Honor Code

As a family of learners rooted in gospel values and committed to creating and maintaining an orderly learning environment, the Hoban community voluntarily commits to the following code of conduct. We regard integrity and honesty as essential values that are imperative in a just and humane society. To uphold the Honor Code is to act honestly in all situations. An honorable person upholds the code out of a sense of self-worth and a desire to function within a trusting and trustworthy community. The ultimate goal of the honor code is to promote academic integrity. 

The Hoban Honor Code

  • I will tell the truth.
  • I will do my own work without illicit assistance.       
  • I will work to encourage honesty.

The Pledge: 

Every academic year, each student will be required to sign the honor pledge. The pledge states: "I choose to uphold the Honor Code of Archbishop Hoban High School because I value my character and our community of trust." 

On tests, quizzes, papers and assignments, students may be asked to write the following Honor Code statement: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received illicit aid on this (exam, quiz, test, paper, assignment, etc.)." 

Students may also be asked to write the following statement: "To the best of my knowledge, students in this class have abided by the Archbishop Hoban High School honor code while taking this (exam, quiz, test, etc.)." 

These behaviors are unacceptable and violate the honor code: 

  • Lying: Lying is any action of deceit, deception or fraud. 
  • Cheating: Cheating is giving or receiving illicit help in schoolwork. Examples include: deception, the use of illicit help on tests or assignments, including the use of electronic devices; illicit copying or illicit help on an assignment; providing or obtaining questions or answers before or during a test or quiz; altering and resubmitting graded assignments; using false excuses for extensions.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarizing is presenting the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own without proper acknowledgement. Examples include:  submitting someone else’s work as one’s own, failing to use proper documentation, reusing an assignment and presenting it as new work, making up data, citing nonexistent sources, downloading work directly from the Internet, violating copyright regulations.

Students uphold academic integrity by:

  • Honestly attempting to do assignments and homework correctly and to completion.
  • Being present, prepared, alert and engaged during each class.
  • Preparing specific questions to ask the teacher when the student does not understand.
  • Attempting to see the teacher outside of class if the student needs help.
  • Abiding by the limits for authorized help and collaboration for each assignment.

Parents promote academic integrity by: 

  • Providing written acknowledgment that they support the honor code.
  • Engaging in honorable behavior that provides students with a positive example for adhering to the honor code.
  • Supporting the faculty and administration in upholding the honor code.

Teachers promote academic integrity by: 

  • Maintaining orderly learning and secure testing environments.
  • Instructing students on proper documentation for all assignments that include referencing others’ ideas or words.
  • Articulating the limits for authorized help and collaboration for each assignment.
  • Reporting all honor code violations and potential violations to the administration with documentation of alleged offenses.

Administrators promote academic integrity by:

  • Providing time within the school schedule for faculty, parents and students to have adequate knowledge of the honor code.
  • Holding students and teachers accountable for their responsibilities for maintaining the honor code.
  • Maintaining cumulative records of violations of the honor code.