Academic Integrity and Plagiarism


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Each student enrolled in an online course will adhere to the academic integrity policy outlined below. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action and may jeopardize the student's continuation in the course and the awarding of academic credit.

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is a concept used to address the many facets of authenticity within a student's work. A student who upholds a high standard of academic integrity maintains that all work turned in is his or her own and is based on the knowledge he or she has acquired.

The technology age has brought fast access to any and all information on the web. Because of this, educational institutions must be increasingly vigilant in maintaining accountability measures which ensure academic integrity.

It is important that as you take courses online, you are equipped to utilize technology appropriately. The Internet can be a powerful research tool. The key is to know how to use it and what is appropriate.

Students working on computer

Academic Integrity means...


Plagiarism is mentioned above. What is plagiarism exactly?

Plagiarism is copying or using ideas or words from another person, an online classmate, or an Internet or print source and presenting them as your own.

Some examples of plagiarism:

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Student Code of Conduct/Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Internet access is required for students who take courses with Marion Virtual School. Internet access offers valuable, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Access must be used in a responsible, safe, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. The following guidelines cover what is expected of students in our online learning environment.

With access to computers and people from around the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered appropriate in the school setting. Families should be warned that some material obtained via the Internet may contain items that are potentially illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive. On a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information, either by accident or deliberately. We firmly believe that the benefits to students from online access far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with our educational goals.

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MVS Science Courses

There are many potential hazards in a science laboratory. However, in general, accidents caused by these hazards can be avoided if the student is familiar with laboratory techniques and a few simple and basic rules are followed. Most of the materials you will be working with in an MVS science course are ones that can be found in the home. However, even these items can cause harm if mishandled.

The safest way to handle chemicals is to treat them all with care. There is no substitute for good technique in eliminating accidents. By clicking ‘I Agree’, you agree to read and abide by the safety rules and procedures in your MVS science course. By approving the course, the parent/guardian agrees to supervise the science experiments presented in the course. If you have additional questions, please contact your MVS science teacher.

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Right to Privacy

Marion Virtual School will abide by the student privacy guidelines set forth by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The following persons have access to student records:

Marion Virtual School will provide an academic transcript to the student's primary school of record upon completion of their online course(s), or at any time upon the request of the primary school and/or student's legal guardian.

The names of MVS students, their images, and their course work will not be published on our website or in video without student and guardian consent.

All MVS students are provided a unique password that will allow them to access their online courses. It is the responsibility of the student to keep his/her password in confidence.

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Student Contact and Drop Policy

Only through continuous communication can students be successful in an online course. Within each course the instructor outlines the weekly minimum work requirements. It is essential that the student and instructor maintain regular contact. To ensure that our students are aware of this commitment, the four-part process below will be followed:

I acknowledge that during the first 28 days of being activated into my MVS course I may drop the course without penalty. I understand that for each online course there are a minimum number of assignments that must be completed each week. Failure to submit the minimum number of assignments on a weekly basis will result in my removal from the course and may result in a failing grade being assigned to my academic transcript. If I drop the course after completing 50% of the class requirements and fail to take the final exam, Marion Virtual School will issue an "F" for my final grade.

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MVS Final Exam Philosophy

The purpose of the final exam is to assist in validating that students have demonstrated mastery of key course concepts and standards. The final exam, by itself, is not the sole determiner of student achievement; however, students are required to take and successfully pass a final exam in all MVS courses. Because MVS is not a 'one-size-fits-all' educational program; the design and delivery of the final exam should reflect the various learning styles of our students.

MVS Final Exam Policies:
Each course must have a comprehensive final exam that allows students to demonstrate the competencies outlined in the Sunshine State Standards and/or other applicable course standards. The final exam must account for a minimum of 10% of the final course grade but no more than 25%. All students will take a final exam at the end of the course. Exams will be delivered in a manner that validates learning and is in the best interest of the student. Students who do not successfully pass the final exam should be placed on a schedule of remediation targeting their areas of weakness. They shall be given additional opportunities to pass a final assessment. The type of re-examination that the student is provided may be the same as the original or changed based on the judgment of the teacher and needs of the student. If a student refuses to re-take the final assessment, the teacher's supervisor must be consulted prior to issuing the final grade. Exempting a student from taking some form of final course assessment must be cleared by the teacher’s supervisor. A final grade should be entered into the student's academic record only after they have successfully passed the final exam. MVS instructors should consult with their immediate supervisor, Instructional Leader, and Guidance Counselor before any student is issued a final grade of "F".

Types of Final Exams:
A Teacher-Directed Final Assessment (TDFA) is the exam of choice and should comprise the vast majority of all exams given throughout MVS. TDFAs are teacher-administered and teacher- directed. They may be given at any time upon completion of the course. It is suggested that these exams be placed into the MVS course management system as either online or offline assessments so they are part of the student’s record and grade. Teacher-Directed Final Assessments may be in the form of a traditional final exam delivered online or face-to-face with the MVS teacher.  They may also be given orally, or through an end-of-course project/portfolio review.

An Exceptional Final Assessment should only be used under documented circumstances. Marion Virtual School recognizes that there are times when a face-to-face exam may be required due to exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances may include but are not limited to:

Regardless of the type of final exam that is given, it is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that the exam is both a reliable and valid instrument to assess student learning and that the exam, both in design and delivery, is provided in a manner that ensures a high degree of student authenticity of work. Any change in how final exams are designed or delivered must have the approval of the MVS/FLVS Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the Instructional Leader.

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