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Code of Conduct for Online Learning and Safety


International Beverage Academy (IBA) has an important goal: to help each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program. To help students and teachers be successful, a Code of Conduct for Online Learning and Safety is provided, outlining key expectations and guidelines for users of International Beverage Academy Management System, technology tools and curriculum relative to:

• Academic Honesty • Internet Etiquette

• Internet Safety

Academic Honesty

• Student Honor Code

Academic honesty is a key to learning and is essential for you to succeed in your environment. The following principles are best practices to maintaining academic honesty:

  • Students must not submit work of any kind that is not their own work.

  • Students must not plagiarize in any work (written, multimedia, oral, creative, etc.).

  • Students must not post assessments, assignments, answers to assessments or assignments, or any other curricular materials on any media that can be seen by other students or other third parties.

  • Students must not give or receive unauthorized assistance on assessments.

  • Mentors and parents must not give assistance on assessments.

  • Students must not present any forged documents to their teacher.


    Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic honesty and may result in a failing grade or other disciplinary action.

    What is Plagiarism?

    According to the Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, to plagiarize means:

    • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own

    • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source

    • to commit literary theft

    • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

      Given the serious nature of plagiarism, it is important for students to understand that they must give proper credit when they use other people’s ideas, words or results. To avoid plagiarism, students must use quotation marks to show when they are using someone else’s words, and then cite their source using accepted citation standards for the academic discipline. Students must also acknowledge when they are paraphrasing or summarizing someone else’s words or ideas. lists the following examples of plagiarism:

  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own

  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

  • Changing words by copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.


Use of Copyrighted Materials

It is important to understand that curriculum and courses used by Career Path High, including GradPoint, are copyrighted works. Downloading, copying, reproducing, distributing or modifying copyrighted content is any way without express written consent is copyright infringement. Music, movies and books are also examples of copyrighted works. Use of copyrighted materials in connection with your online coursework is strictly prohibited.

Internet Etiquette

Common principles of digital citizenship and acceptable network etiquette (netiquette) will help make your online learning more rewarding. Without the aid of facial expression or tone of voice, online communications are more easily misunderstood. Your teacher can review and model key guidelines for specific class protocol for effective Internet, email, and discussion group conduct, focusing on principles of safety, respect and clear, intelligent communication. Basic guidelines include the following:

  • Be safe—never give sensitive personal information online, like your user ID or password.

  • Be polite—always use an appropriate salutation and the person’s name to personalize your message;

    always use a digital signature at the end of an email to validate the message.

  • Be clear—always use a descriptive subject header or title so recipients can easily identify the focus of your email.

  • Be courteous – never flame or send insults, or respond to these types of emails; do not forward SPAM, chain letters, or other unsolicited advertising or messages.

  • Be brief—if your email needs to be longer than several paragraphs, identify that in the opening lines so the recipient can be prepared to read a longer email, or save the email for later.

  • Be smart – represent yourself intelligently by proofreading and checking your spelling and grammar before sending your message.

  • Be appropriate—do not use foul or inappropriate language; if you have a question as to whether your language is too strong or emotional, don’t send your message.

  • Be legal—obey copyright laws, and don’t use other’s content or images without permission.


Student Honor Code

Cheating, plagiarizing, or other acts of academic dishonesty are directly counter to the principles of academic excellence and harm most those students who engage in such activities—they cheat themselves of the opportunity to fully develop their intellectual abilities. This Honor Code serves to reinforce the students’ commitment to academic excellence.

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