Honor Pledge and Honor Council Information


Honor Pledge

“On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment.”

Honor Council

The purpose of the Honor Council is for a panel of students to help educate River Hill students who have violated the academic integrity code at River Hill High School.  Students who are chosen to be on the Honor Council meet during Hawktime as cases arise through out the year. Depending on the circumstances, students who violate the academic integrity code can have their cases heard before the Honor Council, rather than an Administrator. This allows the student to have their side of the story heard by a panel of their peers. The Honor Council will listen, ask questions, and recommend an “educational tool” to help these students reflect on different ways to handle the situation in the future. The Honor Council is responsible for three main objectives:

  1. Provide guidance and assign consequences to students who have violated River Hill Academic Integrity Policy
  2. Develop educational tools that will foster academic integrity
  3. Strategically develop and implement RHHS academic integrity standards 

Those who commit a Level I violation may appear before the student Honor Council.  (See the 2 levels under Adacemic Policy below).

Want to be involved with Honor Council?

Honor Council is a great way to get involved in your school.  Please see the application below for more details.  Each student selected for Honor Council serves for one year. 

Fill out an application

Academic Integrity Policy

Level 1 Violations- (Heard by Honor Council, if desired)

  1. Copying, or allowing another student to copy, assignments or ideas
  2. Lack of internal citations, or omitting citations, within a given assignment (Including a bibliography is not adequate)
  3. Using another person’s ideas without offering proper citation

Level II Violations- (Administrative Referral)

  1. Cheating on exams or quizzes
  2. Buying or copying an essay assignment and submitting it as one’s own
  3. Using an assignment from a student who previously took the class, or using an assignment you completed for another class
  4. Any intentional violations not listed