Viking Student Honor Code

  • The Mills Student Honor Code is based on the school’s belief that a student who maintains the highest level of academic integrity will reach the highest level of academic achievement, and that authentic learning requires authentic work. The Honor Code is intended to ensure that students who choose to demonstrate such integrity benefit from this choice.

    The Mills Student Honor Code defines academic integrity as each student doing his/ her own work. The Mills Student Honor Code defines cheating as claiming work by another person or source to be his/her own work. The following table, although not all-inclusive, lists actions that are considered violations of the Student Honor Code as well as possible consequences for such violations. The teacher’s professional judgment will determine if a violation has occurred. During Distance Learning, teachers will modify curriculum to a more personal and reflective nature when possible so as to remove the possibility of cheating.

    Examples of violations of the Honor Code:

    Consequences for violating Honor Code:

    • Copying or offering answers on tests or quizzes either verbally, in written form, or by electronic means.

    • Talking with another student during a quiz or test.

    • Using any type of notes not permitted by the teacher.

    • Copying work that was assigned to be done independently (including homework) or allowing someone else to copy your work, either verbally, in written form, or by electronic means.

    • Turning in work that was done by another person during this year or from prior years.

    • Giving test information to students in other periods of the same course.

    • Fabricating or altering laboratory data.

    • Turning in the same paper to more than one class without prior approval.

    • Removing a test from the classroom in which it was given without teacher permission.

    • Copying phrases, sentences, passages without citation while writing a paper.

    • Pressuring other students to violate the Mills Student Honor Code.

    • Accessing and sharing information about tests and quizzes stored in computers.

    • Forging signatures on assignments.

    • Representing a project as one’s own when it involved collaboration, without prior teacher approval.

    First Offense: Failure or zero on the assignment, with no opportunity to make up work; in-office parent conference with Academic Honesty Contract signed by student and parent; possible detention or suspension; and consideration of drop “F” for further violations. 

    Second and subsequent offenses: may include all the above for First Offense; may result in a drop “F” for the class.

    Letters of Recommendation: Prior to writing any letter of recommendation for a college or scholarship, a teacher will be given access to information on any violations of the Mills Student Honor Code by the student requesting the letter. Teachers have the right to deny letters of recommendation for any reason, including involvement in a violation of the Mills Student Honor Code.

    Teachers will use or other apps through Canvas that analyze work for authorship and authenticity to determine if the Viking Student Honor Code has been violated.


Behavior and Outcomes Table