Code of Conduct: Prohibited Student Conduct

  • VII. Prohibited Student Conduct

    The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment.  Teachers and administrators have developed a policy which focuses on the student to help change behavior when it conflicts with instruction.

    The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline.

    The board recognizes the need to make clear and specific its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to do that and focus on safety and respect for the rights and property of others. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules will be required to accept the penalties for their conduct.

    Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:

    1. Engage in conduct that is disorderly, for example:
      1. Running in hallways.
      2. Making unreasonable noise.
      3. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
      4. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
      5. Engaging in any willful act, which disrupts the normal operation of the school community, including but not limited to school transportation.
      6. Trespassing. Students will be considered trespassing if they are in a school building other than the one they regularly attend and have not followed the proper sign-in procedure.
      7. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate web sites or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
      8. Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate educational purpose such as pranks.
      9. Any act that threatens the safety or welfare of any person or staff member or otherwise disrupts the teaching-learning process.
    2. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate, for example:
      1. Failing or passively refusing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
      2. Tardiness/lateness for, missing school, or leaving school without permission.
      3. Skipping detention.
    3. Engage in conduct that is disruptive, for example:
      1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel that are monitoring students.
    4. Engage in conduct that is violent, for example:
      1. Committing or attempting an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a teacher, administrator, school employee, student or visitor.
      2. Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function.
      3. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
      4. Threatening to use any weapon.
      5. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property including graffiti or arson.
      6. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.
    5. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others, for example:
      1. Lying to school personnel including forgery.
      2. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.
      3. Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or depictions about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that, harms the reputation of the person or the identifiable group.
      4. Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability as a basis for treating others in a negative manner.
      5. Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements, including electronic transmissions and postings,  that are directed at an identifiable individual or group which is intended to be or which a reasonable person might perceive as ridiculing, demeaning or of a sexual nature.  The term harassment includes but is not limited to slurs, bullying activities, jokes, unwelcome sexual advances or derogatory words and phrases or actions that characterizes hateful behavior to any racial or ethnic group.
      6. Intimidation and/or bullying, which may include but is not limited to engaging in actions or statements, including electronic transmissions and postings, that put an individual in fear of bodily harm
      7. Stealing or damaging another person's things.
      8. Hazing, which includes any intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliating with or maintaining membership in any school-sponsored activity, organization, club or team.
      9. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
      10. Using vulgar, abusive or gang-like gestures or language, including but not limited to cursing or swearing.
      11. Possessing, smoking, or use of a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or smokeless tobacco.
      12. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. “Illegal substances” include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs.”
      13. Possessing, constructing, using or exchanging drug paraphernalia or objects used as drug paraphernalia, including lighters.
      14. Inappropriately selling, using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
      15. Gambling or possessing of gambling devices.
      16. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to seeing the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
      17. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.
      18. Selling, using or possessing weapons including but not limited to dangerous instruments or contrabands.
    6. Engage in any form of academic misconduct, for example:
      1. Plagiarism.
      2. Cheating including but not limited to using unauthorized help sheets, using illegally obtained tests, using picture phones to make test copies, substituting for someone required to take a test or participating in other forms of collusion.
      3. Copying.
      4. Altering records.
      5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions.
    7. Engage in misconduct while on a school bus or any vehicle used for school events or functions.
      1. It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver.
      2. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.
      3. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated.
      4. Failing or passively refusing to comply with the reasonable directions of bus drivers or monitors, or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
      5. Any violation of  VI. A-F above.