Escambia Virtual Academy

Student Policies

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Bullying

It is an expectation that all EVA students and employees shall use all equipment and programs for the intended educational purpose. EVA is committed to protecting its students and employees from bullying, harassment or inappropriate uses of EVA programs to participate in bullying behavior. Bullying and Harassment will not be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action.

Conduct that constitutes bullying or harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.

Bullying, harassment, cyberstalking is defined as inflicting physical or psychological distress,communicating words, images or language using electronic mail that causes emotional distress and for which there is no legitimate purpose.

Any action by a student or parent deemed inappropriate will be fully investigated by the appropriate school administrator.

Consequences for students for actions that violate the policy on bullying and harassment shall be determined by the administrative staff and may include:

  • Student/teacher/parent conference
  • Suspension of email privileges
  • Isolation of student in a separate shell where there is no access to other students
  • Removal from access to courses

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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of learning at Escambia Virtual Academy (EVA).  Because of its preeminence in all of our instruction, there are a variety of tools that we use in ensuring the integrity of student work. Among these tools are:

• Turnitin.com

This Internet tool compares student work against a variety of databases. The Learning Management System is now integrated with Turnitin.com, and most work is automatically uploaded to the system. This database compares students’ work against other students’ work , as well as work found on the Internet.

• Academic Integrity Database

EVA maintains its own database of student integrity incidences or violations. This database is used to monitor the number of student integrity issues.

• Teacher Expertise

EVA instructors have extensive classroom experience. Their expertise is often a guide in identifying the level of originality in student work.

• Discussion Based Assessments

Each teacher regularly conducts discussion based assessments with his or her students. These conversations occur at specific intervals as well as randomly in a course and are included in the assessment component of each course. The teacher discusses individual student work and extends the conversation to allow the student to demonstrate mastery of the content and to verify the authenticity of the student’s work.

• Proctored Exams

Each teacher can request a scheduled proctored exam at any time for a student.

Academic Integrity - Student Guide

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.) You are earning credit for learning material for which you have not demonstrated mastery.
2.) 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 EVA, two definitions are particularly relevant:

 

To influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice
To practice fraud or trickery; to violate rules

 

Some examples are, but not limited to the following:

Providing questions/answers/ work to another student
Receiving questions/answers/work from another student

• Allowing another person (i.e. parent, sibling, friend) to access and/or submit assignments

 

Student Broker

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, a broker is defined in multiple ways. But for the purposes of EVA, the definition is particularly relevant:
One who sells or distributes something: one who acts as an intermediary

 

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 EVA 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.  Generally, the following matrix will be used to determine consequences:

 

First Offense: Student and parent will be contacted by an administrator.  Student will be allowed to resubmit work with a 20% grade penalty.

Second Offense: Student and Parent will be contacted by an administrator.  Student will receive a zero for the assignment with no resubmission.

Third Offense: Student and Parent will be contacted by an administrator.  Student will be reported to the appropriate parties and investigated for violation for academic integrity in all courses.  Student will receive a minimum of a zero on the assignment and may receive an F in the course.  Additional penalties may be levied by the contracted provider. .

 

Continued violations will result in removal from Escambia Virtual Academy.

Student Drop Policy

EVA sets high expectations for the success of its students. We are committed to meeting the needs of all students and will work tirelessly to facilitate student success. To maintain instructional momentum, students are required to submit assignments in their course on a Weekly Basis and to maintain regular contact with their instructors.

  • Any student who does not make progress in the course for a period of 7 days and has not made prior arrangements with his/her instructor will be contacted by the instructor.    
  • The instructor will attempt to work with the student and parent to create a Success Plan for the student. 
  • Failure to respond to the attempts to contact the student, or failure to adhere to the Success Plan created by the student and family may result in Administrative Removal from the course with an F grade.

Students and parents acknowledge that during the first 14 days of being activated into a course, students may drop the course without penalty. There are a minimum number of assignments that must be completed each week in each. Failure to submit the minimum number of assignments on a weekly basis will result in removal from the course and may result in a failing grade being assigned to my academic transcript. Dropping the course for any reason after the 14-day grace period will result in receiving an "F" for the final grade on the transcript.  Students wishing to receive a high school diploma should consult with the proper administrator before dropping courses as this could impact graduation plans.

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Code of Conduct

Internet access is required for all EVA students, but access must be used in a responsible, safe, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. With expanded access to electronic information, availability of inappropriate material is not uncommon. Some sites contain illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive information. Although it is impossible to control such misuses, we believe that with responsible use, the benefits of the Internet as an educational tool outweigh the negatives. We especially appreciate partnering with parents to teach responsible Internet use.

Please review the following netiquette rules and expectations carefully:

  • Students are responsible for good behavior on all EVA platforms, just as they are in a traditional school building. Always use a computer in a way that shows consideration and respect. It is illegal to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language. (f.s. 847.001 Obscene Literature; Profanity).
  • We take integrity and authenticity of student work very seriously at EVA. Do not cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content or the work of your online classmates. Instructors do utilize technologies to check for authenticity. Copying, knowingly allowing others to copy from you, and/or misusing Internet content could result in removal from our courses.  Only students should access assignment submission areas of the course.
  • Security is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you can identify a security problem in the school's computers, network, or Internet connection, notify a system administrator.
  • It is illegal to create harmful computer viruses. (f.s. 815 Computer-Related Crimes).
  • Email is not private. Never say anything via email that you wouldn't mind seeing on the school bulletin board or in the local newspaper.
  • Beware of emails from anyone, particularly adults you don’t know, asking for personal information, attempting to arrange meetings, or engaging in personal contact. Alert your teacher or other EVA employee of any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Email with your online classmates should be course-related. It is prohibited to send unsolicited email to your online classmates.
  • Email addresses that use profanity or may be construed as offensive, shall not be permitted for EVA correspondence. EVA administration reserves the right to determine if student email addresses are inappropriate. When necessary, students will be asked to use an alternative email address or be refused for participation in courses.
  • Protect your password. Keep it secret from anyone except your parents.
  • EVA assumes no responsibility for any phone charges, line costs or usage fees for connectivity to the Internet.

School administrators will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through Internet access. In the event there is a claim that you have violated this policy, you will be provided with notice of the suspected violation and have an opportunity to present an explanation. Any violations may result in removal from  course(s), as well as other disciplinary or legal action. 

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