Student Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

The complete Code of Conduct is available on the district website Board of Education Policies, Community Relations, Policy 1026”.

Student Conduct and Discipline

Bill of Rights and Responsibilities of Students

Rights
-Students of this district shall have the rights afforded to students under the provisions of the

       Federal and State constitutions and the laws of the State of New York.
-Students of this district shall have the right to a free education.
-Students of this district shall have the right to due process.
-Learn in an environment free of bullying, discrimination and harassment based on actual or
perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, sex or
any other legally protected status; Participate equally in all school activities regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual ori
entation, gender,
sex or any other legally protected status;

-Have complaints about school-related incidents investigated and responded to.


It shall be the responsibility of the students to:
-Be aware of and obey school rules and regulations.
-Accept responsibility for their own actions.
-Respect the rights of others, including the right to secure an education in an environment
that is orderly and disciplined.

-Attend school regularly and punctually.
-Take advantage of the academic opportunities offered at school.
-Support and participate in school activities.
-Maintain habits of personal cleanliness and hygiene.
-Respect school property and individual property during the school day and at all school
functions.

-Strive for mutually respectful relationships with teachers and administrators recognizing their role in matters of behavior and discipline.

-Contribute toward establishing and maintaining an atmosphere that generates mutual respect and dignity for all.

-Be informed regarding student rights and responsibilities and comply with all rules and regulations of this policy.

-Act and speak respectfully about issues/concerns.
-Use non
-sexist, non-racist and other non-biased language.
-Respect and treat others with tolerance and dignity regardless of actual or perceived race,
color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, sex or any other legally protected status.
-Use communication that is non
-confrontational and is not obscene or defamatory.
-Report acts of bullying, discrimination, harassment and other inappropriate actions that hurt

others.

The above bill of rights and responsibilities shall be publicized and explained to all students on

an annual basis. The manner and extent of the publication shall be determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee and it will be signed by both student and parent.

Student Conduct

Acceptable and appropriate conduct by students shall be consistent with the student responsibili- ties outlined in
this code of conduct.

Unacceptable and Inappropriate behavior

Any violation of law N.Y.S. penal law and N.Y.S. school law.

-Being under the influence of alcohol on school premises or at school functions; selling, con- suming or being
in possession of alcohol on school premises (including buildings or grounds) or on a bus going to or from a school function or at a school function as defined by Section II Definitions.

Being under the influence of, the use, possession, sale or gift of any drug or controlled sub- stance, including marijuana or any instruments for the use of such drugs, controlled sub- stance or marijuana such as pipe, syringe or other paraphernalia, synthetic marijuana or cannabinoids, including but not limited to items labeled as incense,
herbal mixtures or potpourri, while on school premises (including buildings or grounds) or on a bus going to or
from a school function as defined by Section II definitions. Excepted is any drug taken in accordance with a
current prescription signed by a physician that is to be taken by that particular student at the time in question.

-Stealing, lying, cheating, plagiarism or other acts of dishonesty.
-Emotional verbal or physical intimidation, bullying, threatening.
-Fighting or causing physical harm to another.
-Disrespect toward an administrator, faculty or other staff member.
-Possession or use of a weapon, which constitutes a firearm or destructive device, on school premises.
-School premises include school grounds, school building or a school bus and school function sites.
-Possession or use of knives or other weapons not included in Section II Definitions on school premises. School premises include school grounds, school buildings or a school bus.
-Failure to comply with directions of a teacher, administrator or other school employee. Engaging in acts of harassment of bullying as defined in Section II of the Code of Conduct, labeled
Definitions”.
-Using in either words, clothing, or signs, profane, lewd, vulgar, abusive language or words which may incite
or offend another person: including clothing that promotes the sale or use of alcohol, tobacco and/or controlled substances or constitute a health and safety hazard or a substantial disruption or material interference with the
mission, work or discipline of the school community.

-Selling, sharing, forwarding, using and/or possessing obscene material.
-Tardiness for school or class, missing or leaving school or class without authorized permission. Not following
assigned schedule.
-Smoking or possession of a cigarette, cigar or pipe, matches/lighter or using chewing or smokeless tobacco on
school premises(including buildings or grounds) or on a bus going to or from a school function or a
school
-sponsored function.
-Any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community. Unacceptable classroom behavior including being disrespectful to a teacher or staff member or inappropriate talking in class.
-Unsafe bus behavior including not staying seated, throwing objects, excessive loudness or other activities that
distract the driver of the bus.
-Public displays of affection.
-Gambling.
-Vandalism of school property or the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on district property and sites of school functions. Inappropriate use of computers and/or cyberbullying.


Disciplinary Responses to Student Misconduct

Strough Middle School holds high expectations for all studentsmoral character and values. The purpose of all discipline is to teach students appropriate and constructive behaviors that enable them to be successful in school and to get along productively within the greater society.

If a student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, Administrative discipline action will be advised. Progressive discipline actions will follow as per Policy 1026 of the Rome City School Districts Board Policy and Community Relations. Please note that students who have knowledge of and/or support the altercation or possible altercation (i.e. inciting a riot, instigating or video recording a conflict) may also be subject to disciplinary action. Bystanders to verbal or physical altercations may also be held accountable.

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