MCA HONOR CODE
**Required for all Middle and High School Students as a condition of enrollment**
The Memorial Christian Middle and High School Student Honor Code
The Honor Code is not only at the core of the discipline system at
At the heart of Memorial's mission statement is the sincere hope for a truly Christian community. For this mission to be realized, the members of the community must commit to follow the two greatest commandments as expressed by Jesus Christ in Matthew 22:37, 39. The first is "to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." The second is "to love your neighbor as yourself." These two commands have called our school community to formulate the Honor Code as the inspiration and core of an honorable lifestyle. The desire of Memorial is that its members individually and corporately strive to walk worthy of the calling to faithfully follow Christ.
The Honor Code is intended to work for the students, not against them. It is structured to encourage them to live with integrity. The effectiveness of the Honor Code is directly proportional to the level of student ownership. Ultimately, the strength of the Honor Code rests with our students' commitment to follow it and their commitment to hold each other accountable.
An honorable community is one of mutual trust, honesty, and respect. It is a community where each individual is expected to live honorably and each individual is expected to encourage his/her peers to live honorably as well. It is a community where students do not feel the pressure from peers to lie and cheat, and where students are not ridiculed for their commitment to live honorably.
An honorable community is more than a commitment to follow a set of rules. It is a commitment to an honorable lifestyle . It is our hope that our student's commitment to an honorable lifestyle will far outlive their time at Memorial. We hope our students see the benefits of an honorable lifestyle and allow the principles of the Honor Code to govern all aspects of their lives.
The following is a list of the most common Honor Code violations, including specific examples of dishonorable behavior.
Definition: Any action, appearance, or statement, which an individual knows, or should know, to be untrue, given with intention to deceive.
Examples of lying include, but are not limited to:
Definition: Taking or attempting to take property, whether physical or intellectual, without right or permission.
Examples of stealing include, but are not limited to:
Definition: Using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance or advantage in academic work that is submitted as one's own individual efforts or the giving of such assistance to others.
Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:
Definition: literary theft, misrepresentation, and falsification.
Explanations of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
Items that must be documented are facts, quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. Writing that expresses one’s own thoughts, experiences, or interpretations and is stated in one’s own words does not require documentation. Also, when information is common knowledge or is from a specific text, it does not need citation.
These acts include, but are not limited to, the use of alcohol, tobacco, tobacco products, illegal drugs, pornography, divinity/occult activity, unauthorized use of legal drugs, sexual immorality, inappropriate and abusive language, student and teacher disrespect, skipping school, vandalism or any other inappropriate actions that bring dishonor to the name of Christ and Memorial Christian School.
If a student suspects a classmate has committed an Honor Code violation, he/she has several options:
1. Discuss the potential violation with the student and keep the conversation confidential.
2. Discuss the potential violation with the student and give the student an opportunity to turn himself/herself in to the Principal.
3. Go to the Principal or a teacher with the suspected violation.
4. Do nothing.
Based upon the principles established in Matthew 18: "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you;" and in Galatians 6: " If another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path," we strongly encourage our students to follow the first or second options. This conversation is best handled with an attitude of care and concern for the suspected violator and not with an attitude of harshness or reprisal. In an honorable community, students have a responsibility to "help each other back on the right path." This policy does not leave room for students to discuss (gossip) about suspected violations among themselves. Gossip falls under the category of "other dishonorable behaviors" and is an Honor Code violation itself.
If a member of the faculty or staff suspects an Honor Code violation, after discussing the incident with the student, he/she is obligated to turn in the violation to the Principal.
Once an Honor Code violation has been reported, the Principal will act in accordance with school policy.
The seriousness and nature of an Honor Code violation in large part determines the consequences.
Students that commit an Honor Code violation may be placed on disciplinary probation—length of probation to be determined by the Administrator. A subsequent Honor Code violation or other serious discipline problem could put the student’s future at Memorial in jeopardy.
Any student on probation at the end of the school year will be evaluated by the Administrative Team to determine whether they will be allowed to return in the fall. A student's disciplinary record, teacher recommendations, and in some cases, an interview will be used to evaluate the student’s future.
Students whose behavior is consistently disruptive or chronic may also be placed on disciplinary probation.
Students who hold a class office will be removed from those positions of leadership.
If the Honor Code violation involves academic work, (homework, tests, quizzes, papers, projects, etc.) the student will receive a grade of zero for the assignment. In rare cases, instead of a zero, a student may receive a reduction in grade.
Many behaviors are consistent from classroom to classroom, such as respect for the teacher, respect for fellow students, and being on time. Other behaviors may be acceptable in one classroom and unacceptable in another, depending on such factors as teacher style and course content. For example, certain behaviors are acceptable in PE class but not in an English class. Each classroom teacher is responsible for communicating his/her distinct discipline policies and consequences to the students.
Once a student is admitted to Memorial, certain responsibilities accompany that
Honor Code is always in effect. Whether openly stated or not, the principles and policies of the Honor Code are continually applicable, unless the authority figure specifies for an exception.