• Honor

St. Andrew’s is a community built on relationships—relationships that rest on mutual trust. We pledge, as individuals and as a community, to live by the following Honor Code:

We tell the truth at all times. We submit our own academic work. We do not steal. We seek to live lives of integrity in moments small and large, in all we say and do. When we fall short in these commitments, we take responsibility for our words and actions.

Because one of St. Andrew’s chief objectives is the creation and maintenance of a caring, just community based on the highest principles of trust and personal integrity, we ask our students to abide by the Honor Code and a computer Acceptable Use Policy when they arrive at St. Andrew’s in September. The code and policy addresses the major categories of cheating, stealing, lying and deceiving. We ask each student to sign the honor pledge at the beginning of the academic year, and to remember that these principles guide both how we live together in community, and how we conduct ourselves off campus as representatives of the School. Students who believe a violation of the Honor Code has taken place should speak to one of the VI Form co-heads of the Honor Committee or the faculty advisor to the Committee. 

Students who violate the Honor Code appear before the Honor Committee, which recommends penalties to the Head of School. The Honor Committee is composed of five faculty members chosen by the Head of School and eight students elected by their Forms. The two School co-presidents and the faculty advisor of the student appearing before the Committee serve as non-voting members of the Committee. A teacher appointed by the Head of School advises the committee and runs each meeting in conjunction with the VI Form co-heads. It is important for parents and students to realize that expulsion may result from a serious violation of the Honor Code––even on a first offense.

The Head of School may, at his discretion, act on an honor case without the use of the Honor Committee if he feels such action is appropriate. In such cases, the Head of School will conduct an investigation and decide an appropriate penalty.

In an open community such as ours, we cannot tolerate stealing. For the most part we operate without locks. However, each student has a locked drawer available in his/her room. We encourage each student to use this locked drawer to store valuables. Libraries, classrooms and computer labs are often available without specific faculty supervision, and our student rooms are always open. To maintain such an open community, we prohibit stealing and react firmly to any incidents of theft. Students who steal from other students or from the School risk expulsion on a first offense, whether the theft involves money, clothing, food, library books, bicycles or scooters/skateboards, or any other item. Borrowing something from another member of the community or the School without permission—even with the intention to return it—likewise constitutes a violation of the Honor Code, as it violates the relationships of trust at the heart of our community. We will search a student’s room and locker when sufficient evidence justifies suspecting that student of theft. When we discover a violation of our stealing policy, the penalty is almost always a major suspension or more likely expulsion from St. Andrew’s. In rare cases, we may conduct a School-wide room search as part of an investigation of stealing. Students who are caught for stealing or for shoplifting off campus, whether or not they are under the jurisdiction of the School at the time of the act, are subject to disciplinary procedures, including major suspension or expulsion.

Academic honesty must be the foundation of any school or college. The goal of our academic program is to help students discover the joy of learning. Teachers develop assessments (quizzes, tests, papers, labs) to evaluate the depth of student comprehension and understanding. Cheating disrupts the essential trust that must exist among students and between students and teachers. Cheating distorts the portrait of student learning that is essential to the teacher’s appraisal of the student.

Cheating in any form at St. Andrew’s is an honor offense which will lead to a student’s appearance before the Honor Committee. Penalties for students who cheat are usually either a major suspension or expulsion.

We expect students to do their own work on homework assignments, quizzes, lab reports, tests, exams and papers—indeed on every form of assessment a teacher uses. We also expect and require students to acknowledge the ideas, words and insights of others when they write papers, give reports or develop hypotheses. Students may not hand in essays, papers or other academic work that has already been submitted for credit in another class. Students will be given specific instructions by each teacher on policies regarding collaboration and plagiarism. Students should consult their teachers about whether working with or receiving feedback from others—be they on campus or off—is acceptable for a given assignment. It is essential that students follow these expectations carefully. The School specifically prohibits the use of SparkNotes or any similar study aids (Shmoop, LitCharts, etc.), whether on paper or online. We prohibit copying of material from the internet without proper documentation.

The main objective of our Honor Code is to instill in our students the belief that their personal integrity is their most valuable possession. Even when it may be painful to tell the truth, we expect our students to do so. Often, these moments may seem small—a student’s conversation with a senior on duty upon arriving late for corridor check in, or explanation to a faculty member of why a paper is not completed on time. The sum of these small moments is as important as single larger moments in maintaining a community of trust. A deliberate and repeated refusal to tell the truth will result in a student’s possible dismissal from School. Students who deliberately lie by inventing and holding on to stories and explanations that are not true will risk expulsion from School.

The Honor Committee will also meet to consider sanctions, including dismissal, for the following specific violations of community trust:

  • Tampering with School records
  • Unauthorized possession of School keys

Each fall, the Head of School and/or faculty advisor to the Honor Committee visit each corridor in the School to review the Honor Code and ask each student to sign an honor pledge. 

Honor Committee Sanctions
Students who appear before the Honor or Discipline Committee, or students whose violations are handled by the Head of School, are subject to penalties that include:

  • Head of School Reprimand – The student meets with the Head of School to review the violation;
  • School Separation – The student leaves the School for 1-6 days;
  • School Suspension – The student leaves the School for 7-13 days;
  • Major Suspension – The student leaves the School for 14 days or more;
  • Dismissal.
     
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