The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur upholds a policy of Academic Integrity that flows from its roots in the Catholic tradition and the philosophy of Saint Julie Billiart. Through education and personal guidance, the school’s policy is intended to foster in each student a responsibility to act honorably in regard to work that is her own and in respecting the work of others as separate from hers.
Acts of Academic Dishonesty are counter to the values of the Academy and are considered serious infractions of the school’s Honor Code.
Academic Dishonesty includes all acts by which a student fails to live up to the following Student Responsibilities:
- by submitting work that is not her own;
- by using information inappropriately obtained from others;
- by failing to acknowledge all sources used.
Academic Dishonesty may include:
Cheating, which includes inappropriately assisting or collaborating with other students or using material, including submission of the student’s own work that has already been used for another assignment, without explicit permission from the teacher;
Plagiarism, which presents the words, ideas or research of others as the student’s without citing the source or improperly citing the source;
Lying, which misrepresents the truth with the intention of falsifying, inventing, or deceiving.
Each student is responsible for:
- acknowledging that as a member of the Notre Dame community, she must uphold the Honor Code, which includes maintaining academic integrity;
- seeking help in learning the proper procedures for citing sources of information and/or working on group projects, assignments or study;
- showing respect for the efforts of the entire Notre Dame community to uphold the Honor Code;
- recognizing that by violating her personal integrity, she is compromising the integrity of the Academy;
- encouraging her classmates to live up to the Honor Code through personal example, discouraging acts of academic dishonesty and reporting violations of the Honor Code to the teacher of the course in which the violation has occurred;
- accepting that the Academy of Notre Dame reserves the right to remove any members from the community whose actions consistently demonstrate that they do not embrace the Honor Code and who disrespect academic integrity.
Members of the faculty are responsible for:
- communicating, in as many ways possible, what constitutes academic dishonesty, how to avoid cheating, plagiarizing, falsifying work, and inappropriately aiding other students;
- providing guidance and resources on the proper use of citations and sources, instruction on how students are to approach group projects and other forms of collaboration when such assignments are made, and avoiding ambiguous assignments or assessments;
- following appropriate procedures for addressing an incident of academic dishonesty as outlined below;
- respecting and upholding the confidentiality of students when dealing with an incident of academic dishonesty.
Procedures When Academic Dishonesty Occurs
In an instance of an alleged act of academic dishonesty, members of the administration, faculty, and staff will observe the following procedure:
- The teacher of the course becomes aware (either by his or her personal observation/discovery or by another faculty member, staff member, administrator or student who comes forward) that an alleged Honor Code violation has occurred.
- The teacher reports the information surrounding the alleged violation to the Dean of Students (High School) or Counselor (Junior School). A report is also sent to the Academic Dean.
- The Dean of Students (High School) or Counselor (Junior School), in consultation with the appropriate school principal (as well as the Academic Dean in the High School) and teacher(s), determines whether the act falls into the category of Academic Warning or Academic Offense and provides a written summary of the situation, which all involved parties sign for future reference.
An Academic Warning is given to a student whose first-time violation of Academic Integrity occurs out of ignorance.
Procedure for an Academic Warning
The teacher deals with the infraction himself or herself. The Academic Warning is reported to the Academic Dean and Dean of Students in the High School and tracked by the Dean of Students (High School) and the Counselor (Junior School), but the teacher determines the resulting action, which may include:
- notifying the parent/guardian;
- referring the student to the Learning Support Specialist and/or Counselor;
- tutoring the student to help her understand proper citations or clear up areas of confusion;
- giving the student an additional or alternative assignment;
- giving the student an opportunity to resubmit the assignment for credit.
An Academic Offense is one in which the student has intentionally and/or repeatedly committed a violation of academic integrity.
Procedure for an Academic Offense
An Academic Offense is reported to and tracked by the Dean of Students (High School) or Counselor (Junior School), who conducts any necessary investigation and manages any resulting action with the cooperation of the teacher of the course.
- In all cases of an academic offense, the Dean of Students and Academic Dean in the High School or Counselor in the Junior School will immediately meet with the student and the teacher and decide a course of action.
- In the case of a high school student, the Dean of Students will have the student phone her parent(s) or guardian(s) to arrange a meeting with the parent/guardian, teacher and student within the next two (2) days. At that meeting the violation will be outlined and the course of action will be explained.
- In the case of a Junior School student, the counselor will call the parent(s) or guardian(s) to arrange a meeting with the parent or guardian within two (2) days. At that meeting, the violation will be outlined and the course of action will be explained.
- The student and parent/guardian will be informed of a course of action, which may include any or all of the following:
- the student may receive a zero (0) on the assignment (first offense) or for the marking period (second offense);
- the student will write a letter of apology to the teacher of her course within two (2) days;
- the student will meet with her counselor for follow-up within two (2) days of receiving the sanction. The Counselor may also refer the student to the Learning Support Specialist as needed for academic support;
- the student may be removed from a currently held leadership position within the school for a specified period of time;
- the student will re-do the assignment or re-take the test or quiz; the teacher will determine the length of time she will have to re-submit the assignment or re-take the test or quiz and what credit she will receive;
- at the conclusion of this process, the appropriate principal will send a letter to the parent/guardian;
- should a student be found guilty of committing a third Academic Offense, she may be asked to withdraw from the Academy or face expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense.