Honor Code

I WILL NOT LIE. I WILL NOT CHEAT. I WILL NOT STEAL.
I WILL REPORT THE STUDENT WHO DOES.

Episcopal's Honor Code is one of the oldest among secondary schools in the United States, and a cherished tradition at EHS.

The entire EHS community observes the Honor Code, and, for generations, Episcopal students have learned to listen to an inner compass that leads them in the right direction.

The School’s deep and lasting commitment to the Honor Code creates an atmosphere of trust and respect that frees students to pursue their intellectual, spiritual, and creative journeys without distractions.

Through the Honor Code, which students see in all facets of School life, Episcopal guides students to become discerning, self-reliant, creative, compassionate individuals. We believe that the sense of unity fostered by the Honor Code is a key component in the success of our alumni, who contribute to society in every role and at all levels, from small business owners and community leaders to Rhodes Scholars and Pulitzer Prize winners.

The Honor Committee, which is composed of seven elected students and four appointed faculty members, promotes understanding of the Code and manages individual violations.

I think there’s a real comfort for students to see ideas they know to be important articulated so clearly in an Honor Code like ours, and to know that these four points are not commands, but simply reminders to be the morally strong individuals they’ve been brought up to be. The group of seven peers that these same students elect each year serves as further evidence of that communal desire to have in place, visibly and publicly, a body that stands for something.

Tim Rogers '79, Faculty Advisor to the Honor Committee