Honor / Dress Code


I.       Honor Code


The administration and faculty of Port Richmond High School are dedicated to teaching academic skills and fostering integrity among students.  In addition to meeting and exceeding their academic potential, all students need to recognize, understand, and exhibit ethical behavior.


In order to meet this goal, Port Richmond High School has developed an honor code to help students identify unethical behavior and to help guide them toward behavior which is morally and ethically sound.  As written in the New York City Department of Education Discipline Code, engaging in scholastic dishonesty is a very serious offense.  It includes, but is not limited to:


a.       Cheating (e.g., copying from another’s test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by the person giving the test; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test; bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers to the test in advance of the test).


b.      Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one’s own for credit without the required citation and attribution).  Plagiarism includes copying and pasting, in whole or in part, information from books or internet websites and presenting it as the student’s own.  Changing a few words or sentences does not allow a student to claim the work as their own.  Any information or fact that is new to a student’s knowledge must be acknowledged.


c.       Colluding (engaging in fraudulent collaboration with another person in preparing written work for credit).


d.      Forgery (the intent to mislead others by falsifying a signature in an academic matter or altering or falsifying academic documents).


There is an understanding that individual circumstances may impact the Principal’s decision regarding appropriate consequences to be used.


II.    Penalties for Violation


As written in the New York City Department of Education Discipline Code, engaging in scholastic dishonesty is punishable by a range of possible disciplinary actions:

                  a.   Admonishment by school staff

      b.      Student/teacher conference
c.       Reprimand by appropriate supervisor (e.g., assistant principal, principal)

      d.      Parent conference

      e.       In-school disciplinary actions (e.g., detention, exclusion from extracurricular activities, recess or communal lunchtime)

      f.       Removal from classroom by teacher (After a student is removed from any classroom by any teacher three times during a semester or twice in a trimester, a principal’s suspension must be sought if the student engages in subsequent behavior that would otherwise result in a removal by a teacher.)
g.   Principal’s suspension

      h.      Regional Superintendent’s suspension that results in reinstatement

      i.        Regional Superintendent’s suspension that results in continued suspension for a fixed period of 6-29 school days

      j.        Regional Superintendent’s suspension that results in continued suspension for a fixed period of 30-90 school days

      k.      Regional Superintendent’s suspension that results in extended suspension for one year with

the opportunity to petition for early reinstatement after 90 school days

      l.    Possible loss of title (including, but not limited to:  Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Student Government elected office, School Leadership Team elected office) and all privileges associated with title.


While the school reserves the option of exercising any of the above penalties, the following will be in effect:


First Offense:


¬  Teacher assigns a grade of zero for the work (test, quiz, homework, etc.).

¬  Administration is informed.

¬  Student calls home, in the presence of a school official, to inform the parent of the scholastic dishonesty.

¬  A record of the scholastic dishonesty is recorded in the student’s disciplinary file in the Deans’ office.

¬  Possible impact on teacher recommendations and college application process.

¬  One night of P.M. detention that includes a guidance conference with the parent


Second Offense:


¬  Suspension from after school activity or sport.

¬  Removal from special academic programs including, but not limited to ARISTA, Advanced Placement, Collegiate Academy, and Gateway honors programs.

¬  Principal’s suspension


Since school is a place of business and learning, students are expected to dress appropriately, modestly and in good taste.  It is the obligation of all students to maintain their personal appearance in a manner that reflects well on themselves and on the school.  As spring and the warmer weather approaches please remind your child about the school dress code.

 Proper school attire should not be revealing, lewd or so extreme as to create a disturbance to the educational environment.  Any type of clothing that does is not acceptable.  Please note the following guidelines:

  • Students shall be responsible for maintaining pants and skirts in an appropriate manner as observed in a professional business environment.  All pants and skirts should be secured at waist level and may not fall below the waist to such a degree that a student’s posterior or underwear is shown in any manner
  • Head coverings, except for religious purposes, for both males and females, are not permitted.   
  • Halter-tops, tank tops and tube tops are not permitted unless worn with a covering shirt or jacket.  Tops must extend to the waist and meet the waistband of pants, skirts or shorts.  Shoulders and backs should not be bare. 
  • Shorts and skirts must extend to the length of one’s fingertips when standing straight up. Mini-skirts or short-shorts may not be worn. 
  • Slogans or pictures that are obscene or deemed inappropriate by school officials cannot appear on clothing. 
  • Students who arrive to school dressed inappropriately will have their parents contacted, will not be permitted to attend classes, and will be required to change into more appropriate attire. 
  • Students who repeatedly disregard the dress code will face more severe disciplinary action as afforded by the NYC Department of Education Discipline Code.