Academic Honor Code Policy

Academic honesty is essential to the development of personal integrity and the fulfillment of the school goal of striving to have students grow in the knowledge and the practice of Gospel values.  In the Rule of St. Benedict, the dignity of work is an important tenet and offers a strong connection to the SEHS goal to respect and honor a person’s work, including intellectual property.  In the fulfillment of this goal, the Academic Council has established the following Honor Policy.

The student will not:

  • Use or attempt to use unauthorized material, information, notes or study aids.
  • Obtain unauthorized assistance from any source.
  • Falsify or invent information to be used as a resource.
  • Work with another person without the teacher’s permission.
  • Present as his/her own the words, ideas, or works of another.
  • Give unauthorized help in any form to another student.
  • Enable others to violate the Honor Code.
  • Violate academic honesty in any other way. 


Consequences of Violations:


For all violations, the student must meet with the Honor Board, their parents are informed, and the student could become ineligible for that quarter’s honor roll.

First Offense Penalties:

  • Zero grade for the work in which cheating was involved
  • For homework – one demerit and one detention
  • For quizzes, tests, essay, projects – three demerits and three detentions
  • For exam or research paper – four demerits and four detentions
  • For standardized test (PSATs) – five demerits and five detentions, possible dismissal from school
  • Parents are informed of the incident


Penalties for each subsequent offense during a student’s tenure at St. Elizabeth High School, as determined by the Honor Board:

  • Up to five demerits and five detentions
  • Service to the school 
  • Student might be required to write an essay on the incident, outcome, and learnings
  • Appropriate faculty shall be notified of the incident and previous incidents
  • Possible suspension or dismissal from school
  • Parents are informed of the incident


Honor Statement

When requested by a faculty member, students shall write and sign a pledge of honor that they did not cheat, e.g. “On my honor, I have neither given nor received help on this test.”

Honor Board

  • Mr. Frank Bellomo, Chair
  • Mrs. Joanne Gibbons, National Honor Society Moderator

The members of the Board meet with individual students upon a teacher’s report of a violation of the academic honor code.  Following that meeting, the Board decides the course of action to be taken and contacts the student’s parents.  The board consults with the Dean of Students when a disciplinary action is indicated.

Faculty Pledge

I promise to actively promote student honesty by explaining the importance of academic honesty, maintaining vigilance, keeping test materials secure and varied, and assessing penalties as prescribed in the Honor Policy.

Student Pledge

I accept and promise to uphold the St. Elizabeth High School Academic Honor Policy by being honest myself and encouraging others to do the same.  I will strive to adhere to the philosophy of St. Elizabeth High School, which calls students to make wise and correct moral decisions.  I have read the Honor Policy and understand the penalties for violations.  I understand and accept the consequences for failure to abide by the provisions of the policy.

Parent Pledge

I will support St. Elizabeth High School in its goal of helping students to grow in moral values by encouraging academic honesty in my child.  I have read the Honor Policy and understand the penalties for violations.  I understand and accept the consequences for failure to abide by the provisions of the policy.