Honor Code

Honor Code

Houston High School Code of Honor


The administration, faculty, staff, and students at Houston High School uphold the qualities of honesty, integrity, and truthfulness.

1.     Students will not give or receive aid on tests, quizzes, and exams.

2.     Students will not plagiarize any part of published materials, essays, or work of another.

3.     Administration and faculty will uphold standards of honesty and integrity.


The honor statement: This work is solely the result of my own effort. I have neither given nor received any unacknowledged assistance. I have also neither seen nor am aware of any honor violations on this assignment.


First Offense: The student will receive a zero on the assignment; the teacher will notify parents; an Honor Code Notice will be written and sent to the grade level administrator and parents (who will sign and return). First Offense notices are kept for one year by the grade level administrator. (Any senior who receives a first offense notice will have an Honor Code Notice on file: thus, wearing of cords and entrance into honor societies will be affected.)


Second Offense: The student will receive a zero; the teacher will send an Honor Code notice and a discipline referral to the grade level administrator; the administrator will notify the parents. Participation and/or eligibility for honor societies will be denied with a second offense. Second offense notices will deny the wearing of honor cords and are kept on file with the grade level administrator until the student graduates.


Third Offense: The student will receive a zero. The teacher will send an Honor Cord notice and discipline referral to the grade level administrator; the grade level administrator will suspend the student out of school until a parent conference is held. Students who have reached this level will not be allowed to wear Honor Cords at graduation. Third offense notices are kept on file until the student graduates.


Cheating is defined as receiving, soliciting, or aiding in the collaboration of a graded assignment without the teacher’s approval. Common examples include:

a.      Copying homework or classwork assignments (directly or from a picture of the work);

b.     Possession of any electronic device other than a traditional calculator for ANY reason during a quiz, test, or exam (such as cell phones, smart phones, or smart watches).

c.      Attempting to obtain assistance or answers for a quiz, test, or exam from another student. Allowing another person to complete an assignment for you. Attempting to use a note card or slip of paper with unauthorized information, programming additional information into a calculator, or utilizing any other form of written/digital information that is not approved by the teacher for the assignment or assessment.

Plagiarism is defined as taking someone else’s work and attempting to pass it off as your own. Common examples include:

a.       Quoting or paraphrasing a source or another’s words without a proper citation and credit to the source of the information.

b.     Writing a paper for someone else or turning in a paper written by another individual.

c.      Using an electronic translator on a foreign language writing assessment.


            Note: This list is not all-inclusive.

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