Honor System

The Honor System has been in existence at Holy Cross since August 2008 and was established to meet the desire of stakeholders (students, faculty, administration and parents) to foster a learning environment where academic integrity is core value embraced by the school community. After much discussion and research a code, pledge and process were developed and implemented and have become an important part of our school community. Acts of lyingcheating, and plagiarism will not be tolerated within the Holy Cross community.

The guardians of the Honor System are the members of the Honor Board, comprised of students and one faculty member, each elected by their peers. The Board hears cases of lying, cheating and plagiarism and recommends an educationally sound consequence appropriate to the violation to the administration. Moreover, they participate in activities throughout the school year to inspire the development of good ethical behavior amongst all in the community. These events include a yearly induction ceremony, school-wide honor pledge recital and signing, orientation presentations to 9th grade students, and meetings with teachers to discuss best practices for preventing acts of academic dishonesty and helping inspire students to develop ethical behavior inside and outside of school. Please see pages 27-28 in the Student Handbook for more information.

Honor Code Statement

The Academy of the Holy Cross is a Catholic institution that values mutual trust and respect for all. Academic honesty, integrity, and responsibility are the core values that all community members are expected to uphold in every aspect of their lives. The Academy’s Honor System promotes a culture of respect and helps students learn to accept responsibility for their actions.

Honor Code Pledge

At the beginning of each academic year, every student will be required to recite and sign a pledge stating that she is aware of and willing to adhere to the provisions of the code. The pledge reads, “I pledge on my honor to uphold my community’s core values of academic honesty, integrity, and responsibility.”

In addition, students also write out and sign "I have neither given nor received and help on this assignment" on graded assignments they turn in to their teacher.



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