One of the goals of any educational institution is to create active, productive members of society. A major part of this process is the reinforcement of certain character traits that we wish all students who pass through these halls to exhibit. As a result, we have created an Honor Code at Madison. Much like the Uniform Discipline Code, this document was created through a collaborative effort involving teachers, parents and students. It is our hope that the implementation of this Honor Code and the reinforcement of the values that lie within will help to promote a culture in our school that is founded on the principles of honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility and trust.
It is the goal of Madison High School that students leave here having acquired the traits necessary to become active, responsible citizens. Part of this growth process includes the development and reinforcement of a value system based on honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility and trust. In addition, parents, teachers and administrators need to model these behaviors so our students have tangible examples to follow. By creating and instituting this Honor Code at Madison High School students will understand, and strive to meet, the high expectations we hold for them.
We expect all students to exhibit positive character traits throughout their academic careers at Madison High School. All students who attend this school are integral in creating a culture based on academic excellence that is achieved within a climate of honesty, respect, trust and responsibility. By observing and upholding the ideals and principles set forth in this Honor Code, students are embodying a spirit of mutual trust and intellectual honesty that is central to the very nature of the school, and representing the highest possible expression of shared values among the members of the school community.
Honesty- We expect students to be truthful in their thoughts and deeds. Students need to be honest and truthful to those around them, but above all they must be truthful to themselves. By letting the principle of honesty guide them, students will build and maintain the type of character traits that every person should exhibit.
Integrity - We expect students to act with integrity. Students should take responsibility for their actions and expect others to do the same. Students at Madison High School should be guided by certain core values that they will not violate simply to fit in. We hold that students and faculty will abide by their own words and ideals and will uphold the principles set forth in this code. By acting with integrity, students will gain the respect of their peers and teachers, and will act as a model of citizenship.
Respect – We expect students to respect themselves and others. Students should be tolerant of other people’s beliefs and backgrounds even though they may differ from their own. Those who are respectful of others have a high regard for their own well-being, as well as that of others.
Responsibility - We expect students to engage in responsible behavior. We believe Madison High School should be filled with students who are interested in service above self. We want students to take an active role in serving their community and be committed to the improvement of that community. Additionally, we believe students should take ownership of their words and actions as well as their academic work. A commitment to act responsibly will engender within the student a personal accountability to do the right thing.
Trust- We expect students to be trustworthy. We believe that students and faculty members should have faith that everyone will act in an honest and forthright manner. We understand that a positive learning environment is based on a mutual trust between the faculty and students, and that this trust can only be built by all members of the Madison High School community modeling these traits.
VIOLATIONS OF THE HONOR CODE
Teachers’ expectations for all work should be clearly stated. It is the responsibility of the student to seek a teacher out for clarification if that student is unsure of the requirements for any activity or assignment. Such proactive measures will help to ensure that violations of the Honor Code do not occur. The Madison Honor Code expressly forbids any and all acts of academic dishonesty. These acts include, but are not limited to the following:
1. CHEATING: Cheating, according to the Madison Honor Code, will be defined as the act of giving or receiving any unauthorized aid or assistance or the act of giving or receiving any unfair advantage on any form of academic work, or attempts thereof. Acts of academic dishonesty that fall under the category of cheating include, but are not limited to:
- Copying and/or offering assignments verbally, in written form, or electronically.
- Copying and/or offering answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form, or electronically
- The use of prepared materials, written, recorded or stored, to assist one’s self during a test or quiz
- Submitting assignments that have been completed by someone other than the student to whom the work has been assigned. This may include falsifying the level of participation in group activities.
2. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism will be defined as the act of taking another’s work, for the purpose of completing a written or oral assignment, and claiming it as one’s own. Acts of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
- The submission of another’s research paper as one’s own.
- Submitting images and/or documents in whole or in part from the internet without proper citation of the sources.
- Using another’s ideas or assertions without proper citation
- Incorporating portions of another’s writing within the context of one’s own work.
- Failure to acknowledge a source of information.
- Using graphs, charts, diagrams and illustrations without citations
3. VIOLATION OF TEST TAKING PROTOCOL: A violation in test taking protocol is defined as a student who consciously or unconsciously violates standard test taking procedures which may or may not provide an opportunity for an academic advantage. Violations of testing protocol include, but are not limited to:
- Use of a cell phone or any other unauthorized electronic device during a testing period/session.
- Unauthorized communication or collaboration with another student during a testing period/session.
- Unauthorized access of information that may or may not provide an academic advantage during the testing period/session.
Violations of the Honor Code are cumulative and carry over from one course to another and from year to year. For example, if a Honor Code infraction occurs in a student’s freshman year and then that student has a 2nd Honor Code infraction in their Junior year the 2nd infraction is treated in accordance with the consequences associated with the stated consequences for 2nd violation. Students who are found to be in violation of the Honor Code will be given the opportunity to appeal their case to the administration. Students who choose to forego the appeals process will face the following consequences:
The student will receive a zero for the assignment with no opportunity to make up those points lost. In addition, the teacher will contact the student’s parents and inform them of the violation. The incident will go on file as a violation of the Honor Code and remain in the student’s file for the remainder of his or her high school career. Finally, the student, teacher and Assistant Principal will meet to discuss the transgression and formulate strategies to avoid future violations of the Honor Code as well as to inform the student of the consequences should future violations occur. Parents who wish to attend this meeting may do so.
The student will receive a zero for the assignment with no opportunity to make up points lost. The teacher will contact the parents and inform them of the violation. The incident will go on file as a violation of the Honor Code and will remain in the file for the duration of the student’s high school career. A meeting will take place between the student, teacher and Assistant Principal to discuss the transgression. Parents are required to attend this meeting to discuss strategies to avoid future transgressions as well as the consequences should future violations occur. In addition, the student will be assigned one Saturday Detention.
The violation will be immediately reviewed by the faculty member & administration. Based on the findings, the student may receive an F (‘F’ being defined as a 50) as their grade for the marking period. The student will then meet with the faculty member & the administration to discuss the transgression and receive notification that should future violations occur credit for the course will be lost. In addition, the student will receive two Saturday Detentions