Upper School Honor Code
Severn’s Honor Code is written for the students, by the students, and with the goal of not only maintaining but strengthening trust within the community. At Severn we value trust as a vital component to a student’s growth and maturation. The Honor Code presents the students’ unified thought that a strong community relies on respect for work, property, and one another. Therefore, as students, we pledge not to lie, cheat, or steal.
The Honor Code was established to create and maintain a culture of trust in the Upper School. At the beginning of each school year in a solemn assembly, all new faculty and students new to the Upper School came forward in a solemn ritual to sign the Honor Code book. "The Honor Code Assembly marks an important tradition of our Upper School community at Severn as we take time out to discuss the value of honor, which plays a crucial role in our school mission of challenging students to pursue excellence in character, conduct and scholarship," said Fuller. "Signing the Honor Book is your public commitment to upholding the honor code, to living by the honor code, and to being part of the Severn Upper School community.”
In addition to signing the Honor Book, each student further pledges via his/her signature on all quizzes, tests, and papers, that they understand and have upheld Severn’s Honor Code.
Middle School Honor Code
In accordance with Severn’s mission statement, students in the Middle School are expected to pursue excellence in character, conduct, and scholarship. This applies to all facets of student life in the Middle School. A strong community relies on respect for work, property, and one another.
Our expectation is that Middle School students will not give or receive help on assignments unless permitted by their teacher and will not copy work from another student or other source and present it as their own. Middle School students are to be honest and trustworthy and are expected not to lie, cheat or steal.