Honor Code

A Harding Academy student will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.

Many schools have honor codes that address issues of dishonesty—lying, cheating, and stealing. In most cases the emphasis is on the students’ honoring the school, honoring their peers, or honoring themselves. At Harding, however, our emphasis is on honoring God. Although there are consequences for dishonesty, those consequences are not the motivation for being honest. Instead, we want students to understand that if they choose dishonesty, they are dishonoring God.

Honor Pledge

Every student will affix to all tests and examinations the following pledge: "I have not given or received unauthorized help." Additionally, teachers may require that other assignments be pledged, as well. A student's signature is his indication that the work is entirely his own. However, the absence of the pledge does not relieve the student of his responsibility to be honest.

Honor Code Violations

I. Cheating is defined as giving or receiving unauthorized help on a test or assignment, including the following:

  • communicating in any way with another student during a test
  • sharing information about a test or quiz with another student who has yet to take the test or quiz or receiving such information
  • having in one's possession materials or information, not approved in advance by the teacher, which would indicate intent to give or receive help
  • copying of another person’s homework or allowing one’s work to be copied (Working problems with other students, getting pointers, etc., with the goal of learning and completing an assignment is permissible, but the wholesale copying of another’s work and/or answers is cheating.)

II. Plagiarism is defined as the use of another's words, style, or ideas as if they were one's own or using material without giving proper credit to the original source. Plagiarism is a form of cheating.

III. Stealing is defined as the taking of property or possessions of others without proper authorization or permission.

IV. Dishonesty is defined as not being honest in word or deed, including the following:

  • deceiving or giving false or partial information for the purpose of escaping guilt, of circumventing a school rule, or of duping school personnel
  • lying or being untruthful

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Consequences of Honor Code Violations

A violation of the Honor Code is considered a major infraction and is not tolerated. Harding reserves the right to impose such penalties as it deems appropriate to call attention to the severity of the offense and to deter other such offenses. Consequences will often vary in light of a student’s previous behavior. A pattern of honor code violations could result in a student’s dismissal from Harding.

Among the consequences that the school may apply for honor code violations are the following:
• Grade of zero on the work
• Conduct grade of U in that class for the quarter
• Ineligibility for exemption from any semester examinations that semester
• Revocation of honors
• Revocation of elected office/ineligibility to run for elected office
• Dismissal from honor societies
• Loss of privileges

Mrs. Semore or Dr. Frizzell will meet with each student who violates the honor code. Parents will be notified and a report filed in the student’s record.