The St. Joseph’s Catholic School Honor Code was established to ensure that students take responsibility for their own actions and thus create an atmosphere free from suspicion. By means of the Honor Code, St. Joseph’s students practice moral leadership, accept personal responsibility, and develop strong character.
While the Honor Code is a part of our school as a total community, it is a special honor given to our students due to their desire to be part of this family and to be concerned for its wellbeing. At the heart of the Honor Code is respect for the dignity of the human person. Lying, cheating, stealing, and tolerating those who do are damaging to the student’s moral virtue and to the reputation of the school. Taking responsibility for one’s actions is vital to the maturity of each individual. Our students are citizens of God’s family, the St. Joseph’s family, and their own respective families. The trust among all members of this family builds confidence in the overall school community and enables all to be grounded in Christ Jesus. A St. Joseph’s student:
- Always Tells the Truth; He or she is honest and cooperative with the administration, faculty, and fellow students, even when questioned about wrongdoing
- Has Integrity; Any homework, reports, exams, tests or other graded or ungraded work is to be the sole work of the student whose name appears on that material; He/she does not claim another’s work as his/her own without giving proper credit
- Does Not Steal; He/she does not take or use what belongs to another without being granted prior permission
- Upholds the Code of Honor;Through charitable fraternal correction, he or she does not knowingly tolerate another student’s violation of the honor code.