At Fairview High School, we seek to foster an inclusive environment where each student has the academic support and freedom they need to excel. Fairview’s Honor Council is currently revising the academic integrity policy to better adhere to IB guidelines and to create awareness and cohesiveness in the students’, parents’ and teachers’ understandings of academic integrity.
Parents can have a profound impact on a student’s academic behavior. Parents should be aware of the level of stress that a student may experience during high school, empathize with and encourage the student, and refrain from placing any unnecessary or unrealistic expectations on the student. There may be times when parents feel the urge offer aid, perhaps in the form of completing an assignment or by allowing a student to miss school. It is important to realize that although a student may receive a higher grade, the skills of time management and character development are much more valuable in the long run, and such actions are a violation of Fairview’s academic honesty policy.
Parents can help mitigate academic dishonesty and appropriately aid their child by promoting realistic expectations and results. By emphasizing learning over grades - though grades have their merits - parents can reduce a student’s stress level and academic burden.
- Preferably parents should not call students in sick for an exam when the student is, in reality, just unprepared, because it gives an unfair advantage to the student.
What to do instead: Help the student to better organize their time and start studying several days in advance, or, ask the student to approach their teacher and ask for more time to prepare.
Preferably parents should not complete homework for their student, and should only help if it is allowed by the teacher.
What to do instead: Suggest that the student goes to office hours for the class and seek help from their teacher or ask their teacher what other resources can be used.
Preferably parents should ensure their student does not overly rely on solutions manuals.
What to do instead: Contact a tutor if the student is having trouble learning material or consider moving to an easier course.
Consequences: If caught cheating, a student will generally receive a zero for the assignment and may not receive a recommendation for placement in advanced classes. Depending on the infraction, students may also be removed from the IB program, have an in-school suspension, and their colleges may be notified. All consequences are cumulative throughout the student’s academic career at FHS. The specific consequences can be found in the parent handbook on the FHS website.