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CTY provides a unique opportunity for intellectually curious people from diverse backgrounds to come together in pursuit of academic challenge and growth, within a supportive environment built on respect, responsibility, and trust.
CTY expects the highest standards of behavior both in deportment and in dedication to academic pursuits. For purposes of this CTY Student Code of Conduct, a “student” is defined as any individual registered in one or more activities, programs, or courses offered by CTY. Students are expected to:
All members of the CTY community are expected to report suspected violations of the CTY Student Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity Policy, or Netiquette Rules to their instructor or the appropriate CTY staff member. CTY prohibits any retaliatory action for the good faith reporting of alleged misconduct under this Code, assisting another in making such a report, or participating in an investigation or resolution of such matters.
CTY may amend this Code from time to time. Nothing in this Code shall affect the inherent authority of CTY to take such actions as it deems appropriate to further the educational mission of CTY or to protect the safety and security of the CTY community.
Netiquette refers to rules for respectful online behavior and communication. Below, find CTY’s Netiquette guidelines and expectations. Students are expected to report violations of Netiquette rules to their instructor or the appropriate CTY staff member.
We cannot accommodate students who are unwilling or unable to meet stated expectations in CTY’s Code of Student Conduct, Academic Integrity Policy, and Netiquette Rules. A non-exhaustive list of possible reasons for dismissal is provided below.
Students may be dismissed from a CTY program for any of the following reasons:
Students may be dismissed from an in-person CTY program for any of these additional reasons:
No tuition refunds will be made to students dismissed from the program. If a student damages property, the cost of repair or replacement will be added to the student’s account balance.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (“CTY”) is committed to academic excellence and integrity and responsible academic conduct. All students must adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity in all programs and services associated with CTY. These include standards of behavior in students’ academic work as well as their interactions with all CTY staff and other students.
Academic Honesty occurs when a student shares their original work, appropriately acknowledges using the ideas and/or work of others, and does not engage in any behavior that results in an unfair advantage or disadvantage for one’s self or any member of the CTY academic community.
Academic Dishonesty occurs when a student represents the work or ideas of another as their own, intentionally or unintentionally uses any unauthorized materials or devices to complete any academic exercise, or engages in any behavior that results in an unfair advantage or disadvantage for one’s self or any member of the CTY academic community.
The following acts of Academic Dishonesty are violations of the CTY Academic Integrity Policy (“Policy”). These include acts that may still be in progress at the time of discovery or brought to our attention after the completion of a course or activity. Any violation of the Policy may have consequences for grades, course completion status, or an evaluation that a student is receiving or has received, and can affect a student’s future selection for, or participation in, CTY programs.
Cheating occurs when a student uses books, notes, or other aids not permitted by the instructor, or copies work from another student. Examples include, but are not limited to, failing to follow rules for online or in-person assignments and assessments (e.g., time-limits, closed-book, calculator, phone, or other mobile device use, etc.) or asking another student to provide answers on a non-collaborative assignment or assessment.
Plagiarism occurs when a student intentionally presents another’s work as their own or takes credit for someone else’s ideas. This includes using another’s words, phrases, code, theories, or ideas verbatim, as well as paraphrasing them, without acknowledging the source.
Fabrication occurs when a student misrepresents or makes up data, quotations, sources, or other information.
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty occurs when one student helps, asks, persuades, or pressures another student to cheat, plagiarize, fabricate, or engage in any form of academic dishonesty.
An incident of Academic Dishonesty may be reported by CTY students or staff. Students are expected to report incidents of academic dishonesty to their instructor or the appropriate CTY staff member. Allegations of Academic Dishonesty are referred by staff to their direct supervisor.
For in-person and virtual programs, within a reasonable time frame of receiving a report of Academic Dishonesty, the direct supervisor investigates the reported incident and gathers additional information.
This initial assessment consists of gathering specific details from the CTY staff member who has raised the allegation and, if needed, discussing the circumstances and any evidence with the student and the student’s parent/guardian. The direct supervisor reports their findings to the program manager. The program manager makes an initial assessment that will be reviewed by the Academic Integrity Committee (“AIC”).
The AIC will consist of an ad hoc committee of three people appointed to adjudicate each case of Academic Dishonesty as it requires review—one academic representative from CTY virtual programs (Senior Program Officer for Teaching and Learning in Online Programs), one academic representative from CTY in-person programs (Assistant Director for Curriculum in Summer Programs), and one representative from the Strategic Leadership Group. The AIC considers the incident using the following procedure:
There are two possible outcomes of the AIC’s review:
Consequences for violations of the CTY Academic Integrity Policy and the application of the consequences or sanctions depend upon the severity of the violation and the characteristics of the course, program, or service in which the student is or was participating. The following consequences may be imposed with no refund of tuition or academic course fees:
Families may appeal the decision of the AIC by submitting a written appeal to the Office of the Executive Director within 48 hours of the notification date for in person programs and within 7 days of the notification date for virtual programs. After reviewing the AIC’s complete documentation of the evidence and review process, along with all communications provided to the student and family, the Executive Director will make the following determinations:
The Executive Director then renders a final decision, which is provided in a letter to the family. No further appeals are permitted.