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:
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."
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
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
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.