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.

Honor code infraction process:

  1. Teacher reports that a student may have violated the honor code.
  2. Assistant Principal investigates if the infraction constitutes an honor code warning or violation.
  3. Consequences are assigned based on whether the infraction is a warning or a violation.


  • Definition: Student was not aware he was doing wrong or the teacher decides that this first infraction, even if intentional, may serve as a warning
  • Examples of warnings include but are not limited to:

    • Student did not know this is plagiarism
    • Student did not know that the assignment should have been an individual effort.
    • Student works with a partner and copies a portion of his work into a minor assignment.
  • Consequences:
    • The teacher will speak to the student and contact his parents.
    • The student must complete a reflection sheet.
    • The student must redo or complete a teacher directed alternative assignment with no penalty.

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 but is not entered into SIS. For all second and additional warnings submitted, an administrator will notify the teacher that a warning has been raised to violation status.


  • Definition: 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.
  • Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:

    • Giving the prompt\essay question to a peer that is taking test later
    • Putting formulas in a calculator
    • Cheating on a test
  • Consequences
    • The administrator will meet with the student and teacher individually to discuss the violation.  
    • Once a violation is confirmed, 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.

Minimum consequences for a violation will include:

  • The student will receive an F on the assignment with no opportunity for a retake.
  • The violation will be entered in the honor code database and the student's discipline record in SIS.
  • The student must complete a reflection sheet.
  • The administrator will meet with the student and contact their parents.

Additional consequences for a violation could include:

  • Completion of a specified number of hours of administrative detention.
  • Participation in a restorative justice process.
  • The student may be required to complete an alternative assignment.
  • The student may complete an assigned number of community service hours.

Maximum consequence for a violation may culminate in:

  • Removal from honor societies and/or SGA. This includes the possibility of banning from future enrollment as well.
  • Restrictions from participating in extracurricular activities.
  • Completion of a specified number of days of In-School Suspension.