• Ethics in English

    (Thanks to Lovejoy High School and Mr. Patrick Whorton)


    This information is not to supersede the content in the Hamilton H.S. Handbook, but rather serves as an explanatory enhancement.


    This purpose of this guide is to heighten your awareness of the values that form the foundation of ethical behavior inside and outside of the classroom. This information will hopefully serve as a springboard to facilitate further discussion both inside, and outside the classroom.


    Honesty – accurately representing facts and situations to each other

    §         Operate out of the highest academic and professional motives

    §         Submit only work that is your own

    §         Do not provide work to other students unless instructed to do so

    §         Understand what constitutes plagiarism and correct handling of



    Tolerance – the ability to listen to and consider ideas different from your own

    §         Be receptive to the opinions of other students, even when you

               disagree – disagreement with you does not necessarily mean

               disrespect for you

    §         Be sensitive to diversity

    §         Support an atmosphere in the classroom in which individuals are

               comfortable stating ideas and opinions

    §         Be aware that what constitutes a mature topic, reading, and/or

               assignment is individually dependent and is designed to challenge

               not indoctrinate


    Respect – a regard for the quality, dignity, and uniqueness of other people

    §         Distinguish constructive disagreement and academic debate with

               other students and teachers from personal attack

    §         Recognize and value the different talents, background, and beliefs of

               individual students and teachers

    §         Do not seek to monopolize discussions nor aggressively inculcate

               others to your perspective.  Everyone has the right to be heard as

               well as challenged respectfully.


    Fairness – reaching a just decision

    §         Recognize that grades are earned, not given

    §         A successful student is…consistently prepared and engaged,

               resilient to setbacks, resourceful and knows how to learn on his/her

               own, with teacher instruction, from peers, and from outside sources,

               persistent, thrives in an academic atmosphere, responsible and

               organized in work habits, and believes responsibility for personal



    Engagement – active participation in the classroom community, of which we are all a part

    §         Engage in the learning opportunities offered with active participation

               and preparation

    §         Make a sincere effort to see yourself as part of an academic


    §         Avail yourself of opportunities to represent Hamilton High School to

               the broader community


    Responsibility – holding yourself and others to a high standard

    §         Recognize that you are expected to function on your own and thus be

               held individually accountable

    §         Keep informed of assignments, due dates, procedures and policies

               ignorance is not an excuse.  This information is posted, and regularly

               updated, on my Hamilton website.


    Consider it your duty to report instances of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty – someone who is cheating is not making the same effort as you and everyone else, and hiding your knowledge is dishonest and makes you complicit.