Code of Student Conduct

students' rights and responsibilities

IV. Students' Rights and Responsibilities
    A. Basic Student Rights
        1. Each student under the age of 21 has the right to an education regardless of race, color, gender, religion, ethnic origin,
        economic status, sexual orientation or disability and also the responsibility not to interfere with or threaten the education of
        2. Bethlehem Central students are expected to abide by the policies and regulations of the school district.
        3. Bethlehem Central students have the right to access rules, receive an explanation of those rules and seek changes in
        district policies and regulations in an orderly fashion through discussions with the administrative staff.
        4. All policy decisions and amendments are made by the Board of Education.
        5. Bethlehem Central students will be afforded a due process hearing where they will have the right to present their version of
        relevant events to school personnel and to question and review any witnesses or evidence brought against them by the school
        administration before imposition of penalty.
        6. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents and students who are over 18 years of age have the
        right to inspect and review the student's educational records and have the right to request the amendment of the student's
        education records believed to be inaccurate or misleading. They also have the right to consent to disclosure of personally
        identifiable information in a student's education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
        consent. More information regarding FERPA rights and procedures is described on the District Web Site, in the Board of
        Education Policy 5500 and in back-to-school mailings. Note: The Board of Education policy books may be reviewed at the
        District Offices of the Bethlehem Central School District, the Bethlehem Town Library, and online at
        7. As a general rule, information received by teachers and other school officials is not privileged (except for provisions of the
        Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), and may be revealed by the recipient of such knowledge whenever he or
        she feels that it is appropriate to do so. However, some communications made in connection with drug or alcohol abuse
        prevention programs may be kept confidential. A student who is concerned about the confidentiality of communications
        he/she makes to staff members should ask the staff member in advance whether the information could be kept confidential.

    B. Basic Student Responsibilities: all district students have the responsibility to:
        1. Abide by the policies and regulations of the school district.
        2. Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning.
        3. Show respect to other persons and to property.
        4. Refrain from interfering with or threatening the education or rights of others.
        5. Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time and prepared to learn.
        6. Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward their highest level of
        achievement possible.
        7. React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
        8. Ask questions when they do not understand.
        9. Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline.
        10. Dress appropriately for school and school functions, as defined in the Student Dress Code. (See Section IX of this Code)
        11. Accept responsibility for their actions.
        12. Conduct themselves appropriately as representatives of the district when participating in or attending school functions.

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