Honor Code of Academic Integrity

In compliance with Chesapeake Public Schools Board policy, our students are expected to do their own work within the guidelines established by the school and our teachers.  Hickory High School promotes academic integrity by encouraging everyone in its school community to demonstrate high standards of personal honesty in academic work. Violations of the honor code disrupt the community of trust necessary to support high standards of academic achievement. Therefore, honor code offenses will result in serious and progressive consequences.  Please note that the honor code is in effect for all classwork, homework, quizzes, projects, and assessments, regardless of point value.

Students will indicate their adherence to the honor code by writing “On My Honor” on the assignment. “On My Honor” is an abbreviated version of the Hickory High School Honor Code Pledge: “On my honor, I pledge that I have not given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment and all work is my own.”

Examples of honor code offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Working together on a class or take-home assignment without authorization by the teacher
  • Looking at someone else’s quiz, test, examination, or allowing another student to look at one’s paper with their knowledge
  • Accessing or using unauthorized textbooks, websites, applications (such as desmos or Google Translate), class notes, prepared notes, or having or using notes, formulas, definitions, or other course material in a programmable calculator, cellphone, or other electronic device without teacher approval
  • Having browser tab(s) open other than the tab in which an assignment or assessment is being completed without the permission of the teacher
  • Using a communication device such as a cell phone or tablet to send, receive, or share unauthorized information about an assignment
  • Looking at someone else’s quiz, test, examination, or paper without their knowledge
  • Giving or receiving written or oral answers during a test or a quiz
  • Relaying information or accepting information concerning test items and/or format, such as securing a copy of a test or test questions prior to taking it or sharing test questions with other students, verbally, electronically, or in written form.
  • Altering a submitted assignment without instructor approval
  • Copying someone else’s work by manual or electronic means without citing the source; this includes both other students’ work and also copying/pasting or manually typing from websites or books without citing the source
  • Not properly citing sources of quoted or paraphrased information
  • Turning in, for credit, any assignment that is not based on the student’s own research, including papers from a commercial term paper company and papers written by anyone other than the student or making up and falsifying data
  • Submitting the same or portions of the same academic materials for credit in more than one class without the consent of both teachers
  • Lying – stating an oral or written untruth with the intent to deceive
  • Forging or using a forged signature – signing a name that is not one’s own
  • Planning or participating in any cheating scheme

Consequences for Honor Code Violations

First Offense:

  • Zero on assignment

  • Consequences with school-sponsored activities and sports as per that activity’s guidelines (e.g., removal from NHS).

Second Offense:

  • Zero on assignment

  • Consequences with school-sponsored activities and sports as per that activity’s guidelines (e.g., removal from NHS).

  • Notation of an incident of cheating in the student’s discipline record (reportable to colleges and Hickory High School Scholarship Committee).

Third and Subsequent Offenses:

  • Zero on assignment

  • Consequences with school-sponsored activities and sports as per that activity’s guidelines (e.g., removal from NHS).

  • Notation of an incident of cheating in the student’s discipline record (reportable to colleges and Hickory High School Scholarship Committee).

  • ISS and/or OSS

 

Process for suspected Honor Code violations:

 

Appeals

Decisions of the Faculty Honor Council can be appealed.  The first level of appeal, if one is desired, is to the Assistant Principal for Instruction. Students/parents wishing to appeal should do so in writing via email to the API.  The second level of appeal, if one is desired, is to the principal. Students/parents wishing to appeal should do so in writing via email to the principal.

Revised 9/2/2022