(Updated February 2017)

At SCIDES, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students – whether on site or in the virtual setting of the internet – regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or culture. The BC Human Rights Code provides us with a guideline, which we are dedicated to following. We believe that a supportive environment, free from discrimination and bullying, is the best kind of learning environment.

All of our students are expected to follow this code, without exception. Being exemplary citizens during school time and beyond is what everyone should strive for. Any conduct that violates the Code of Conduct will be considered a breach.

Exemplary Conduct

We expect students to:

  • be respectful and kind to every member of the community and contribute to their feeling of safety
  • be respectful of the school’s facility and grounds
  • make an effort to understand and respect different opinions and lifestyles
  • consistently try their best
  • respect others’ property
  • exhibit zero tolerance for bullying or similar behavior – always inform an appropriate adult (ie. member of staff)
  • dress appropriately for the school environment
  • carry a positive attitude
  • model respectful and responsible behaviour to their peers and younger students, in the community, and while acting as school ambassadors

Unacceptable Conduct

We expect that students will not:

  • endanger themselves or others
  • interfere with others’ academic efforts
  • violate Academic Integrity (plagiarism)
  • violate the Code of Conduct by bringing unsafe and dangerous items to school events (like knives, guns, fireworks…), bringing intoxicating or banned substances to the school or grounds, or any acts of theft or vandalism
  • demonstrate any signs of bullying or harassment, whether face-to-face or electronically, including retribution against any person who has reported incidents
  • discriminate against any person, regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or culture
  • allow intruders or trespassers on school property, a visitor to the school must first report to the office
  • misuse cyberspace/cell phones/electronic devices/computers – students should be aware they may be subject to discipline (or, if applicable, confiscation of personal property) for misuse of technology if it negatively impacts on the school environment 

Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list

We realize that due to personal circumstances some students may not be able to follow the Code of Conduct at all times. These cases will receive individual consideration.

The older the student, the higher our expectation of their behaviour will be. We encourage older students, who are aware of their responsibility and willing to take it on, to be positive role models for other students. Exemplary behaviour will guide younger students to reach their full potential in being peer helpers, and become role models, themselves.

Disciplinary Action

Any violations of the Code of Conduct will be followed by disciplinary action, depending on the severity of the violation, as well as the age and ability of the student. SCIDES always strives to deliver disciplinary action as a positive learning experience, rather than a punishment; however, constant violations of the Code of Conduct will result in escalating consequences and can include loss of privileges, parent involvement, and counselling.

Disciplinary action always includes notification of parents (offenders, victims, and in some cases all parents), school officials, and – when required by law – the police or other community agencies.

Academic Integrity

Equally as important as the Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity is an essential part of SCIDES’ educational standards.

Our teachers constantly check online, to make sure students do not plagiarise others’ work, and will contact students regarding assignments containing uncited passages or thoughts and writings of another person. 

Plagiarism Policy

Our teachers constantly check online, to make sure our students don’t plagiarise others’ work and will return any assignments containing uncited passages or thoughts and writing of another person.
 
The verb plagiarise is described in the Oxford Canadian Dictionary as:  “1. take and use the thoughts, writings, inventions, etc. of another person as one’s own. 2. pass off the thoughts, etc of another person as one’s own.” 
 
For example: If you did not use quotation marks around any of the directly quoted material, or cited the articles from which you borrowed the material, it would be considered an act of plagiarism. Even when minor changes or omissions are made to the original article, it still constitutes misuse of the source and is therefore plagiarism.
 
It is important to learn about the severity of plagiarism.  At the University of British Columbia, penalties for plagiarising “include (but are not limited to) the following:
 
  • A failing grade or mark of zero in the course, examination, or assignment in which the academic misconduct occurred.
  • Suspension from the University for a specified period of time, or indefinitely.
  • Reprimand, with letter placed in a student's file.
  • A notation on the student's permanent record of the penalty imposed.”
 
(From: the University of British Columbia Calendar)

Please visit the following website to get some ideas on how to avoid plagiarism: Ideas on how to avoid plagiarism

At SCIDES, as an initial measure, our teachers will always return your assignment, marked as incomplete. You will have a chance to re-do the assignment, and you are expected to be careful to avoid plagiarism in he future. Please connect with your teacher for support in learning how to avoid plagiarism. SCIDES encourages all students to learn the skills that are necessary to use your own ideas in your writing.  Many students struggle with this skill; but it is something that must be learned, particularly for anyone intending to go on to post-secondary education.
 
Any further instances of plagiarism, after the initial violation, will be given a mark of zero, with no opportunity for correction. An official letter will be also be formulated and sent to the student and to the school of record, who puts it in the student file.
 
Further instances of plagiarism may lead to withdrawal from the SCIDES course or even from the SCIDES program.
 
If you have any questions about the above policy, please contact the SCIDES Principal at 250 378 4245