Serving the Virtual Needs of the Aiken County Student
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedural Requirements
ACVA Academic Integrity Commitment
The vision of Aiken County Schools is to be a premier, world-class school system in which every student acquires an excellent education. Our schools will be welcoming centers organized around high-quality teaching and learning. To honor this vision and our commitment to excellence in education, Aiken County Virtual Academy provides an online collaborative learning environment that promotes academic integrity. ACVA strives to maintain academic integrity in the online environment by ensuring all courses regularly include discussion-based assessments designed to verify the validity and authenticity of student work as well as require mid-session and final exams to be given in a secure and proctored setting. Our belief is that by fostering honesty and responsibility, we are empowering students to be good citizens and custodians of learning. The ACVA expectations below reflect this commitment.
Academic Integrity Policy
Prior to enrollment in any course offered through ACVA, students and parents/guardians are required to sign a Commitment Form indicating their understanding of academic integrity and the consequences of dishonesty.
Students are expected to uphold the qualities of academic integrity by NOT engaging in any of the following unacceptable behaviors: cheating, fraud, or plagiarism. Below, you will find a list, although not all inclusive, of acts of cheating, fraud, or plagiarism.
Students should NOT…
- copy or use someone else’s work (to include images, words, and ideas) and pass it off as their own
- use unauthorized study aids (cheat sheets, references, calculators, notes, other people, Internet, etc…)
- falsify information, including research or data
- commit forgery
- copy or apply patterns of language, structure, or ideas of another without internal and external citation or receipt of permission as appropriate
Complete their own original work using resources and references only as allowed and citing appropriately.
Course Completion and Progress Monitoring Procedures
All course work must be completed by the assigned course completion deadline unless an extension is recommended by the principal and approved by ACVA.
Students must be progressing successfully according to the online pacing guide before they are recommended for additional courses.
Some courses are self-paced; however, students must complete all courses before ACVA’s stated deadline each year in order to graduate in June and/or grade promotion.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact the online instructor for assistance if needed.
Student/guardians are responsible for online access from home if this is required to successfully complete the course.
NOTE: Prior to enrollment in any online course, students and parents/guardians must meet with their guidance counselor.
Online Options and Selection Procedures
Enrollment in online courses should be considered in the following priority order:
- Traditional classroom with teacher
- South Carolina Virtual School Program OR Aiken County Virtual Academy (i.e. complete course with an online teacher certified in the subject area of the course based on course lists provided by ACVA)
Counselors should utilize the course offering lists issued by ACVA for determining appropriate online program enrollment. Any deviations must be approved by ACVA personnel. Please visit the Aiken County Virtual Academy website for a list of available online courses and services or contact Aiken County Schools.
The school counselor will identify the course(s) for which a student may receive credit based on an analysis of the student’s high school transcript.
Students are strongly recommended to take one virtual course initially. Upon successful completion of the initial virtual course, students are eligible to be enrolled in additional virtual courses per session.
Student athletes may recover only two units per year to be eligible to play high school sports.
Student athletes must recover according to the timeline set by the high school league. Principals and Athletic Directors are advised to communicate with the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) on matters pertaining to student athletic eligibility and credit recovery.
Students, parents/guardians, school administration, coaches, athletic director, and counselors are advised to consult NCAA guidelines and course approvals concerning eligibility.
Unless specified otherwise, online courses made available through ACVA are provided at no cost to students. Summer school courses will require a fee to be determined by the local high school.
Students should spend the first fourteen days making sure that they are comfortable with the technology of online learning and that they are capable of successfully mastering the content. Please note that when taking an online class, students are responsible for maintaining consistent and reliable computer access. Our courses are accessible from any computer with high-speed internet access, and computer/internet problems will not be accepted as reasons for delays in meeting deadlines. Only through continuous communication and consistent work can students be successful in an online course. Within each course, the instructor outlines the weekly minimum work requirements in the Pacing Guide. It is essential that the students maintain regular contact with their instructor(s) and submit assignments on time. If circumstances arise that prevent students from maintaining the appropriate pace in their course(s), it is critical that they communicate with the instructor.