Academic Integrity


Academic integrity is the cornerstone of learning at CVA and we take the integrity and authenticity of student work very seriously. When academic integrity is maintained, students will make decisions based on values that will prepare them to be productive, meaningful, and ethical citizens.

What is academic integrity? Academic integrity means that all work submitted is created by the student and is original work. The School for Ethical Education* defines academic integrity as honest academic work where:

  1. The ideas and the writing of others are properly cited; and
  2. Students submit their own work for tests and assignments without unauthorized assistance; and
  3. Students do not provide unauthorized assistance to others; and
  4. Students report their research or accomplishments accurately (for example, honestly listing accomplishments on a resume).

Simply stated, students should not copy or plagiarize internet content or the work of others or share their work with others.

Additionally, it is a violation of academic integrity to sell course material to another person or sell or upload course material to a third-party vendor (Course Hero, etc.)  without express written permission from both the program and the teacher.

*The School for Ethical Education is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to support ethical behavior in all human interactions. (www.ethicsed.org)

What are the consequences for failing to maintain academic integrity in a CVA class? A variety of consequences will be administered if students fail to maintain academic integrity in their course. The following table outlines these consequences.

The first occurrence of academic dishonesty results in parent contact by teacher and the ability to resubmit work for full credit. The Second occurrence results in parent contact by teacher, resubmit work for half credit, and local school notification. The Third occurrence results in parent contact by teacher, a permanent 0, parent contact by CVA Administration and local school notification. For the fourth occurrence and beyond, all of the previous consequences occur and the student may also be required to have mandated proctored exams and classwork. Other consequences as designated by CVA or local school administration apply to ALL Academic Integrity policy violations.

Academic Integrity violations are cumulative across courses.

At the discretion of the CVA Administration, academic integrity violations not specifically defined here or violations involving multiple assignments or courses may have additional and accelerated consequences.

Additional Academic Integrity Considerations:

  • All Cobb Virtual Academy students are required to take their EOC 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 may require students to perform additional tasks or assessments in proctored situations.