Every member of the St. Albans community strives to maintain a high standard of ethical behavior and cultivate a personal sense of honor. We maintain the honor code as an affirmation of our collective principles and as a practical guideline for right behavior. Few other American schools place such an emphasis on honor or refer to it as often. The St. Albans honor code binds us all to certain barebones expectations: lying, stealing, or cheating will not be tolerated and are subject to severe sanction. However, the spirit of the honor code invites us to go beyond and cultivate behavior befitting of true gentlemen.
Academic honor assumes intellectual honesty and integrity and requires that a student take personal responsibility for his own work. Any student who submits work that is not his own violates both this spirit of academic integrity and the purpose of STA and is subject to disciplinary action which can result in suspension from the community. A number of specific actions are prohibited under the principle of academic honor: 1) EXAMINATIONS. Any student either giving or receiving assistance on a quiz, test or exam violates the honor code. 2) PLAGIARISM. Any student who submits work that is not his own without acknowledgment of the source violates the honor code. This includes homework assignments. If a student obtains material or ideas directly from an outside source he must cite that source. 3) UNAUTHORIZED COLLABORATION. While students are encouraged to collaborate on test preparation and to discuss freely material and ideas outside of class, it is assumed that all work turned in for a grade (reports, essays, homework, take-home tests, etc.) has been completed by the student alone. Submission of unauthorized collaborative work violates the honor code.