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Code of Student Conduct

prohibited student conduct

V. Prohibited Student Conduct
    A. Introduction:
        1. 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.
        2. 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 student’s ability to grow in self-discipline.
        3. 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 that follow are intended to do that and focus on safety and
        respect for the rights and property of others. Students who do not accept responsibility for their own behavior and
        who violate these school rules will be required to accept the penalties for their conduct.
    B. Students may be subject to disciplinary action when they:
        1. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:
            a. Running in hallways.
            b. Making unreasonable noise.
            c. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
            d. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
            e. Engaging in any willful act that disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
            f. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school office or school building, other than the one they regularly
            attend, without permission from the faculty member in charge.
            g. Entering a building/facility after regular hours or using any facility for anything other than its intended purpose.
            h. Misusing computer/electronic communications, including any unauthorized use of computers, software or
            Internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate Web sites; or any other violation of the school district's
            Computer and Internet Acceptable Use P (see Policy (See Policy #4526.2).
            i. Engaging in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include but are not limited to:
                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) Arriving late for, missing or leaving school without permission.
                3) Skipping detention.
            j. Engage in conduct that is disruptive to student learning or teacher instruction.
            k. Engage in conduct that is violent or threatening. Examples of violent or threatening conduct include but are not
            limited to:
                1) Committing or threatening an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, spitting, and scratching)
                against a teacher, administrator, other school employee or against another student or any other person on school
                property or at a school function, or attempting to do so.
                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, or any object as a weapon.
                5) Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district
                employee or any person.
                6) Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.
    C. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct
    include but are not limited to:
        1. Lying to school district personnel.
        2. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person on school property or while attending
        a school function.
        3. Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or
        identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them.
        4. Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, gender, religion, ethnic origin, economic status, sexual
        orientation or disability as a basis for treating another in a negative manner.
        5. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
        6. Cyberbullying or cyberthreats (see Policy #5810), and other inappropriate acts using technology.
        7. Hazing, this 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.
        8. Physically detaining or restraining any other person.
        9. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
        10. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.
        11. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or using chewing 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. Inappropriately possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
        14. Gambling.
        15. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
        16. Initiating a report warning of fire, bomb threat or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911 or
        discharging a fire extinguisher.
    D. Harassment
        1. General Harassment: severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an
        identifiable individual or group that is intended to be, or that a reasonable person would perceive, as ridiculing or
        demeaning.
        2. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
        3. Cyberbullying or cyberthreats(see #5810), and other inappropriate acts using technology.
        4. Hazing (see #0115), 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.
        5. Sexual Harassment:
            a. Sexual Harassment: a severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an
            identifiable individual or group that is intended to be or that a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or
            demeaning based on gender and sexual orientation.
            b. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
            The Board of Education affirms its commitment to non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide all
            district students an environment that is free of sexual harassment and intimidation. Sexual harassment is a violation of
            law and stands in direct opposition to the district’s philosophy and policies.
            Therefore, the Board prohibits all forms of sexual harassment by employees and students. Board of Education Policies
            #0100 and #0110 indicate the procedures for resolving sexual harassment complaints by students.
        6. Racial Harassment
            a. Racial Harassment: a severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an
            identifiable individual or group that is intended to be or that a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or
            demeaning based on race and/or ethnicity.
            b. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
            The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to provide all district students with an environment free of racial
            harassment and intimidation. Racial harassment is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and stands in
            direct opposition to the district's philosophy and policy.
            c. Therefore, the Board prohibits all forms of racial harassment by employees and students. Board of Education
            Policy indicates the procedures for resolving racial harassment complaints by students.

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