Student Code of Conduct

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is key to student success. Students who do not attend/log on regularly and/or who do not actively participate in their courses seriously jeopardize their opportunities to learn and reach their potential. We encourage all students to take full advantage as there is a correlation between attendance and grades and students are expected to login 2-3 times per week.

The school and teachers will monitor attendance patterns for their respective students and will work with them, and their parents/guardians to support students in any way they can. If student attendance issues cannot be resolved, the administration will be informed and possible consequences may include: student and parental/guardian contact, attendance contracts, or even removal from the program.

Ontario eSecondary operates on a continuous entry and exit model where there is no defined start date or end date. It is, therefore, the students’ responsibility to communicate their anticipated endpoint to the teacher and then adhere to that timeline (within reason). Attendance for record keeping purposes will be based on the number of completed lessons. For example, if a course has 10 different lessons to complete and the student has completed 8 of these, the attendance register would indicate that the student was in attendance 80% of the 110 hours per credit course. This value will be scaled accordingly for the mid-semester report card.

Students who do not complete their courses within 6 months will be removed from the course and will not be reinstated unless there are extenuating circumstances that can be verified by appropriate documentation

CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM

“Learning is enhanced when students think independently and honestly”. It is expected that students will demonstrate respect for the intellectual property rights of others and adhere to a code of honor in all course activities. Students must understand that the tests/exams they complete and the assignments they submit for evaluation must be their own work and that cheating and plagiarism will not be condoned.

PLAGIARISM IS DEFINED BY OES AS

  • The use of ideas or thoughts of a person other than the writer, without proper acknowledgment;
  • The use of direct quotations or of material paraphrased and/or summarized by the writer;
  • The submission of an assignment that has been written in part or in whole by someone else as one’s own; and
  • The submission of material that has been obtained from a computerized source, with or without minor modifications, as one’s own.

CHEATING IS DEFINED BY OES AS

  • The buying and/or selling of assignments, or exam/test questions;
  • Submission of the same piece of work in more than one course without the permission of the teacher;
  • The preparation of an assignment by someone else other than the stated writer;
  • Allowing one’s assignment to be copied by someone else;
  • Providing another student your assignment;
  • The unauthorized giving or receiving of information or assistance during an examination or a test.

Academic dishonesty destroys the integrity of the program by diminishing the learning experience for the entire Ontario eSecondary community. Therefore, maintaining academic integrity is imperative. Whether intentional or through the ignorance of the policy, acts of academic dishonesty are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. These acts and the parties involved will receive a mark of zero for the assignment. In addition, all students involved will be subject to additional consequences which will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. These consequences will reflect a continuum of behavioral and academic responses and consequences, based on at least the following four factors:

  • The grade level of the student,
  • The maturity of the student,
  • The number and frequency of incidents, and
  • The individual circumstances of the student.

APPROPRIATE COMPUTER USE POLICY

Learning Management System (LMS) at the Ontario eSecondary is designed for educational purposes only. All use of any LMS tool within the course for any purpose other than the intended educational purpose is prohibited. The inappropriate uses include, but are not limited to criminal, obscene, commercial, or illegal purposes.

The administration has the right to review all student work in order to determine the appropriateness of computer use. If the LMS is deemed to be used inappropriately, the Administration will levy consequences which may include suspensions and/or removal from the program. In some cases, further action may be taken including contacting day schools, legal representation or the police.

Students need to be very vigilant in order to prevent them getting into a situation where they may be suspected of inappropriate use.

Therefore students are reminded to

  • Always protect their passwords and not share them with anyone
  • Always inform their teachers of suspicious messages or other incidents that they encounter
  • Always only access content that is intended for student use.

PRIVACY & CONTENT OWNERSHIP

SAFE SCHOOLS

Ontario eSecondary will attempt to provide and maintain a safe and supportive educational environment in which learning can occur. Protection of a person’s dignity and self-esteem is crucial and not negotiable.

All members of the Ontario eSecondary community, which includes students, staff and parents, will treat each other with respect in all interactions. Any actions determined to jeopardize the moral tone of the learning community including disrespectful, distasteful, abusive, harassing comments made to any of our community members will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly by the OES Principal. Consequences may include, counselling, parental involvement, suspension, expulsions and/ or the involvement of the authorities.

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