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Academic Integrity Matrix


An offense is defined as assignments turned in between grading turnaround periods. For example, if a student turns in plagiarized assignments on a Sunday and a Monday, but you don’t get to grading any of these until Tuesday, all of these assignments are a single offense. This document describes the action that will be taken once an offense is identified.


Plagiarism is when a student who represents work that has been copied from any published resource such as, but not limited to, Wikipedia, electronic texts, videos, or any source without the proper credit (any resource that is not a student’s own work).

Cheating is when A student who represents any other person’s work from any source including hard drives, software, or answer banks (such as, but not limited to, Yahoo! Answers, Craigslist, translator services, etc.) as their own. An example of cheating includes inappropriate email soliciting answers, documented inappropriate discussions, student-to-student cheating, and cheating in a lab classroom.

Student Academic Broker is a student who posts work to a secondary source, such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Yahoo! Answers, Google Docs, or shares virtual or hard copy file of any work whether or not compensation occurs.

Plagiarism resource (provide to students for “teachable moment”): How do I Cite Sources?

Instructor discretion and collaboration with partner school policy will be used in handling academic integrity issues.

ActionPlagiarism 1st OffensePlagiarism 2nd OffensePlagiarism 3rd OffensePlagiarism 4th OffenseCheating 1st OffenseCheating 2nd OffenseCheating 3rd OffenseStudent Academic Broker 1st Offense
Learning Intervention (instructor discretion for partial credit)XXXXXXXX
Parent/Mentor Contact by TeacherXXXXXXXX
Automatic ZeroXXXXXXXX
Chance to Redo Assignment (instructor discretion for partial credit)X˗˗˗X˗˗X
If no mentor contact or acknowledgement, involve/notify Instructional Managers˗˗˗X˗˗XX
Possible Proctored Exam (teacher discretion)XXX-XX˗˗
Mandated Proctored Exam ˗˗˗X˗˗X˗
Possible Involvement of Instructional Managers (if school mentor/administrator does not support instructor's claim)XXXXXXXX
Other Issues/Question: Contact Department Lead InstructorXXXXXXXX

General Academic Integrity Guidelines & Disclaimer

Each student shall be expected to:
(a) abide by national, State, and local laws, as well as the rules of the school;
(b) respect the person, property, and civil rights of others; and
(c) conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior, including acting courteously.

In order to be as consistent and specific as possible, Michigan Virtual has identified general conduct violations and disciplinary consequences for various misbehavior’s. It is important that you understand this list does not include every disciplinary problem that may arise, that there are times that extenuating circumstances must be considered, and school administrators reserve the right to identify additional behavior problems that result from student conduct. Certain situations may require moving beyond lesser penalties to more strict disciplinary actions, even for a first offense.

This list, however, does provide general guidelines and the understanding regarding academic integrity for all of our courses.

Disciplinary measures may be progressive in the sense that the penalties assigned for repeated offenses may become more severe with each subsequent offense of a repeated behavioral violation. However, there are circumstances, based upon the nature of the offense, which justify a more advanced or severe disciplinary action.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.