When honorable behavior is more about attitude and spirit than rules and regulations, good things happen. When decent, self-respecting behavior is guided by personal integrity and a genuine concern for others—whether encouraged by the Lower School’s Code of Conduct or the Middle and Upper School’s Honor Code—everybody wins.
When students conduct themselves in a moral and decent manner, they not only benefit themselves but serve as valuable contributors to their school and the larger world. This belief is underscored by our requirement that all students, from the youngest to the college-bound, give back to the community each year through community and civic engagement.
When students take responsibility for themselves as well as for their peers, the community as a whole is strengthened, a belief underscored by our Honor Board.
Just as each student is responsible for upholding the community’s standards, a committee of students and faculty is responsible for ensuring that every student is familiar with and governed by our Honor Code.
Authored by Pingry students, 1926 Adopted by Pingry faculty, 1949 Revised, 1988
Pingry believes that students should understand and live by standards of honorable behavior, which are essentially a matter of attitude and spirit rather than a system of rules and regulations. Decent, self-respecting behavior must be based on personal integrity and genuine concern for others and on the ethical principles which are the basis of civilized society.
The members of the Pingry community should conduct themselves in a trustworthy manner that will further the best interests of the school, their class, and any teams or clubs to which they belong. They should act as responsible members of the community, working for the common good rather than solely for personal advantage. They should honor the rights of others, conducting themselves at all times in a moral and decent manner while at Pingry and throughout their lives as citizens of and contributors to the larger community of the world.
The Honor System, which governs the Honor Code, was established in 1926 on the initiative of the Senior Class Council and was approved by the Student Council and accepted and signed by all members of the School. It is one of the most respected traditions of The Pingry School. Under its provisions, all students will uphold their honor by never cheating on any quiz, test, or examination, and by not copying from any book or other student’s paper when doing homework. The Honor Code also applies to research done on the Internet. The purpose is to stimulate the moral growth of the student and to cultivate an atmosphere of trust and confidence between the faculty and student.