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Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity is a core value of Michigan Online School and is expected from every student.

MOS students will abide by the following guidelines regarding Academic Integrity:

  • All exams and assignments will be the original work of the student.
  • Any collaboration on assignments with other students must be pre-approved by the instructor.
  • Students will not allow other students to copy or re-use their work.
  • Plagiarism (described below) is strictly forbidden.

    Plagiarism is copying or using ideas or words (from another person or classmate, the Internet, or other print source) and representing them as your own. If an instructor confirms that a student has plagiarized work in any manner, the students will be subject to consequences determined by MOS administration and may be removed from the course with a failing grade.

Michigan Online School uses a variety of tools and protocols to ensure Academic Integrity. Some of these include:

  • - This Internet tool compares student work against a variety of databases. The MOS Learning Management System is now integrated with, and most work is automatically uploaded to the system. This database compares students' work against other students’ work, as well as work found on the Internet.
  • Academic Integrity Database - MOS maintains its own database of student work. This database is used to compare student-to-student work to verify student originality.
  • Teacher Expertise - MOS instructors have extensive classroom experience. Their expertise is often a guide in identifying the level of originality in student work.
  • Discussion-Based Assessments - Each teacher regularly conducts discussion-based assessments with his or her students. These conversations occur at specific intervals in a course and are included in the assessment component of each course. The teacher discusses individual student work and extends the conversation to verify the authenticity of the student work while identifying useful connections to previous course material. It is expected that the work submitted by the student will align with level of mastery demonstrated in the discussion-based assessment.
  • Proctored Exams - Teachers may schedule a proctored exam at any time for a student.
  • Academic Integrity Hotline/Email - Community members, guidance counselors, parents, and students can anonymously call or email MOS administrators to alert them of any academic integrity-related issue.