Are honesty, truthfulness, and respect for others central in our School community?
Are you honest with yourself as well as with others?
Do we stand firm when an ethical principle is challenged?
“Personal integrity and academic honesty are fundamental principles that must be upheld by all members of the Sidwell Friends community in order to create an atmosphere in which trust, scholarship and friendship may flourish.”The Honor Code, Sidwell Friends Upper School
“Speaking the truth is so central to Quaker belief that Quakers have always refused to take oaths. Since they are expected to tell the truth at all times, they reject the idea that there are two standards of truth—one for everyday concerns and one for the courtroom. The prick of conscience that comes with the violation of truth is a reminder that integrity is the first principle of life, . . . Truth-telling simplifies life – Lying burdens and complicates life.”Robert Lawrence Smith, A Quaker Book of Wisdom
“This above all: To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” —Elizabeth Cady Stanton