Honor Code

WT Woodson High School strives to produce students who act, at all times, in a manner that demonstrates honor and integrity. Any suspected incidents of cheating, plagiarism, or fraud will be referred to the Honor Council.  Students found guilty of Honor Code violations will be subject to consequences as outlined in the Honor Code. 

W. T. Woodson’s goal is to promote a community of trust that will enhance student achievement. Students who accept responsibility for their own academic integrity learn and can take pride in genuine achievement. This Honor Code represents expectations of student behavior that are consistent with fully preparing future citizens in a democratic society.

What is Honor?

  • The honorable person is a person of honesty and integrity.

    • Honesty means doing your own work.

    • Integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. Honor in academic endeavors carries over into adulthood. Honorable students become honorable citizens in the workplace, in society, and in their personal lives. Practically speaking, honor allows a society to function smoothly.

  • Honor is also valuable in and of itself. It is a higher good that guides a person’s decision making. Yet honor should not be the basis of an individual’s actions in isolation. In its fullest form, honor is communal. The citizen who witnesses a crime is duty-bound to report it. Students have a similar obligation to encourage one another to be honorable and to report dishonorable behavior which weakens our school community.

What is Academic Honor?

  • An honorable student takes pride in the products of his or her own talents and efforts. The honorable student respects others’ work and would not claim it as his or her own. Therefore, the honorable student does not engage in the following actions:

    • Cheating includes copying or allowing others to copy assignments, unauthorized use of study materials (paper or electronic), and unauthorized prior knowledge of assessments.

    • Fraud includes deception, falsifying data, and forgery.

    • Plagiarism is stealing another’s work and passing it off as one’s own.

What is the W. T. Woodson Honor Council?

  • The purpose of the Honor Council is to review alleged Honor Code violations. The Honor Council gives students an opportunity to appeal the alleged violation or to accept consequences for violating the Honor Code. Consequences for violations will be consistent throughout the school. In addition to administering the consequences set forth below, the Honor Council promotes integrity by providing students counseling through the Ethics Seminar in the case of repeat violations.

  • The Honor Council consists of a group of teachers who review cases of disputed honor violations and decide whether a violation has occurred. This decision will be based on presented written evidence from the referring staff member and the referred student, as well as any other written testimony deemed relevant to the case. This material will be presented to the council anonymously, so as to create an unbiased panel.

What are the consequences for violation of the Honor Code?

Freshman Forgiveness: If a freshman has only one Honor Code violation at the end of the freshman year, that violation will be expunged from the record.

Consequences for Violations

First Offense

  • The violation is referred to the Honor Council through the formal referral process.

  • The formal referral from the staff is kept on file with the Honor Council chair.

  • The student receives a zero on the graded assignment that gave rise to the Honor Code violation.

  • The student’s parents/guardians, teacher and administrator are notified of the violation.

  • If the student is in an honor society, he or she is put on probation for a period of time depending on the honor society’s membership rules.

  • A single honor code violation in the previous two semesters keeps the student from being admitted to an honor society.

  • If the student is in Leadership class, the student will be placed on probation and will not be able to take a leadership role in the next in-class activity. Leadership teachers will be notified of the violation if a student applies for leadership class for next year.

  • If the student is serving as a representative on the Student Advisory Council, as a class officer or as a member of Student Government Association, he or she will be placed on probation and will not be able to take a leadership role in the next student activity.

  • Freshman Forgiveness: If a freshman has only one Honor Code violation at the end of the freshman year, that violation will be expunged from the record.

Second Offense

  • The violation is referred to the Honor Council through the formal referral process.

  • The formal referral from the staff is kept on file with the Honor Council chair.

  • The student receives a zero on the graded assignment that gave rise to the Honor Code violation.

  • The student’s parents/guardian, teachers, coaches, sponsors, administrator, and counselor are notified of the violation.

  • The student is suspended from all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities (Monday through Sunday) following the week that the Honor Council meets to document thereferral. The student is expected to continue to attend practices or rehearsals.

  • The student is required to attend an Ethics Seminar.

  • The student is automatically dismissed from any honor society.

  • The student may not apply to become a member of an honor society.

  • If the student is serving as a representative on the Student Advisory Council, as class officer or as a member of Student Government Association, he or she is removed from that position and the student may not run for Student Advisory Council, Student Government Association or class office in subsequent elections.

  • The student may not apply for Leadership class.

Third Offense

  • The violation is referred to the Honor Council through the formal referral process.

  • The formal referral from the staff is kept on file with the Honor Council chair.

  • The student receives a zero on the graded assignment that gave rise to the Honor Code violation.

  • The student’s parents/guardian, teachers, coaches, sponsors, administrator, and counselor are notified of the violation.

  • The student is suspended from all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities (Monday through Sunday) following the week that the Honor Council meets to document the referral. The student is expected to continue to attend practices or rehearsals.

  • The student is required to attend Saturday School. Failure to attend will be considered insubordination and dealt with in accordance with school policy.

  • All three offenses are recorded in the student’s discipline record.

Fourth Offense

  • The violation is referred to the Honor Council through the formal referral process.

  • The formal referral from the staff is kept on file with the Honor Council chair. 

  • The student receives a zero on the graded assignment that gave rise to the Honor Code violation.

  • The student’s parents/guardian, teachers, coaches, sponsors, administrator, and counselor are notified of the violation.

  • The student is suspended from all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities for 30 calendar days starting with the Monday following the week that the Honor Council meets to document the referral. The student is expected to continue to attend practices or rehearsals.

  • The student receives one day of in-school suspension.

  • The additional violation is recorded in the student’s discipline record.

Fifth Offense

  • The violation is referred to the Honor Council through the formal referral process.

  • The formal referral from the staff is kept on file with the Honor Council chair.

  • The student receives a zero on the graded assignment that gave rise to the Honor Code violation.

  • The student’s parents/guardian, teachers, coaches, sponsors, administrator, and counselor are notified of the violation.

  • The student is suspended from all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities for the remainder of the academic year starting the Monday following the week that the Honor Council meets to document the referral. The student will no longer be allowed to attend practices or rehearsals.

  • The student receives one day of out-of-school suspension.

  • The additional violation is recorded in the student’s discipline record.

All Subsequent Offenses

  • The violation is referred to the Honor Council through the formal referral process.

  • The formal referral from the staff is kept on file with the Honor Council chair.

  • The student receives a zero on the graded assignment that gave rise to the Honor Code violation.

  • The student’s parents/guardian, teachers, coaches, sponsors, administrator, and counselor are notified of the violation.

  • The student receives one day of out-of-school suspension.

  • The additional violation is recorded in the student’s discipline record