VITAL Academic Integrity Policy
integrity is a core value of VITAL Upper Cumberland e-Learning Network.
We are a learning organization dedicated to helping students make
decisions that will help them become productive and ethical adults and
We use a variety of tools to ensure the integrity of student work such as:
? Online plagiarism detection to compare student work to work found on the Internet.
Our teachers are experienced in the classroom and they have extensive
expertise in identifying the originality of student work.
Instructors may at any time choose to engage students in an informal
oral assessment via phone to allow students to demonstrate mastery of
content as well as verify that thestudent’s work is their own. Teachers
may request a scheduled face to face unit test or exam at any time.
Generally academic integrity violations fall into three broad categories:
work that has been copied or pasted from a published resource such as,
but not limited to, Internet sites, printed media, or any other source
without the proper credit.
other person's work or work from any source including hard drives,
software, or answer banks (such as, but not limited to Yahoo! Answers,
Craigslist, translator services, etc.) as your own. Examples include
soliciting answers or help via any form of digital communication,
documented inappropriate discussions, student to student cheating, and
cheating in a lab classroom.
Sharing or selling work
a virtual or hard copy file of any work, whether compensation occurs or
not, or posting work to a secondary source, such as, but not limited to
A variety of consequences can
be administered if students are caught cheating or plagiarizing ranging
from a chance to redo the assignment to expulsion from the VITAL
program. See the chart below.