays and any notes or research with other students. In responding to a classmate’s enquiries for help, the student should do no more than clarify the assignment; he should not provide answers, ideas or materials. The classmate is expected to ensure that his work is "his own work" in all respects. When cheating or plagiarism occurs, a student who had allowed a classmate to borrow his work or who had given an inappropriate degree of assistance will be considered a party to the offence against academic honesty.
Receiving Outside Tutoring: A student who, for understandable reasons, engages a tutor for support in his academic work is especially reminded that a tutor is not a substitute for the student’s own research, thinking and writing. A responsible tutor guides the student by questioning and teaching necessary skills; the tutor does not do the work for the student. A student who receives excessive assistance from a tutor cannot declare, "This is my own work."
Seeking Guidance in Matters of Academic Honesty: A student who is in doubt about any aspect of the principles and practices of academic honesty should consult his teacher, House Adviser or the Librarian.
Academic Work for a Course: Academic work submitted for a course must always be submitted for that course only. Unless the student has requested and received explicit permission in advance from both teachers, the same piece of work, in whole or in part, must never be submitted in two separate courses.
Quizzes, Tests and Examinations: A student must write a quiz, test or examination based on his own knowledge and ability. The possession and/or use of unauthorized aids, texts, or notes of any kind during the writing of a quiz, test or examination is cheating. A student who gives unauthorized aid to another student in a quiz, test or examination will be considered a party to the offence against academic honesty.
Students in the IB: An offence against academic honesty in any area of formal IB evaluation, including all internally and externally assessed components, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, will compromise the awarding of subject grades and the diploma. Students enrolled in the IB program are especially reminded that, according to the Vade Mecum, "all work is to be the unaided work of the candidate" and "any breach of regulations resulting in a candidate’s work not being his own is considered to be malpractice by the person(s) involved." Students who comply with the UCC Code of Academic Honesty regarding their IB work can be confident that they meet IB expectations for academic honesty.
The disciplinary response to offences against academic honesty is designed to protect academic integrity in the interest of learning, and to promote the development of the habits and skills of academic responsibility in students. Cheating of any sort is a violation of community standards and the principles upon which an academic institution is built, and will not be tolerated in any form. In addition, an offence against academic honesty in academic work submitted by a UCC student in fulfilment of IB examinations, which includes all externally and internally assessed components, Extended Essays, and Theory of Knowledge, is subject to the penalty detailed in the IB Malpractice Policy.
The full text of the Code of Academic Honesty also appears in The Upper School Family Handbook, and should be consulted by all students.