The primary mission of the Highland Park High School Honor Council is to provide students who have been judged by their teachers as having committed academic dishonesty an appropriate forum where they may be heard. It is the responsibility of the Honor Council to hear from both student and teacher whenever there is a disputed allegation of academic dishonesty and, after careful deliberation, provide to the accused student’s administrator their finding of innocence or guilt as well as any recommendations for resolution. Regardless of the outcome, the honor council’s guiding focus is to provide the accused student with a learning opportunity regarding the importance of academic integrity and ensure the student is fully aware of the damage that can and does occur in settings after high school should future dishonesty reoccur.
The secondary mission of the Honor Council is to educate all students about academic integrity and encourage peer accountability for academic integrity throughout the school.
The Honor Council is composed of nine student members: four seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. Every Spring, one junior, one sophomore, and two freshmen are added to the Council.