At the beginning of each academic year, the entire student body gathers to affirm shared values and to uphold the precepts of the Cushing Honor Code, which is overseen by the Student Honor Council. During the formal ceremony each student signs his/her name in the Honor Code book as a permanent record and commitment.
Cushing Academy Honor Code
As a member of Cushing Academy’s diverse student body, I recognize that trust and honesty form the foundation of our community. Therefore, I pledge to uphold the Honor Code in all aspects of my life: I will be truthful in my interactions and will demonstrate respect for others and their belongings, as well as those of the Academy. Furthermore, I will maintain high standards of academic honesty in accordance with Cushing’s policies and the expectations of my teachers and peers. If I observe or become aware that a member of the community has violated or intends to violate the Honor Code, I will act decisively to preserve the integrity of the Academy.
I seek an environment in which all individuals can live and learn together in ways that protect personal freedom and community standards. Therefore, as a student at Cushing Academy, I accept my responsibilities as outlined in the Honor Code and will do my utmost to uphold its precepts.
Virtute et Numine
Cushing Academy Student Honor Council
The Honor Council will uphold the integrity of Cushing Academy’s Honor Code by demonstrating respect for others, adhering to high standards of academic honesty, and acting decisively in the event that a member of the community has violated or intends to violate its precepts. In accordance with the Honor Code, “we seek an environment in which all individuals can live and learn together in ways that protect personal freedom and community standards.” When violations occur, the Honor Council is dedicated to ensuring accountability, providing encouragement, and restoring trust in the community.
The Student Honor Council is comprised of select members of the Cushing Academy Proctor Program. All student members of the Council receive ongoing training to effectively carry out the stated mission and responsibilities.
I. When violations occur, and at the discretion and request of a dean, members of the Honor Council will meet with students in advance of a disciplinary hearing or meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to assist students in understanding the disciplinary protocols and to encourage honesty and forthrightness throughout the proceedings.
II. Select members of the Honor Council will participate in disciplinary hearings and will vote on recommendations for consequences.
III. At the discretion and request of a dean, members of the Honor Council will meet with students after a disciplinary hearing or meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to offer guidance and encouragement to help students regain the community’s trust and refocus their efforts on positive academic and social pursuits.
IV. Throughout the year, members of the Honor Council are responsible for promoting the principles of the Honor Code, leading exemplary lives as members of the Cushing community, and encouraging their peers to uphold the virtues of trust, honesty, and respect.