• Potomac Falls High School Honor Code

    I. Preamble

    a. As members of the Potomac Falls High School community, we are responsible for upholding and contributing to an atmosphere of respect, truthfulness, and fairness. We are dedicated to a community founded on these principles. The Honor Code serves as a commitment to intellectual honesty.

    II. Definition of Terms

    a. Cheating

    i. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized giving or receiving of any work other than his/her own. Such acts include: copying from other student(s) or allowing someone to copy from you, talking during a test or quiz, passing test or quiz information along to other students (both during the assessment or outside of class in order to give an unfair advantage to another student), looking on another student’s assessment during a test or quiz, utilizing unauthorized study aids/notes/books/phones/data, etc. during a test or quiz or during the production of an assignment.

    b. Plagiarism

    i. Plagiarism involves students taking words, sentence structure, and the ideas/thoughts of another person and claiming that work as their own. Examples include, but are not limited to: having another individual (parent, student, coworker, etc.) complete any portion of an assignment for you (this includes purchasing materials/essays/assignments online); having others complete a project and putting your name on the finalized work without any contribution; claiming the intellectual property of others as your own, including, but not limited to, artwork and texts of others; failure to include a works cited or bibliography with an assignment. “Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas without giving proper credit, or any credit at all, to the writer of the original.” (A Guide to MLA Documentation,1999.)

    c. Falsification/lying

    i. Dishonesty in not permitted, under any exception. This includes any statement, written or spoken, that is untrue or fraudulent in regards to the academic product the student has put forth. This would include, but again is not limited to: forging signatures for official documents or applications (this includes, but is not limited to, dismissal and hallway passes), altering official student records, obtaining and altering a test or assignment that belongs to a teacher, fabricating information given to a teacher or administrator, and withholding pertinent information from a teacher or administrator in regards to a potential Honor Code offense.

    d. Stealing/theft

    i. Any disrespect of another student or teacher’s personal property is not tolerated at Potomac Falls High School. Under common law, stealing is defined as the intentional taking of someone else’s property without their permission. Stealing thus includes the academic material and products of others, including students. A student may not take another student’s work without their consent and submit the work as their own. Even with consent, this act would likely constitute plagiarism (see “Plagiarism”).

    ii. Stealing/theft also includes the physical destruction or unauthorized taking of any school property or personal property on campus. Failure to comply with this provision results in the following action:

    1. Administration is notified of the offense and appropriate disciplinary action is taken.

    2. Additional authorities, such as the School Resource Officer and/or local police, may be notified; depending on the damage or severity of the action, criminal charges may be pressed against the responsible parties.

    e. Unauthorized

    i. Any resource, item, individual, material, that is not approved by a teacher is considered “unauthorized” material. This includes, but is not limited to: study guides, online websites, past tests/quizzes, books, phones, wireless technology, written materials, assistance from another individual.

    III. Honor Code

    a. On my Honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test, quiz, assignment, lab, or any other student-generated work.

    IV. Responsibilities

    a. Teacher Responsibilities

    i. To maintain and support the integrity of the Potomac Falls community and our Honor Code, teachers will:

    1. Introduce the Honor Code to students every semester to ensure full understanding from their students;

    2. Clearly instruct students on what they consider to be authorized and unauthorized materials;

    3. Publish this list of authorized and unauthorized materials on the class syllabus, website, or somewhere visible in their classroom;

    4. Specify classroom expectations and rules;

    5. Explain to students when, if ever, group work is acceptable and what that work should embody;

    6. Uphold the tenets and principles of our Honor Code;

    7. Report any infractions immediately (see “Procedures”);

    8. Consult and refer to a student’s individualized needs. This includes, but is not limited it to, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, interventions, ELL interventions and when sending assessments to the Retake Room;

    9. Use a cover sheet on any in-class assessment where students are required to do their own work. Cover sheets are also to be used in the Retake Rooms. NHS has provided each classroom with 32 laminated purple cover sheets;

    10. Actively monitor students during in-class assessments. Refrain from checking email, reading, grading, planning, leaving a student unattended during an assessment, etc.

    b. Student Responsibilities

    i. To maintain and support the integrity of the Potomac Falls community and our students, students will:

    1. Complete all work, activities, and assessments in accordance the PFHS Honor Code;

    2. Fully understand this Honor Code and the requirements/guidelines placed forth by individual teachers;

    3. Request clarification if assignments or assessments are not clear to prevent a possible Honor Code violation;

    4. Sign all specified assignments with the statement, “I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test, quiz, assignment, lab, or any other student-generated work;”

    5. Students will not share their work with others, unless instructed by the teacher to do so;

    6. Be diligent to ensure their written work is not plagiarized from any source.

    c. Administrator Responsibilities

    i. To maintain and support the integrity of the Potomac Falls High School community our administrators will:

    1. Distribute and publish this Honor Code so it is available to all members of our community, students, teachers, and parents alike;

    2. Administer any violations in accordance with our Procedures (see “Procedures”);

    3. Standardize Maintain records of Honor Code infractions;

    4. Notify teachers or other administrators with a legitimate educational interest (i.e. Honor Society sponsors).

    d. Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

    i. To maintain and support the integrity of the Potomac Falls community our parents/guardians will:

    1. Become familiar with the Potomac Falls High School Honor Code and academic expectations;

    2. Not aid or abet any cheating, plagiarism, falsification, or stealing from their children.

    V. Procedures

    a. First Offense

    i. The teacher will conference with student and/or parent to discuss the circumstances of the potential honor code violation. If the evidence suggests a violation, the teacher reports the case to the student’s administrator.

    ii. The student will initially receive a “0” (zero) on the assignment, but may have an opportunity to complete an assignment for credit. The amount of credit will be determined by the teacher.

    iii. May receive additional consequences as deemed appropriate by an administrator.

    iv. The administrator overseeing the offense will notify:

    1. Honor Societies; in accordance with the honor societies’ by-laws and national charters, a student may be removed from membership.

    2. Student government; in accordance with the student government by-laws and national charters, a student may be removed from membership.

    b. Second Offense

    i. The teacher will conference with student and/or parent to discuss the circumstances of the potential honor code violation. If the evidence suggests a violation, the teacher reports the case to the student’s administrator.

    ii. The student will receive a “0” (zero) on the assignment.

    iii. There may be an opportunity for the student to complete the assignment for credit. The amount of credit will be determined by the teacher.

    iv. May receive additional consequences as deemed appropriate by an administrator.

    v. The administrator overseeing the offense will notify:

    1. Honor Societies; in accordance with the honor societies’ by-laws and national charters, a student may be removed from membership.

    2. Student government; in accordance with the student government by-laws and national charters, a student may be removed from membership.

    vi. The administrator may notify additional stakeholders with a legitimate educational interest: case managers, additional club sponsors, teachers, etc.

    vii. Student is ineligible to apply for any honor societies or run for any student offices for one academic year.

    c. Subsequent Offenses

    i. The teacher will conference with student and/or parent to discuss the circumstances of the potential honor code violation. If the evidence suggests a violation, the teacher reports the case to the student’s administrator.

    ii. The student will receive a “0” (zero) on the assignment.

    iii. There may be an opportunity for the student to complete the assignment for credit. The amount of credit will be determined by the teacher.

    iv. May receive additional consequences as deemed appropriate by an administrator.

    v. The administrator overseeing the offense will notify:

    1. Honor Societies; in accordance with the honor societies’ by-laws and national charters, a student may be removed from membership.

    2. Student government; in accordance with the student government by-laws and national charters, a student may be removed from membership.

    vi. The administrator may notify additional school staff with a legitimate educational interest: case managers, additional club sponsors, teachers, etc.

    vii. Student is ineligible to apply for any honor societies or run for any student offices for one academic year.

     

    The Potomac Falls High School Honor Code was created and adopted by an interdepartmental committee at Potomac Falls High School during the 2015-2016 school year. Many of the provisions and policies aforementioned were adopted with support from sources including various high schools in the northern Virginia area.

     

Last Modified on September 17, 2016