we strive to create an environment wherein all act honestly.
We believe it is the right, privilege, and responsibility
of each individual to contribute to and work in an environment
Even though the following document refers to academic policy,
honorable behavior covers the full range of activities within
the school environment. Infractions of a "non-academic
nature" will fall under the guidelines of the Student
Responsibilities and Rights handbook.
The honor code of Edison
High School addresses
cheating, plagiarizing, lying, and stealing.
Willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized,
unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage in school work
over other students.
Some examples are: deception; the use of talking,
signs, or gestures during a quiz; copying from another student
or allowing the copying of an individual assignment; passing
test or quiz information during a class period or from one
class period to members of another class period with the
same teacher; submission of pre-written writing assignment
at times when such assignments are supposed to be written
in class; illegally exceeding time limits on timed tests,
quizzes, or assignments; unauthorized use of study aids,
notes, books, data, or other information; computer fraud;
sabotaging the projects or experiments of other students;
or using features of electronic devices, such as cell phone
cameras or text messaging.
Presenting as one's own, the works or the
opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgement.
Borrowing of the sequence of ideas, the arrangement
of materials, or the pattern of thought of someone else
without proper acknowledgement.
Some examples are: having a parent or another
person write an essay or do a project which is then submitted
as one's own work; failing to use proper documentation and
Willful and knowledgeable telling of an untruth
or falsehood as well as any form of deceit, attempted deception,
or fraud in an oral or written statement.
Some examples are: lying or failing to give
complete information to a teacher; feigning illness to gain
extra preparation time for tests, quizzes, or assignments
Taking or appropriating without the right
or permission to do so and with the intent to keep or make
use of wrongfully, the school work or materials of another
student or the instructional materials of a teacher.
Some examples are: stealing copies of tests
or quizzes, illegitimately accessing the teacher's answer
key for tests or quizzes; stealing the teacher's edition
of the textbook; stealing another student's homework, notes,
1. Avoid situations which might contribute to cheating,
plagiarizing, lying, and stealing.
2. Avoid unauthorized assistance on all school work.
3. Document borrowed materials by citing sources.
4. Avoid plagiarizing by:
a. using quotation marks for statements taken
b. acknowledging information, ideas, or patterns
of thought borrowed from any source.
c. consulting faculty about any questionable situations.
*In addition, students are encouraged to speak to any student
they observe violating the Honor Code about the seriousness
of the infraction.
1. Have knowledge of the Edison High School Honor Code and
2. Provide a positive example for adhering to the Honor
3. Support faculty and administration in enforcing the Honor
1. Take immediate action when violations related to school
a. Counsel the student.
b. Record a zero for the assignment with no
opportunity for make-up work.
c. Report the violation to the student's counselor
and administrator on a discipline
referral form. Confer
with the assistant principal if possible.
d. Contact the student's parent. One suggested
method: The teacher might tell the student to notify his/her
parents and request that the parent call the teacher within
24 hours. If the teacher is not called, then the teacher
calls the parents. This procedure puts the responsibility
on the student to confront the parent; such confrontation
may serve as a deterrent to further violations.
2. Structure conditions during testing to alleviate the
possibility of cheating.
3. Specify the types of collaboration that are discouraged
and those that are encouraged.
4. Teach or review correct use of documentation when assigning
5. Review the Honor Code during the first week of the school
year. Teachers are encouraged to review periodically the
Honor Code as it relates to a specific discipline and required
to include Honor Code information in their syllabi.
6. Utilize turnitin.com as it applies to specific
assignments in their classes.
1. Maintain cumulative records of reported violations of
the Honor Code.
2. Facilitate Honor Code violation conferences when follow-up
counseling is deemed appropriate by the student, parent,
teacher, counselor, or administrator.
1. Assure that all faculty, students and parents have knowledge
of the Edison High School Honor Code.
2. Create a school-wide environment which encourages adherence
to the Honor Code.
3. Encourage teachers to enforce the Honor Code and to encourage
all staff to be consistent.
4. Maintain cumulative records of reported violations of
the Honor Code.
5. Facilitate Honor Code violation conferences among the
student/parent/teacher/counselor when follow-up action is
6. Enforce appropriate disciplinary actions in accordance
with the Student Responsibilities and Rights Handbook
reprinted with the permission of Langley High School.