HS Honor Code
I. Purpose and Principles
The purpose of the Honor Code at Cairo American College is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and assess in academically honest surroundings.
The CAC Honor Code rests upon the following principles:
- CAC students, faculty, and administrators possess personal integrity as demonstrated by the five bedrock values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.
- CAC students believe it is dishonorable to receive credit for work that is not the result of their own efforts.
- CAC students, faculty, and administrators are jointly responsible for precautions against violations of its policies.
- Students, faculty, parents and administrators are responsible for seeing that the code is followed. By collaboratively encouraging an atmosphere of honesty and hard work, students, faculty, and administration serve the student body of CAC by making it a better place to learn.
II. Student Responsibilities
- Each student shall be responsible for abiding by the Academic Honor Code at all times. At the conclusion of each major examination or submission of a major assignment, each student shall sign a pledge that he or she has neither given nor received aid from any unauthorized source during the examination or in preparing the assignment.
- A student or any other member of the learning community (including the violator) who has knowledge of an honor code violation is expected to report the violation to the teacher involved.Confidentiality will be maintained.
- The student will be informed when a teacher believes she/he has violated the Academic Honor Code. The teacher will discuss the matter with the student. The student and teacher may resolve the problem in a manner acceptable to both. The agreement involving an academic penalty shall be put in writing, signed by both parties concerned, and reported to the Head of Department and administration. The student shall not be further penalized based on this report alone.If the Honor Council believes that there are inconsistencies in the implementation of the consequences, the Council will inform the administration.
- If a satisfactory resolution is not reached between the student and teacher, the student and/or teacher shall refer the matter to the Honor Council.
- Each student is responsible for informing his parents of an alleged or actual infraction of the Honor Code within 48 hours.
III. Faculty Responsibilities
- Teachers will require students to sign a pledge at the conclusion of each major assessment stating that they have neither given nor received aid from any unauthorized source during the assessment.
- A teacher may further define acts in writing which shall constitute a violation of the Academic Honor Code.The definition shall be explained to each class and shall be effective thereafter for that class.
- When a teacher believes that a student has violated the Academic Honor Code, the teacher will discuss the matter with the student. The teacher and student may resolve the problem in a manner acceptable to both. The agreement involving an academic penalty shall be put in writing, signed by both parties concerned, and reported to the Head of Department and administration. The student shall not be further penalized based on this report alone.If the Honor Council believes that there are inconsistencies in the implementation of the consequences, the Council will inform the administration.
- Teachers will discuss the alleged or actual infraction of the Honor Code with the student's parents after the 48 hour period given to students so they may inform their parents.
- If a satisfactory resolution is not reached between the teacher and student, the teacher and/or student shall refer the matter to the Honor Council.
IV. Honor Council
The Honor Council shall consist of five students and two faculty members.Two of the five student members shall be representatives of the Student Council and National Honor Society.The other three students shall be selected by the Heads of Department after submitting one letter of interest and two letters of recommendation from any source.The student representation on the Honor Council shall be 2 seniors, 1 junior, 1 sophomore, and 1 freshman. The faculty representatives will be selected by the newly elected student members of the Honor Council.All members will serve one-year terms and may be re-elected.
The primary purpose of the Honor Council is to investigate in a confidential environment, suspected and actual violations of the Honor Code and make recommendations to the high school administration. In order for the Council to arrive at the most appropriate consequence, the Council will be supplied relevant information by the administration. The recommendation shall state the student's innocence or guilt and the appropriate academic and/or disciplinary penalties, if any. The student shall have no penalty imposed until the administration has made its decision.Should no determination be made before the end of the term, the teacher shall record an incomplete grade until a final decision is made.
One Honor Council designee is responsible for reporting the recommendation to the administration.
V. Violations of the Academic Honor Code
- Regarding academic assignments, violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include
representing another's work or any part thereof, published or unpublished as one's own. Plagiarism includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional markings around material quoted from any source.
- Violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include obtaining, distributing, or referring to a copy of an examination, which the instructor/department has not authorized to be made available for such purpose.
- Violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include any act that impedes the ability of other students to have fair access to materials assigned or suggested by the instructor. For example, unauthorized removal or destruction of library or other source materials violates the Academic Honor Code.
- Academic dishonesty shall include tampering with another student's work or impairing in any way the instructor's ability to assess the academic performance of another student.
- During examinations, violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include referring to information not specifically condoned by the teacher. It shall further include receiving information from a fellow student or another unauthorized source.
- Violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include alteration of grades or any other records related to the academic performance of students.
Violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include assisting, attempting to assist, or conspiring to assist another student in committing the offenses as outlined above.
- Violations of the Academic Honor Code shall include attempting to commit any offense as outlined above.
- Other violations of academic dishonesty as outlined by individual teachers.
VI. Consequence of Violations
Examples of academic penalties include, but are not limited to, one or a combination of the following:
- additional work to provide evidence of the student's academic performance, and/or evidence that the student knows and understands the course material, or
- a lower or failing grade or score on the assignment or examination, or
- a lower or failing grade in the course.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, the following are the possible disciplinary penalties for violation of the Academic Honor Code, which may be imposed singularly or in any combination. Repeat offenders may expect more severe consequences.
- Reprimand: A written statement from the CAC Honor Council expressing disapproval of conduct.
- Suspension: A separation from the College for a specified period of time, not to exceed five days. During the period of suspension, a student is excluded from classes and all other CAC privileges or activities. At the conclusion of the period of suspension, the student will be permitted to return to CAC on a probationary basis.
- Dismissal: An indefinite separation from the College. In order to be readmitted, a student will be permitted to return to the College on a probationary basis.
- Nothing in this system shall preclude the imposition of other reasonable sanctions or a combination of sanctions.
No permanent record of academic dishonesty is entered into a student's permanent file. If a student receives the penalty of failure in the course, for example, an “F” only is recorded on the student's transcript—no notation of academic dishonesty appears.
Students are responsible for understanding the Academic Honor Code and its implementation at Cairo American College. The students, parents, faculty, and administrators of Cairo American College believe that living under the guidance of the Honor Code contributes to the success of all CAC students.Each student admitted to CAC is subject to the tenets of the Honor Code. The principles on which the Honor Code rest serve as the foundation for a lifetime code of ethics.
CAC students are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to be a credit to CAC, the community - and most importantly, to themselves.
* The CAC Academic Honor Code has borrowed with permission from the Honor Systems currently used by Florida State University, University of Michigan School of Engineering, and Vanderbilt University.