It is very important that your work is your own. This includes the piece of music that you use. Creating a piece of music from loops is not your own piece of music it is an arrangement of other peoples work. You cannot take credit for it.. You did not write it, play it or record it. Any samples must be acknowledged.
If you do use someone else's work, you will marked as a zero and fail to get your certificate.
Below is the school's policy on academic honesty.
ISS Students are expected to be principled, therefore, know inherently that
they must live up to the spirit of our ISS Academic Honesty Code.
Honor and integrity are qualities that all students should value and model
as fundamental tenets of a healthy learning community. Accordingly, our
students are expected to demonstrate personal respect for the Academic
Honesty Code and to help all members of the ISS community uphold its
All students will submit work that is their own. Students may receive
assistance on homework or in class assignments as per teacher-specified
guidelines (see below for the distinction between collusion and
collaboration). Recognizing the cultural differences with our community,
the ISS curriculum strives to educate students on the values of the
Academic Honesty Code, and teach them how to abide by it.
In teaching students about academic honesty we are preparing them for
the demands of the IB programmes (MYP and DP), as well as university and
The IB states explicitly:
“Schools are reminded that all work submitted to the IB for moderation or
assessment must be authenticated by a teacher, and must not include any
instances of suspected or confirmed malpractice. Issues of authenticity, if
identified before the submission of work for assessment or moderation,
must be resolved within the school without exception.”
There are occasions when collaboration between candidates is permitted
or even actively encouraged. Nevertheless, the final work must be
produced independently, despite the fact that it may be based on similar
data. This means that the abstract, introduction, content and conclusion or
summary of a piece of work must be written in each candidate's own words
and cannot therefore be the same as another candidate's. If, for example,
two or more candidates have exactly the same introduction to an
assignment, the [IB] will construe this as collusion, and not collaboration. It
is essential that both teachers and candidates are aware of the distinction
between collaboration and collusion.
The following shall be considered violations of the Academic Honesty Code
and will result in disciplinary action:
• Plagiarizing (copying) work from others on any type of assignment
• Presenting source material without giving the reference
• Copying during a test, quiz or exam or using any unauthorized
reference or receiving unauthorized assistance
• Giving/receiving information during a test / examination
ISS Students strive to be Balanced Caring Communicators Inquirers
Knowledgeable Open-Minded Principled Reflective Risk-Takers Thinkers
• Obtaining/distributing test information illicitly or otherwise trying to
gain an unfair advantage in examinations or course work
Students who are giving/aiding/receiving or assisting in violations of
academic honesty will be considered to have violated the policy.
Consequences will follow prevailing school policy. As a guideline:
ISS uses the Internet based services of www.turnitin.com as a plagiarism
prevention and detection tool. Please refer directly to the website for more
information on this service. Students are required to submit soft copies of
their work (homework, major assignments, Extended Essays etc). Teachers
will use an electronic copy with Turnitin. They will also look at the draft
work/homework, and compare it with class work to check for consistency
in writing style, i.e, ‘is this the student’s usual voice?’
It is the student’s responsibility to keep draft work, copies of sources, and a
reference list (bibliography) to demonstrate that his/her work is authentic.