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Academic Integrity: The FLVS Non-Negotiable

Academic Integrity: A Student’s Guide

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of learning at Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

What is academic integrity? Academic integrity means that all work you submit is created by you and is an original representation of your work. It means that what you submit as your work is your work.

Why is academic integrity important? When you submit an assignment that is not your own original work, you represent something incorrectly. There are two issues involved:

1.) 2.)

You are earning credit for learning material for which you have not demonstrated mastery. You may be violating the law.

What are some examples of academic integrity violations? There are two kinds of academic integrity violations. One is “plagiarism” and the other is “cheating.”

Plagiarism According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, plagiarism is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source.” Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

  • Copying and pasting a report from the Internet and representing it as your own work

  • Copying any other work and not properly citing authorship

Cheating According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, cheating is defined in multiple ways. But for the purposes of FLVS, two definitions are particularly relevant:

  • To influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice

  • a: To practice fraud or trickery b: To violate rules dishonestly <cheat at cards> <cheating on a

test> Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

  • Providing questions/answers/ work to another student

  • Receiving questions/answers/work from another student

Student Broker HB 7063 Digital Learning Act signed into Law and in effect as of July 1, 2012

The bill provides that it is unlawful for any person to knowingly and willfully take an online course or examination on behalf of another person for compensation. Violators commit a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by a term of imprisonment for up to 60 days or a fine of $500

What will happen to me if I plagiarize or cheat? A variety of consequences will be administered when you are caught cheating or plagiarizing. These consequences range from resubmission of an assignment up to expulsion from FLVS coursework for up to one year. Additionally, final grades may be rescinded if you are found to have cheated or plagiarized after the grade has been posted to your transcript. See Matrix on page 4

Failure to identify an academic integrity violation early in a course does not preclude the student from advanced consequences.

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