Honor Code


Our goal at Herndon High School is to promote a learning environment that is grounded in honesty and integrity. The Hornet community commits to acting responsibly and ethically to build trust and prepare for the future.

The Code:

Students attending Herndon High School are expected to conduct themselves honorably in pursuit of their education.  Cheating, plagiarism, and fraud violate ethical and moral rules of conduct and will not be tolerated at Herndon High School.

Responsibilities & Expectations of Our Community

It takes a collective effort to maintain the integrity of an Honor Code.  To this end, we ask for the collaboration of students, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators in upholding the Honor Code.


  • Act with academic integrity and honor

  • Understand the Honor Code, violations, and the consequences

  • Report instances of Honor Code violations to staff


  • Report instances of Honor Code violations to staff

  • Understand and actively reinforce Honor Code tenets with students

  • Support the faculty and administration with the enforcement of the Honor Code


  • Present and uphold the Herndon HS Honor Code in an equitable and unified manner

  • Display the Honor Code in the classroom

  • Closely monitor students in a testing environment

  • Report Honor Code violations as set forth in the following guidelines to the parent/guardian and appropriate administrator


  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators in counseling students regarding the Honor Code

  • Work with teachers and administrators in identifying root causes of Honor Code violations

  • Collaborate with administrators in meeting with students and parents as needed


  • Make the Honor Code publicly available to students, parents, and faculty/staff

  • Uphold Honor Code in unified and equitable manner

  • Maintain a written record of Honor Code violations

  • Follow through on consequences in a timely manner, including meeting with referring teacher and notifying sponsors of honor societies and other leadership organizations

  • Display the Honor Code in classrooms and hallways

  • Communicate to staff when appropriate regarding student participation in extracurricular activities


Violations and consequences are considered by each student’s history in all of his or her classes.  The Honor Code addresses the following violations:


Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in or facilitating any form of copying (e.g., paper copying, taking pictures, utilizing cell phones)

  • Giving or receiving information orally, or by signs, gestures, or deception during any type of assessment

  • Discussing assessment information without teacher approval

  • Representing another person’s work as one’s own


Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Forging a signature on any document

  • Hiring or paying another student/person/website to complete school assignments

  • Misrepresenting experience and/or participation in a club or organization on a resume

  • Presenting community service hours for course credit or other requirements when no service was performed

  • Submitting a project or assignment, without making substantial changes, more than once for credit (without teacher permission)


Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying material directly from published material or a website without using quotation marks and proper citations

  • Turning in an assignment or project as one’s own work when it was written in part or entirely by someone else

  • Making up sources or including sources not consulted in works cited page

  • Altering, restating, or paraphrasing another person's words, ideas, or work without giving credit or acknowledging one’s sources.  This would include but not be limited to text, music and video clips, photos, graphics, and artwork

  • Paraphrasing partially or carelessly, even if cited


Examples include, but not limited to:

  • Taking another's piece of writing/work and submitting it as one’s own

  • Taking teacher copies of quizzes and/or tests

  • Accessing an answer key or other materials belonging to a teacher without permission

  • Sharing pictures or details about assignments in person or through social media without teacher permission


Consequences for Honor Code violations remain on a student’s record until graduation

First infraction - The first infraction may be documented as an Honor Code warning or violation.  Honor Code warnings may be issued at the discretion of the teacher and assistant principal.  The warning will be communicated to the student’s parents and will be documented by the student’s assistant principal. Subsequent infractions in any class will automatically constitute violations; violations are tabulated across all of a student’s classes.  

  • Honor Code Warning - Student is warned that s/he has violated the Honor Code.  A warning may be issued if the teacher believes the student accidentally violated the Honor Code, or, even if intentional, if the teacher believes it is in the student’s best interest to receive a warning.  A teacher and the student’s assistant principal will meet to discuss whether the Honor Code infraction should result in a warning or violation.
    • Examples of infractions that could be viewed as warnings (not mandatory, or limited to these examples):
      • Student did not realize they were committing plagiarism.
      • Student did not know the assignment should have been an individual effort.
      • Student shared responses with other students to complete individual assignments.  
  • Consequences from a Honor Code warning
    • Student will complete a reflection form.
    • Student will redo or complete an alternative assignment, at the teacher’s discretion, without a grade penalty.  
  • Honor Code Violations - Student had intention, knew, or may have unknowingly committed a severe violation of the Honor Code.  Any subsequent infraction will automatically be a violation.
    • First Violation
      • Student will redo or complete an alternative assignment with a 30% penalty.
      • Administrator will document Honor Code violation in student discipline record.
      • Students’ sponsors in honor societies, Leadership class, and other academic organizations will be notified.
    • Second Violation
      • Student will receive a 0 for the assignment that generated the Honor Code violation.
      • Student will participate in a Restorative Justice process.
      • Students in honor societies, Leadership class, Class Council, and other academic organizations will be suspended from extracurricular activities related to these positions for 30 days.  Student will be placed on probation in these organizations for one calendar year.
      • Administrator and counselor will meet with parents and student
    • ​​​​​​​Third Violation
      • Student will receive a zero with no opportunity for a retake.
      • Student will be removed from honor societies, Leadership class, and other academic organizations.
      • Additional penalties may be put in place (e.g., after-school detention, in-school suspension, community service).

Honor Process Flow Chart