West Potomac High School Honor Code

Honor Code Documents

Statement of Wolverine Pride

I am entrusted with the responsibility of upholding and contributing to an atmosphere of mutual respect, honesty, and fairness.  My personal honor is essential to preserve my good name and the integrity of the West Potomac Community.

Pledge

I will neither plagiarize nor give/receive unauthorized aid on any test, quiz, research paper, lab or any other student-generated work.

To maintain academic integrity at West Potomac High School, all students will avoid:

  • Cheating –  gaining or receiving of unauthorized information
  • Fraud – deceiving others for personal gain (including copying, forgery, dishonesty, and falsifying data)
  • Plagiarism – copying the language, structure, idea, and/or thought of another person and representing it as one's own original work; using information obtained from printed or electronic sources that is not appropriately cited

Proactive Measures

Student Responsibilities
To maintain and support the academic integrity of the school community by

  • completing all assigned work, activities, and tests according to the stated policies without engaging in cheating, fraud, or plagiarism.
  • understanding the school-wide Honor Code and individual teacher assignment guidelines.
  • clarifying with the instructor any ambiguities about violations of the Honor Code on an assignment.
  • protecting individual work from use by other students unless teacher permission is specifically given.
  • signing designated assignments with the statement, “I have neither given nor received help on this assignment,” thereby asserting the integrity of the work.  
  • checking all papers and assignments carefully for documentation and originality of thought 
  • ensuring cell phones will not be accessed during testing.

Teacher Responsibilities
To maintain and support the academic integrity of the school community by

  • clearly presenting the school-wide Honor Code and individual teacher guidelines, including specific guidelines for collaboration on assignments.
  • maintaining the integrity of the testing process through monitoring test taking, changing assignments from year to year, developing multiple versions of a test, as well as other methods.
  • utilizing a variety of resources to check for plagiarism and originality of thought
  •  reporting any violation of the Honor Code to the parent and administrator

Administrator Responsibilities
To maintain and support the academic integrity of the school community by

  • making the West Potomac High School Honor Code available to all students, teachers, and parents
  • administering Honor Code violation consequences according to the guidelines, including parent conferences
  • maintaining records of Honor Code violations

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities
To maintain and support the academic integrity of the school community by

  • becoming knowledgeable of the Honor Code expectations
  • attending conferences as requested
  • Talking with children about integrity, value, and implication

 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL CONSEQUENCES FOR HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS

Options for recommended actions for students found guilty of violating the WPHS Honor Code:

1st Offense:

  1. Student must resubmit the assignment or alternative assignment with any additions deemed necessary by the instructor. 
  2. The violation shall be reported and kept on file by the Honor Council in a secure location and destroyed upon the student’s graduation from West Potomac.
  3. Notification to School Counselors, Coaches, and Sponsors of any extracurricular activities.

 

2nd Offense:

 All of the above, in addition to:

  1. The student may be removed from any honor societies that he/she is a current member of and/or removed from class office.
  2. The student may be deemed ineligible to apply to any honor societies or run for any SGA/class office for 12 months after the offense.
  3. The violation shall be reported and kept on file by the student’s administrator and school counselor, to be placed in the discipline and academic record files.
  4. The Honor Council will assign monitored community service on campus and Saturday School Detention.

 

3rd Offense and All Subsequent Offenses:

            All of the above, in addition to:

  1.  The student shall be deemed ineligible to apply to any honor societies or run for any SGA/class office for the remainder of his/her high school career.
  2. Recommendation for suspension.