Honor Code

The code, the pledge, consequences of violations

JMHS Honor Statement:

Learning is about the process, not necessarily the outcome. I made my best individual effort and I have not given nor received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment. All of the work presented is my own.

Unauthorized assistance on any and all school work includes cheating, plagiarizing, lying, and stealing.

Cheating encompasses, but is not limited to, willfully giving or receiving any unauthorized, unfair, or dishonest advantage in school work over other students. Some examples include:

  • Use of talking, signs, or gestures during an assessment.
  • Copying from another student or allowing the copying of an individual assignment.
  • Sharing assessment information in any form after completing said assessment.
  • Submission of a pre-written writing assignment at times when such assignments are supposed to be written in class.
  • Knowingly exceeding time limits on timed tests, quizzes, or assignments without teacher authorization.
  • Unauthorized use of study aids, notes, books, data, or other information.
  • Unauthorized use of electronic device(s) to gain advantage.
  • Working with another student on an assignment that was designated to be completed individually and/or dividing up and exchanging answers to parts of an assignment with another student.

Plagiarizing encompasses, but is not limited to, presenting as one's own the works or the opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgment, including borrowing the sequence of ideas, arrangement of materials, or pattern of thought of someone else without proper acknowledgment. Some examples include:

  • Copying and pasting from a source making only minor changes in words or sentence structure.
  • Having a parent or another person write an essay or do a project and submitting it as one's own work.
  • Failing to attempt to cite sources.
  • Resubmitting an assignment that was previously submitted in another class without teacher authorization.

Lying encompasses, but is not limited to, the 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 include:

  • Lying to a teacher.
  • Feigning illness to gain extra preparation time for tests, quizzes, or assignments due.
  • Forgery of a signature.
  • Sabotaging projects or experiments of other students.

Stealing encompasses, but is not limited to, taking or appropriating without the right or permission to do so, and with the intent to keep or make use of the school work or materials of another student or the instructional materials of a teacher. Some examples include:

  • Stealing copies of assignments.
  • Unauthorized access of a teacher's answer key for assignments.
  • Stealing another student's homework, notes, or handouts.
  • Taking pictures of a test or answer key.
  • Sharing pictures or details of an assignment on social media or through other means without teacher authorization.


Honor code infraction process:


  1. Teacher determines that a student may have violated the honor code policy.
  2. Teacher decides if the infraction constitutes an honor code warning or violation.
      1. Student was not aware he was doing wrong or the teacher decides that this first infraction, even if intentional, may serve as a warning:
      2. Examples of warnings include but are not limited to:
        1. Student did not know this is plagiarism
        2. Student did not know that the assignment should have been an individual effort.
        3. Student works with a partner and copies a portion of his work into a minor assignment.
      1. Student had intention or knew what he/she was doing and teacher determines the act to be an honor code violation, even though it is the student's first infraction. Any second, or greater, honor code offense is automatically a violation.
      2. Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
        1. Giving the prompt\essay question to a peer that is taking test later
        2. Putting formulas in a calculator
        3. Cheating on a test
  3. Consequences are given for a violation of the honor code policy.
  1. For an Honor code warning:
    1. The teacher will speak to the student and contact his parents.
    2. The student must complete a reflection sheet.
    3. The student must redo or complete a teacher directed alternative assignment with no penalty.
    4. The teacher completes an honor code warning referral with the administration.
      1. Honor code warnings will be stored in a database by the administration. The warning will stay in the database throughout a student's high school career.
      2. For all second and additional warnings submitted, an administrator will notify the teacher that a warning has been raised to violation status.
  2. If Honor code violation:
    1. An administrator is notified by referral or the administrator submits a referral.
    2. The administrator and teacher will meet to discuss the violation and then the administrator and student will meet to discuss the violation. If necessary, administrator determines if a first infraction is a violation or warning.
    3. A quorum of at least three administrators will meet to assign consequences to the student. The quorum of administrators will choose from a range of consequences.
      1. Minimum consequences for a violation will include:
        1. The administrator will meet with the student and contact his parents,
        2. The student must complete a reflection sheet.
        3. The violation will be entered in the honor code database and the student's discipline record in SIS.
        4. The student must complete an assigned number of community service hours.
        5. The student receives a 53% on the assignment with no opportunity for a retak
        6. The student may be required to complete an alternative assignment.
      2. Additional consequences for a violation could include:
        1. Completion of a specified number of hours of administrative detention.
        2. Participation in a restorative justice process.
      3. Maximum consequence for a violation may culminate in:
        1. Removal from honor societies and/or SGA. This includes the possibility of banning from future enrollment as well.
        2. Restrictions from participating in extracurricular activities.
        3. Completion of a specified number of hours of In-School Suspension.