Regular attendance is key to student success. Students who do not attend/log on regularly and/or who do not actively participate in their courses seriously jeopardize their opportunities to learn and reach their potential. Teachers will monitor attendance patterns for their respective students and will work with them, and their parents/guardians to support students in any way they can. If student attendance issues cannot be resolved, the administration will be informed and possible consequences may include: student and parental/guardian contact, attendance contracts, or even removal from the program. Ontario Virtual School operates on a continuous entry and exit model where there is no defined start date or end date. It is therefore the students’ responsibility to communicate their anticipated endpoint to the teacher and then adhere to that timeline (within reason). Attendance for record keeping purposes will be based on the number of completed lessons. For example, if a course has 20 different lessons to complete and the student has completed 16 of these, the attendance register would indicate that the student was in attendance 80% of the credit course. This value will be scaled accordingly for the mid-semester report card. Students who do not complete their courses within 12 months will be removed from the course and will not be reinstated unless there are extenuating circumstances that can be verified by appropriate documentation
Cheating and Plagiarism
“Learning is enhanced when students think independently and honestly”. It is expected that students will demonstrate respect for the intellectual property rights of others and adhere to a code of honor in all course activities. Students must understand that the tests/exams they complete and the assignments they submit for evaluation must be their own work and that cheating and plagiarism will not be condoned.
Plagiarism is defined by OVS as
The use of ideas or thoughts of a person other than the writer, without proper acknowledgement; The use of direct quotations, or of material paraphrased and/or summarized by the writer; The submission of an assignment that has been written in part or in whole by someone else as one’s own; and The submission of material that has been obtained from a computerized source, with or without minor modifications, as one’s own.
Cheating is defined by OVS as
The buying and/or selling of assignments, or exam/test questions; Submission of the same piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the teacher; The preparation of an assignment by someone else other than the stated writer; Allowing one’s assignment to be copied by someone else; Providing another student your assignment; The unauthorized giving or receiving of information or assistance during an examination or a test. Academic dishonesty destroys the integrity of the program by diminishing the learning experience for the entire Ontario Virtual School community. Therefore, maintaining academic integrity is imperative. Whether intentional or through the ignorance of the policy, acts of academic dishonesty are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. These acts and the parties involved will receive a mark of zero for the assignment. In addition, all students involved will be subject to additional consequences which will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. These consequences will reflect a continuum of behavioral and academic responses and consequences, based on at least the following four factors: