Albion Middle School
Research Integrity Guidelines

Goals
We at Albion Middle School understand the importance of using information ethically and following intellectual property laws. We want students to responsibly use and document information in different formats. We also believe that students must be accountable for using the ideas and words of others in an ethical manner.

Plagiarism is not acceptable. Be careful of the following types of plagiarism:
  • Intentional plagiarism--the student turns in work knowing that he is using another person’s work as his own,
  • Unintentional plagiarism—the student imprecisely documents or does not attribute information found in his paper; he/she fails to document all sources used.

Responsibilities of Students
  • Do not use another person’s work as your own,
  • Use information ethically by paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting directly,
  • Attribute in the body of the paper the sources of information used,
  • Create a Works Cited page to document all print, non-print, and media sources and images,
  • Document sources regardless of how the information is presented (report, poster, oral presentation, multi-media, etc.)

Examples of plagiarism:
  • Direct copying from a source that is submitted as the student’s own work (could be copied from the internet, a book, an encyclopedia, or from another student),
  • Lack of attribution (in-text documentation or Works Cited page),
  • Incomplete attribution (in-text documentation or Works Cited page),
  • Documentation that does not check out or does not match the Works Cited page.

Consequences and Opportunity for Learning
If plagiarism occurs, the teacher will give the student a second opportunity to redo the assignment; this could include submitting a completely different assignment or providing additional documentation (if the in-text documentation or Works Cited page is incomplete or missing). A student’s citizenship grade will be lowered if plagiarism occurs. Parents will be notified, and if another instance of plagiarism occurs, a think time may be given or the administration may be notified.


Source: Adapted from “Research Integrity Policy,”Springfield Township High School. Retrieved 7 Jul 2007, from <http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/acadintegrity.html>