Course Catalog

Academic Honesty

As members of Cobb County School District, students have a responsibility to conduct themselves with the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Academic honesty is one of the most important characteristics of any class. Through Cobb Virtual Academy, students are given the opportunity to achieve academically through an online environment; therefore, it is very important that mutual trust exists between instructors and students. Accordingly, honesty in all academic matters is expected from all students. Any attempt to cheat, plagiarize, falsify information, or receive credit for work you did not do will be considered dishonest behavior and will be dealt with accordingly by the instructor and administration.
The following are examples of some, but not all, acts that are considered dishonest behavior:

  1. Plagiarism (representing another’s ideas, words, expressions, or data in writing or presentation without properly acknowledging the source).
  2. Submitting work through the use of another person's password/login is considered dishonest behavior. Student logins/passwords are confidential information that should not be shared with others. Any assignments, work, or projects posted while using another student's login will be considered plagiarism.
  3. Cheating (intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized material, assistance, or study aids in any academic work). Cheating includes copying another student’s work and submitting it as your own.
  4. Performing work or taking an examination for another student.
  5. Falsification and/or misrepresentation of data (submitting made up data or sources).
  6. Computer crimes (damaging computer programs, hacking, constructing viruses, introducing viruses into a system, copying programs, etc.)

Academic dishonesty will result in one or more of the following actions:
Loss of grade points
Removal from the course
Failure to receive credit for the course
Loss of eligibility to earn credits through Cobb Virtual Academy

All Cobb Virtual Academy students are required to take their final exams/end of course tests in a face-to-face setting with a proctor. The performance on the final exam should closely match the work on assignments and other quizzes and tests. Cobb Virtual Academy teachers have the ability to require that students perform other tasks or undergo additional assessments in proctored situations. If a Cobb Virtual Academy teacher suspects that there is a problem with academic integrity, the local school administrator will be informed.

Plagiarism Detection Technology

Students should be aware that  Cobb Virtual Academy instructors use several technologies to check student work for authenticity, including but not limited to the upload of student work to anti-plagiarism software. In order to maintain the integrity of all Cobb Virtual Academy grades, instructors may choose to facilitate random oral assessments and/or face to face exams. If an instructor confirms that a student has plagiarized work in any manner, the student will be subject to consequences determined by Cobb Virtual Academy administration and may be removed from the course with a failing grade.


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