The Ontario Online Academy (OOA) Code of Conduct is based on principles that promote teaching and learning as well as the highest standards of academic excellence and of personal behaviour. These principles include respect, honesty, integrity, responsibility and accountability.
Concerning Academic Activity
OOA is committed to the integrity of student achievement within its courses by promoting academic honesty. All work completed must be completed by the student registered for the course. OOA may review any work or correspondence submitted by a student to determine its authenticity and legitimacy.
In the event that a student’s academic activity is flagged as “concerning academic activity”, OOA may ask for the following:
- A sample of homework.
- Completion of a proctored midterm exam before receiving a midterm report card.
- A phone or Skype interview to verify the student’s knowledge.
Examples of concerning academic activity:
- A student who is achieving a mark above 85% with limited activity* in the course.
- A student who is achieving a dramatic mark increase from their prerequisite mark with limited activity* in the course.
*Limited activity includes: Homework not being viewed, forums not being viewed, limited viewing of lessons, receiving perfect on tests/quizzes without viewing lessons, etc.
- Academic offenses that will result in an automatic expulsion without refund include when a student:
- Shares passwords or evaluation answers with another student with the intent of gaining an unfair academic advantage.
- Uses another individual’s account to view course content during a quiz, unit test or final exam at any time while the student is completing an assessment.
- Copies answers from another student’s evaluation.
- Uses any device or other form of resource not permitted during the final exam, unless explicitly stated within the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
- Submits academic work for assessment that was purchased or acquired from another source.
- Accesses external content during the final exam.
Failure to Comply with the Code of Conduct
All OOA students are responsible for complying with the Code of Conduct. As a general principle, OOA reserves its right to apply a full range of sanctions, including expulsion without refund, to any offence committed by a student. In addition, it is not necessary that a student succeed in actually committing an offence for the full range of sanctions to be applied. For example, an attempt to cheat on a test may be just as serious as actually cheating on a test.