Prohibited Conduct

The Board of Education expects 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.

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 its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function specific and clear. 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 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:

Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include:

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 that disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
6. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building.
7. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.

Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include:

1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
2. Lateness for, missing or leaving school without permission.
3. Skipping detention.

Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct include:

1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personal in charge of students.
2. Being late for school or class.
3. Being unprepared for class.

Engage in conduct that is violent. Examples of violent conduct include:

1. Committing an act of violence (ex. hitting) upon a teacher, administrator or other school employee.
2. Committing an act of violence (ex. hitting) upon a student or any other person lawfully on school property.
3. 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. “Weapon” means gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, metal knuckle knife, box cutters, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other dangerous instrument that can cause injury or death.
4. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
5. Threatening to use a weapon
6. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property. This includes graffiti or arson.
7. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.

Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct include:

1. Lying to school personnel.
2. Bullying or harassment as defined in the district bullying and harassment policies.
3. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel, or any other person lawfully on school property or at a school function.
4. Acts of sexual harassment as defined in the district sexual harassment policy.
5. 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.
6. Selling, using, or possessing obscene material.
7. Possessing or smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or using smokeless tobacco.
8. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing, or exchanging alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, or drug paraphernalia or being under the influence of. “Illegal substances” include inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids or any other “designer drugs”.
9. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription or over the-counter drugs.
10. Using any internet or other communication device to intimidate, bully, harass, or embarrass other students or staff members (cyber-bullying).

Engage in misconduct while on a school bus. 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. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving, and fighting will not be tolerated. Students waiting for buses not on school property are expected to conduct themselves in accordingly with the district code of conduct.

Engage in any form of academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct include:
1. Plagiarism.
2. Cheating.