AI and Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity: Authenticity in Writing

We value exactly where each student is at–no matter if they are polished or stumbling with their words. In this age of “bots that will do your work for you and make you sound like a college professor,” we strive to develop students who can communicate their own thoughts, knowledge, and reflections while developing their own writer’s voice, not entrusting a digital guide to do this work for them. 

In order to encourage authenticity – and discourage reliance on AI generated information – our online class instructors may implement the following:

1. Handwritten notes or assignments

2. Use of oral questions to determine knowledge of material

3. Checking writing with AI detection software

4. Asking that certain work be done during class time

5. Crafting assignments creatively to encourage students’ authentic thinking

It’s not unusual for a student to try a tool once.  Our goal then is not to shame students if AI or plagiarism is found, but rather to use the opportunity to educate students about the limits of new writing tools in an educational setting; we are all learning together as these new tools manifest themselves in our daily lives.  Partnership between students, parents, and instructors makes all the difference in allowing students to have authentic experiences with writing.

The following are our expectations for students, parents, and instructors:

Students will:
  1. With each assignment, write honestly and in their own words about what they know without plagiarizing or copying anyone else’s writing.  The following are violations of our authentic writing policy:
  • Copying someone else’s writing verbatim, or nearly verbatim
  • Copying and pasting content from the internet
  • Using “AI” (artificial intelligence generator)
Instructors will:
  1. Look over assignments in the context of each student’s ability.  If an assignment is outside of the norm of what we usually see and expect for the student, leading to a strong indication of plagiarism or AI:
    1. At the instructor’s discretion, they may first reach out to the student to discuss; if still unresolved –
    2. The parent will be contacted.
  2. Communicate their plagiarism policies to parents.
Parents will:
  1. Respond and give input to instructors when contacted to confirm if a writing sample is their student’s work.  We know parents know their student’s writing level well.  We want to get it right!  Your help in determining this will give us that “human element” which will guide us in reviewing work.
  2. Respond to an instructor’s email if there are suspicions about plagiarism or AI found in student work.  
  3. Respond to the instructor and address any issues with their student. A student’s work will cease to be reviewed until a parent responds to the instructor and the issue is addressed.
Carrier Shell Class Director will:
  1. Be available to discuss particular situations with the student, parent, and the instructor if they are not resolved after an initial email.
  2. Report the unaddressed plagiarism/AI issue to the California charter school — if the organization has required us to inform them about discipline-related issues involving their student(s).