An honor code is a principle, a standard of behavior that every person should have for oneself. When we function in groups, such as a school community, a group standard must be established by placing not the acceptable, but the ideal in high regard. We, the Gray Stone Community, have established these standards and expect members of the community to uphold these ideals.

Academic Integrity

The principle of academic integrity is the cornerstone of a school community and at the heart of learning. In all our actions, we encourage students toward a life governed by values of academic honesty and respect for the work of others. Cheating, plagiarizing, or giving or receiving unacknowledged assistance in academic work and lying and stealing are unacceptable behavior in this community. As an affirmation of this principle, students are required to write out the following honor pledge on all tests and major papers, as well as other assignments as required by the instructor:

“On my honor, I have not sought, given, or received purposeful or inadvertent aid not permitted by the spirit of this assignment.”

Community members found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may result in dismissal from the school. Specific violations are described below.

Plagiarism

To plagiarize is to use the work, ideas, or words of someone else without giving that person credit. Plagiarism may involve using someone else’s wording without using quotation marks, a distinctive name, a phrase, a sentence, or an entire passage or essay. The issue of plagiarism applies to any type of work, including exams, papers, or other writing, computer programs, art, photography, or video. Examples of plagiarism include copying and pasting information from a webpage into a paper or PowerPoint presentation without proper citation, using images from electronic or print sources without proper citation, and the unauthorized use of translation services or devices.

Inappropriate Collaboration

Close collaboration on academic work requires acknowledgment. Inappropriate collaboration involves working with someone else in developing, organizing, or revising a project (such as a paper, an oral presentation, a research project, or a take-home examination) without acknowledging that person’s help. Specific policies regarding collaborative work, peer review, use of tutors, and editing may vary by instructor.

Dishonesty in Examinations (In-Class or Take-Home)

An examination is to be solely a student’s own work, unless otherwise directed by the instructor. No communication is allowed between or among students, nor are students allowed to consult books, papers, study aids or notes, without explicit permission. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another’s paper, giving unauthorized assistance, obtaining unauthorized advance knowledge of questions to an examination, or use of mechanical or marking devices or procedures for the purpose of achieving false scores on machine-graded examinations.  Specific policies regarding examinations may vary by instructor.

Dishonesty in Papers

Students are prohibited from submitting any material prepared by or purchased from another person or company. All papers and materials submitted for a course must be the student’s original work, unless the sources are otherwise cited.

Work Done for One Course and Submitted to Another

Students may not present the same work in more than one course. Under exceptional circumstances, instructors may permit a significant piece of research to satisfy requirements in two classes. However, both instructors must agree in advance to this arrangement. Students are reminded that when incorporating their own past research into current projects, they need to reference such previous work.

Interference with Other Students' Work

Students may not intentionally interfere with the work of others, such as by sabotaging laboratory experiments or research, giving misleading information, or disrupting class work.

Purposeful Absence to Avoid Academic Deadlines

Students may not purposefully be absent on the day an assignment is due.

Misrepresentation Through Forgery

Students may not sign another’s name as a representative of the other person.

** It is the responsibility of the student to clarify with the instructor any ambiguities about violations of the Honor Code on an assignment.

Expectations

Students are expected to …

support and maintain the academic integrity of the school community by completing all assigned work, activities, and tests according to the stated policies without engaging in any activity that would violate the spirit of the assignment.

Instructors are expected to …

clearly present how the Academic Integrity Policy affects each assignment, maintain the integrity of the assessment process, and highlight issues of academic integrity through ongoing classroom discussions.

Parents are expected to …

support the academic integrity of the school community, advise the student of potential violations of the policy, and support the imposition of penalties if the Academic Integrity Policy is violated.

Consequences

“Nothing is as sad as a man who once had honor and principle and has given them up in order to fulfill his ambitions.”
-  James Moore

Students found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy will face the following possible sanctions at the discretion of the instructor:

  • Reworking and resubmission of the work in question for a reduced grade
  • An alternate assessment
  • A zero on the work in question

All incidents of violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will be reported to the Associate Director. Parents will be notified via letter regarding the infraction and the consequences within three business days of notification to school administration. Repeat offenders should expect a disciplinary sanction in addition to the academic sanction which may include recommendation of dismissal from the school to the Board of Directors.

 “Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; once we have left it, we can never return.” - Nicolas Boileau