Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Honour Council?
The Honour Council’s purpose is to promote honour and integrity within the St. George’s student community. The Honour Council is an entirely different entity in contrast with Student Government. The Honour Council is made up of elected members of the St. George’s student body and one faculty member. There are 3 Grade 12’s, 2 Grade 11’s, 1 Grade 10 and 1 Grade 9. The faculty advisor is Mr. Chris Vytasek.
Why should I care about the Honour Council?
The Honour Council gives a platform and voice to students who have violated the academic dishonesty policy. Each member has been elected by the student body and therefore becomes that grade’s representative. The role of the council members is to fully understand each case that is being presented in front of them.
What are the duties of the Honour Council?
The primary duty of the Honour Council is to promote honour through both proactive and reactive methods. The Honour Council is provocative by presenting and leading discussion on honour. It is also meant to be an educational body that informs and teaches students how to deal with the stresses of St. George’s life in a constructive manner. In reactive situations, the council listens to the accounts of accused students and make recommendations on how the student should be disciplined. The Honour Council does not to determine guilt; rather, it empathizes with the accused and assists students in understanding St. George’s academic integrity policies. By providing necessary and appropriate support for those who have made a poor decision, the Council’s intention is to allow them to reintegrate back into the classroom, rebuild relationships with teachers, and ultimately to discourage them from repeating their mistakes. We will be working closely with Heads of Grade, subject teachers, and counsellors to aid the student through his rehabilitation process.
When does the Honour Council meet and discuss cases?
The Honour Council meets every week to discuss ways to promote honour within the school. The Council will begin working with students who have violated the academic dishonesty policy in Term 2, discussing infractions and providing rehabilitation support as soon as possible.
How does the Honour Council inspire honour at St. George’s?
The Honour Council encourages a culture of peer support. The Honour Council is not just a disciplinary force; instead, it strives to support students during stressful times throughout the school year. These methods can include conversations with counsellors and peer tutoring sessions.
The basic procedure of an Honour case is that once a student’s infraction is brought to the council, the offender has the opportunity to explain his motives, reasoning, and circumstances. He may have a representative/ advocate such as a teacher or peer to support them through this process, and provide any insights that help explain the student’s actions.
Once the student and representative have shared their perspective, the Council discusses the most appropriate consequences and supports to ensure the student has a successful return to their class. The recommendation is shared with the Associate Principal, Mr. Brian Lee, who will make a final decision.Will my case or other cases be made public?
As part of the Honour Council, it is our obligation not to disclose any case-related details or information. Information is kept strictly within the Council in order for students to express their true feelings and thoughts without having to worry about confidentiality.Associated Terms:
- Academic Dishonesty: is the intentional violation of school policies, such as cheating, stealing, lying, plagiarism, falsification, or tampering with grades for the purpose of gaining an academic advantage.
- Hearings: an opportunity where the student who has committed academic dishonesty shares their motives and reasoning with the Honour Council.
- Honour Cases: Honour Cases are an incident in which a student deliberately violates the school's Academic Dishonesty code whether it be Cheating, Plagiarism etc. Cases get brought to the Honour Council through hearings.
- Cheating: is a form of Academic Dishonesty in which an individual undermines the integrity of an assessment (assignment, project, quiz, test, or exam).
- Plagiarism: is a form of Academic Dishonesty in which an individual submits or presents the work and/or idea of another person as his or her own, in essence lying. This includes the copying of images, sound, video, and other forms of intellectual property.
- Falsification: is a form of Academic Dishonesty whereby an individual has changed information in order to make one believe something that is not true.
- Tampering: is a form of Academic Dishonesty whereby an individual has interfered with information for the purpose of academic gain.
If any student has any other questions or suggestions, feel free to email or approach any of the Honour Council representatives.