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Honor Code

As a woman of honor, I pledge that this work is my own.

Each Mercy student will sign her name to the honor code at the beginning of any collected work including quizzes, tests, papers, examinations, projects, and other work.

The Academic Integrity Policy

The core principles of integrity, which are honesty, truth, and honor, create a foundation for success in all of life’s endeavors. Integrity in academic settings is a fundamental component of success and growth in the classroom. Practicing integrity prepares students for personal and professional challenges as well as providing a foundation for future fulfillment and success. (Adapted from the International Center for Academic Integrity.)

As an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme, Mercy expects our students to act with “integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.” (From the IB Learner Profile.)

Students are instructed in academic honesty throughout their four years at Mercy High School in academic courses, Seminar, and other school sponsored activities. The standard for proper citing of sources is MLA unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

Legitimate collaboration is defined as “working together on a common aim with shared information, which is an open and cooperative behavior” (From MYP: From principles into practice, p. 76). Collaboration is different from unacceptable collusion which occurs when a member of the group copies or submits the work of other members as her own work for assessment. Collaboration should result in an authentic piece of work that is in the student’s own words.

Violations of the Honor Code include but are not limited to:

  • Unauthorized giving or taking of test questions/answers
  • Unauthorized use of notes or aids on any test or quiz
  • Asking for or giving assistance to another student during a test or quiz
  • Copying another student’s work
  • Allowing another student to copy one’s own work
  • Falsifying information
  • Presenting someone else’s work as one’s own
  • Using the ideas, words, or analytical structure of someone else without crediting the source
  • Using workbooks or other sources with answers provided
  • Paraphrasing any source without giving proper credit
  • Use of any material from Quizlet or Google Translator
  • Copying and pasting any other material from the Internet or other elec­tronic media without citation. This includes images, music, or other material.



The Center for Academic Integrity, The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity. (Duke University, 1999) 4.