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Plagiarism Policy

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of claiming the ideas, writings, images and other multimedia of others as one’s own without crediting those sources. Plagiarism is academically dishonest and carries severe consequences, up to and including removal from the course for those who engage in this unethical behavior. Uploading to or obtaining assignments from work-sharing websites is considered plagiarism.  Michigan Virtual has a zero-tolerance policy toward plagiarism and any assignment, quiz or test that shows evidence of this will be awarded a zero. Additionally, a call to your mentor will be made and your school’s plagiarism policy will be enforced on the first offense. Please contact the Customer Care Center to report plagiarism.

Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Using ideas from another source without citing (giving credit to) that source.
  • Using direct wording of even short phrases (e.g., 5 or more words in a row) from another source (even a cited source) without quotation marks.
  • Slightly re-wording phrases from another source and passing the phrases as your own.
  • Passing off another student’s work as your own, even if this work was given to you or posted on a work-sharing website.
  • Using images from another source without citing (giving credit to) that source.
  • Using computer code from another source without citing (giving credit to) that source.
  • Collaboration without differentiation to show which contribution is unique to each student in a group.  Note: Group collaboration should not result in a common submission for all participants. Not all assignments permit group work; defer to your instructor if you have questions.

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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.