Students, faculty, and staff of Episcopal all sign the Honor Code, agreeing not to lie, steal, or cheat. The Honor Code cultivates a level of trust that is essential to our community. At Episcopal, we stress a healthy sense of loyalty. That is, one’s loyalty to the School in reporting Honor infractions is more important than a misguided loyalty that causes one to cover-up – and therefore condone – a friend’s violation of the Honor Code.
Making the Honor Code at Episcopal work requires three major emphases: trust, security, and education. Trust is demonstrated when students leave their backpacks unattended or when members of the community take one another’s word. Security counterbalances the trust; security is demonstrated when teachers proctor tests and when students lock belongings in their lockers. The education component must be an ongoing and ever-present emphasis on the Honor Code in every class, team, performing group, and club.
The Honor leadership at the School is shared by students and adults. Every student, teacher, staff member, parent, and guardian is charged with advancing the cause of integrity and making Honor pervasive in our community.
The Honor Code
Episcopal believes that students learn best in an environment where each person is valued and respected. The School expects its students to act responsibly and be trustworthy, reliable and honest. The School, therefore, instituted its Honor System designed to instill in its students honesty and integrity as values of utmost importance. The Honor System is a cherished principle by which life on the campus is governed. Episcopal’s Honor Code provides the foundation for responsible student behavior. The Honor Code states:
A member of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville community will not lie.
A member of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville community will not steal.
A member of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville community will not cheat.
Ask your teacher what is appropriate. Remember: If your name is on the assignment, you are saying you did the work. If anyone else helped - classmate, book source, internet source, parent, teacher, or any other - that name must be on the work also. On every assignment, test and quiz students are required to write the School’s Honor Pledge Poster.
The Honor and Discipline Councils
The Honor and Discipline Councils are composed of 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Each spring students who are interested in being on a Council are encouraged to apply for a position. This process involves a completed application, recommendations from a teacher, and a fellow student. The outgoing seniors on the councils recommend new members, making it a true student-run Council.
The Middle School and Upper School Deans and the Director of Honor Education provide adult supervision and facilitate the meetings of both Councils. The Deans or the Director make no recommendations during the meeting and act as mediators between the student appearing before the Council and the Council itself. Mr. Greg Summers and Ms. Debbie Deppe are Honor Council faculty advisors. Dean Christy Hodges and Dean John Dwyer are the faculty advisors for the Discipline Council.
More information on procedures around Honor and Discipline Councils is available in the Parent/Student Handbook.