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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

*Please note that these policies can be found in the JFR Student Handbook.

It is the policy of John F. Ross that students do not plagiarize. Those who do are subject to progressive discipline according to the following policy. Students are to be taught what plagiarism is and what consequences will be applied for any infractions. This instruction begins in the junior level in our school, and continues in all of our courses where research is required. Junior students (grade 9 and 10) are taught to understand the concept of plagiarism and academic dishonesty and to reference properly. Senior students (grade 11 and 12) are expected to be knowledgeable about the concept of plagiarism and academic dishonesty. They must be reminded of the teachers/departments/schools expectations and will be held fully accountable.


Plagiarism is the act of taking, using, and passing off another person’s idea, thoughts, writings, inventions etc. without acknowledging the source. These sources can include any of the following: essays, newspaper articles, literary journals, and composition, artworks, Internet sites, software, television programs, live plays or other oral presentations, recorded music, images, translations and movies, etc.

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Procedures & Penalties

First Offence

Second Offence