We assert a personal code of honor that compels honesty with ourselves and in our dealings with others, courage in accepting responsibility for our decisions and actions, and commitment to seeking fulfillment in our best work.
Stevenson's Honor Code, Standards of Conduct, and school policies are intended to inspire students to achieve excellence in their lives. Stevenson endorses a way of life based on honesty and on each person’s responsibility to make decisions that reflect a noble and mature ethical framework. The school values mutual responsibility, honesty, integrity, respect, trust, and fairness. In committing to these values we create a safe and healthy environment for personal and academic growth. The school prayer, written by Robert Louis Stevenson himself, embodies these ideals:
“That we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune … loyal and loving one to another.”
All students are asked to read and agree to abide by these community standards.
We believe that all Stevenson students are responsible for their actions and for the consequences thereof. All students, whether day or boarding, are expected to abide by the Standards of Conduct.
We expect students who violate our community standards to accept responsibility and admit their error. We hope that students will hold each other to this code, and if they witness a violation – especially if it involves a threat to health or safety – will alert an adult in the school.
We so value the virtues of honesty and responsible conduct that a single determined act of grave dishonesty or rash conduct could cost a student his or her place in the school. These Standards of Conduct detail the unsafe, unhealthy, dishonest, or illegal acts that could result in dismissal:
- Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty
- Stealing, possession of stolen goods, or sale of stolen goods; willful destruction of property
- Lying or other forms of dishonesty
- Possession, use, or evidence of the use of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or other illegal drugs and narcotics, including tobacco; inappropriate use of prescription drugs and intoxicants (such as cough syrup, spice, synthetic marijuana) on or off the campus
- Willful injury to any person, including verbal harassment or assault
- Deliberate violations of the fire code, including vandalism of fire equipment, burning of materials in any school building, and the setting of false alarms
- Possession of guns, knives, or other weapons on campus
- Violation of the school’s technology acceptable use policy
- Violation of the school’s coed visitation regulations
- Repeated misconduct and continuing violations of school rules
In most cases, students who violate the Honor Code and thereby jeopardize their position in the school may appear before the Judiciary Committee. The goal of the Judiciary Committee is to strengthen a student’s sense of responsibility to himself or herself and to the school community. The committee provides counseling and guidance and, where indicated, makes confidential disciplinary recommendations to the school president, who makes all final disciplinary decisions.