Academic Honesty


Academic Honesty


What is academic honesty? 

IB programmes encourage students to inquire, take action and critically reflect on what they learn and how it affects their attitudes and behaviour. They should be able to:

make their thoughts and their learning explicit

show how they have developed their ideas

demonstrate the views they have followed or rejected.


This is essentially what academic honesty is about— making knowledge, understanding and thinking transparent.

Students need to understand that people construct knowledge together. We all must reflect on our roles in furthering knowledge and building understanding. An essential aspect of this is an understanding of academic honesty.

Academic honesty must be seen as a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning and assessment. It is influenced and shaped by a variety of factors including peer pressure, culture, parental expectations, role-modelling and taught skills.*


What does the International Baccalaureate (IB) expect of academically honest students?

  • Academic honesty connects with the IB learner profile, which is the IB’s mission translated into a group of learning outcomes for today’s students, and links to students’ developing competencies in self-management, research and communication.
  • It is common practice in all aspects of life to be inspired by, or to adapt, ideas or work of others. It is acceptable to build on the work of others and still produce authentic work. However, in an age flooded with shared information and shared opinions, younger learners can find the concept of intellectual property difficult to understand.
  • The key is to guide them in building an understanding that using other people’s work is acceptable, but honesty requires them to explicitly give credit to the original author.
  • A student surrounded by a nurturing learning environment will be conscientious and become a lifelong learner acting with integrity in all aspects of life.

*Middle Years Programme. MYP: From principles into practice. May 2014. P. 76.


Academic Honesty Standard

Students enrolled in the IB MYP (and DP) at Millard Public Schools are expected to follow the Academic Honesty Policy established in both the Millard North High School and Millard North Middle School Student Handbook section entitled Standards for Student Conduct.  Students are expected to submit authentic pieces of work that are based on their own original ideas.  In cases where outside help was obtained, students are expected to appropriately acknowledge the ideas and or work of others.


Please note the following excerpt from the Standards for Student Conduct.  


 MPS Policy 5400.6.VI.C: Dishonesty 

  • Dishonesty that interferes with the educational process 

1. Maximum Sanction: Expulsion. 

2. Extracurricular Sanction: Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of suspension or expulsion. 

Millard North High School Student & Parent Guide VI.C.1. (2014-15)

Millard North Middle School Student & Parent Guide VI.C.1. (2014-15)


MPS Policy 5400.6.VI.D: Cheating or Plagiarism 

  • Cheating on examinations including but not limited to ELO examinations. 
  • Plagiarism on projects including but not limited to reports, research papers, and portfolios 

1. Maximum Sanction: Long-term suspension. 

2. Extracurricular Sanction: Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of suspension. 

Millard North High School Student & Parent Guide V1.D.1. (2014-2015) 

Millard North Middle School Student & Parent Guide VI.C.1. (2014-2015)


According to the IB-MYP teaching and learning promotes the understanding and practice of academic honesty.  If it is determined that an act of in-school academic malpractice has occurred, the student will not receive credit for the work submitted.  The act of academic dishonesty will be recorded as a referral in Synergy.