A number of years ago a representative group of students and teachers developed an Honor Code for Stevenson School. In subsequent years, students have revised and strengthened it.
The Honor Code is intended to provide a firm ethical framework for our community. It is assumed that all members of the Stevenson community will accept the Honor Code and support it in all aspects of their lives.
The infractions listed below are considered to be of such major importance that a single occurrence may jeopardize a student’s place in the school:
- Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
- Stealing, possession of stolen goods, or sale of stolen goods.
- Lying or other forms of dishonesty.
Any student who witnesses a violation of the Honor Code in any area is asked to direct the violator to report the incident to the Dean of Students. If the violator does not report the infraction, the witness is asked to report the offense, confidentially if the witness prefers.
A student is expected to admit to a violation of the Honor Code if confronted by the President, the Head of Pebble Beach Campus, the Head of Carmel Campus, the Dean of Students, a member of the faculty, the President of the Student Council, or a school prefect. Lying in such a situation will result in the imposition of severe disciplinary consequences.
Standards of Conduct
Stevenson is a community of resident students, day students, faculty and staff. A successful community requires caring, trust, commitment and dedication to excellence from all of its members. Accordingly, this community has certain standards that all students should respect and which must be upheld and enforced consistently by and for both resident and day students. All students, day and boarding, will be expected to abide by the Stevenson Standards of Conduct.
Stevenson expects that students at all times will conduct themselves so as to reflect credit upon themselves and the school. Furthermore, it is expected that all students are responsible for their own actions and the consequences thereof.
The Standards of Conduct state that the following infractions could cost the student his or her place in the school:
- Failure to uphold the Honor Code
- Possession, use, or evidence of the use of alcoholic beverages ON or OFF the campus unless the student is with his or her own parents; supplying alcohol and/or hosting an event where alcohol is present is regarded as a most serious offense and will likely result in dismissal
- Possession, use, or evidence of the use of marijuana or other illegal drugs and narcotics, including tobacco, ON or OFF the campus; inappropriate use of prescription drugs; sale of illegal drugs or narcotics is regarded as a most serious offense and will likely result in dismissal
- Willful injury to any person; including verbal harassment or assault
- Willful destruction of property
- Deliberate violations of the fire code, including, more specifically, vandalism of fire equipment, burning of materials in any school building, and the setting of false alarms
- Possession of guns, knives and other weapons on campus
- Repeated misconduct and continuing violations of school rules
- Excessive unexcused absences from class or sports commitments. (The school expects that students will meet all of their activities required for graduation.)
- Failure to abide by the Computer Use Policies
- Failure to abide by coed visitation regulations
The central goal of any educational institution is to foster an environment where learning can take place. Classroom work, classroom exercises and out-of-class assignments are designed by teachers to both challenge their students intellectually and to provide opportunities to demonstrate the mastery of acquired knowledge.
The expectation of Stevenson School is that students will complete their assignments without outside assistance unless it has been specifically authorized by the student’s teacher. This will allow for both the greatest opportunity for intellectual growth of the student and the truest opportunity for a student to be judged on his or her mastery. Failure to follow this expectation will lead to a violation of the Honor Code and the Stevenson Standards of Conduct.
At the beginning of each term, and at other times throughout the year, faculty members will make clear to the students in their classes their expectations regarding permissible academic conduct. It is important that each classroom teacher discuss the specifics of academic dishonesty infractions in the context of their specific disciplines each year so that students may avoid common pitfalls.
As a guideline, the following can be considered forms of academic dishonesty:
Submitting the words, ideas, opinions or theories of another without fair attribution. This includes direct quotations, paraphrasing or purchasing or receiving in another manner the written work or other assignment of another and submitting that work as your own.
- Unauthorized Assistance
Copying or allowing someone to copy, giving or receiving answers on tests or homework, submitting a group assignment when all members of the group have not assisted substantially in its preparation, using an outside source on a graded assignment (including, but not limited to a crib sheet, an electronic device, a computer translator, or a programmable calculator).
Giving false reasons for failure to complete academic work, falsifying lab results, altering answers and resubmitting work for a grade, damaging equipment to prevent the evaluation of academic work, or submitting the same work or substantially the same work for a grade more than once.