Code of Conduct

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT GUIDELINES

While it is impossible to detail every type of misbehavior, the following  Student Code of Conduct applies to all students and will be in effect on school grounds, while riding school transportation, during all curricular and/or extracurricular activities in any location, and at all times during school-related trips.

These rules and regulations do not restrict the school personnel from using judgment in interpreting and implementing consequences based on circumstances.  The administration reserves the right to assign and establish procedures in areas where precedent has not been set.  There are instances or times under which any of the violations indicated, when considered in the context of the circumstances surrounding their occurrence and/or the student=s past behavior record, can lead to a recommendation for a higher level consequence, return to home school, suspension or expulsion.

Failure to report and/or to follow the established rules of an assigned consequence will result in being assigned the next level of discipline.

Any student suspended or expelled from his/her home school will be automatically suspended or expelled from the Delaware Area Career Center.

Upon expulsion of a minor student, the superintendent may notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the student=s driver=s license will be suspended until the student returns to school and/or reaches 18 years of age.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
1. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

 
A student shall not possess, use, sell, offer to sell, conceal, transmit, attempt to transmit or show evidence of use of any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug, or illegally used substances including, but not limited to, steroids, counterfeit, or look-alike drugs, controlled substances as defined by the Ohio Revised Code, or that otherwise violate the school’s drug and alcohol abuse policy. A student may not possess, use, transmit, sell or conceal drug paraphernalia. Violation of this rule may result in search, suspension, removal, or expulsion from school and possible prosecution by law. This policy applies to all school premises, school transportation, personal vehicles on school property and at any school-related activity not held on school property.

2. CHEATING/ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Presenting someone else’s work as one’s own in order to obtain a grade or credit is considered cheating. This includes, but is not limited to, copying others assignments quiz or test answers, and plagiarism. Students who violate this policy will receive zero credit for assignment or work involved.

3. CLASSROOM/LAB RULES
A student shall obey all specific written classroom/lab policies established by the teacher.

4. WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES AND THE USE OF TECHNOLOGYA student shall not use wireless communications or entertainment devices during instructional time, excluding instances under the direction of the teacher or individualized educational plan. Wireless devices include, but are not limited to, MP3 players, laptops, flash drives, media storage devices, laser pointers, and cell phones. Students may not use wireless communication on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet websites that are otherwise blocked to students at school.

Students are prohibited from using wireless communication in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated. Students are prohibited from using wireless communication to capture, record or transmit the words (i.e. video) and/or images (i.e. pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person in the school or while attending a school-related activity, without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording or transmission of such words or images. Students are also prohibited from using wireless communication to capture and/or transmit test information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from using wireless communication to receive such information.

Cameras cannot be used in locker rooms, bathrooms or for inappropriate use that violates the privacy of others. If at any time, possession of wireless devices creates a distraction, disruption or safety hazard on school property (to include school transportation), such devices will be confiscated and student may be disciplined. Confiscated devices may be subject to search. Wireless communication and entertainment devices can be held for an indefinite period of time if they are part of an on-going investigation by administration. School administration my review wireless communication and entertainment devices. School officials will not be responsible for the security of confiscated wireless devices. Student shall not misuse school technology. (Board of Education Policy: EDE )

5. TRUANCY
A student shall not be absent from class without proper authorization. No credit will be given for missed work.

6. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY; VANDALISM
A student shall not knowingly or with reckless disregard cause or attempt to cause damage to or deface school or other’s property. In accordance with state law, parents may be liable for payment for the cost to repair or replace such property damage caused by the acts of their child.

7. DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL
A student shall not knowingly or with reckless disregard act or urge other students or persons to act in such a way as to cause by use of violence, force, noise, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance or any other conduct, the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the educational process of the school district including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.

8. RECKLESS OR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF VEHICLE
A student shall not drive or park on school premises in violation of Delaware Area Career Center school policy or when his or her privileges to drive or park on school premises have been revoked.

9. FIGHTING/INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING/THREATENING BEHAVIOR
The act of physically touching, hitting, or making physical threats to a student or employee of the school system or any person while on school property or while attending an event under the jurisdiction of the school.

Level 1:  Pushing, shoving, in the grasp
Level 2:  Students have physical altercation, but end altercation on their own
Level 3:  Physical altercation had to be ended by school personnel/bystanders or an act of assault involved

10. HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION OR OTHER DISCRIMINATING AND/OR RACIST ACTS
No student may harass any other student or school employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age, and ancestry of person. This applies to harassment in any form (i.e. physical, written, verbal, or cyber) as defined in Board Policy. Any form of discrimination including symbols that either promote one group or are designed to offend or discredit any group or individual and cause a repeated disruption between individuals or groups is prohibited from school property. Inflammatory clothing, cars, banners, signs, or symbols of any kind are prohibited on school property or at school – sponsored functions.

11. DISRESPECT
A student shall not disregard or refuse to obey reasonable requests or directions given to the student by any school personnel. Repeated violations of any minor rule, directive or discipline shall constitute insubordination.

12. INSUBORDINATION
A student shall not disregard or refuse to obey reasonable requests or directions given to the student by school personnel.

13. LEAVING SCHOOL PREMISES
A student shall not leave the school premises once arrived in the morning or before the hour of dismissal except where individual school policy otherwise provides or without first obtaining consent of the principal or designee. Leaving school without permission may also result in a loss of driving privileges.

14. FALSELY REPORTING INCIDENTS OR FALSIFYING RECORDS
A student shall not, orally or in writing, use or sign the name of another person or falsify times, dates, grades, addresses, or other data on school records, in correspondence, or in other written material directed to the school or school personnel. A student shall not give or assist in giving false information to any police or fire department or any school personnel or other person acting in an official and lawful capacity.

15. MEDICATIONS; PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE COUNTER/NON-PRESCRIPTION
Students are not, under any circumstances, to provide or attempt to transmit any medications to other students. This includes, but is not limited to, prescription medicine, aspirin, cough drops, or antacids or look-alikes.

16. PROFANE, VULGAR, OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE OR GESTURES
A student shall not use profane, vulgar, abusive, obscene, or other words or gestures which, under the circumstances, are offensive to the sensibilities of ordinary people in the school district community or which disrupt normal school activities. This may include, but is not limited to, use of technology or other communications, possession or transmission of obscene or pornographic pictures and gestures.

17. PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection are not permitted on the school premises.  This includes inappropriate kissing, groping, sitting on laps, or other inappropriate actions.

18. UNWELCOME SEXUAL CONDUCT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT/DATING VIOLENCE
Unwelcome sexual advances and/or sexual harassment, may include requests for sexual favors, other physical or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature, including gender-based harassment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive education or work environment, for example, but not limited to pinching, grabbing, slapping, groping, grinding, touching, rubbing against, and/or suggestive comments, gestures or jokes or pressure to engage in sexual activity. Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either gender against a person of the same or opposite gender.

Dating violence is defined as a pattern of behavior where a person uses or threatens physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to control the person’s dating partner. A dating partner is any person, regardless of gender, involved in an intimate relationship with another person, primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious, or long-term. Dating violence is unacceptable and will be prohibited. Procedures for the reporting and consideration of such events are located within Board Policy and on pages 7, 8, and 9 under Grievance Procedures Preamble.

19. TARDY TO CLASS
A student shall arrive to class on time. If a student arrives late to class, he/she must have proper authorization. Discipline will be assigned when a student reaches three or more tardies to class in a 9-week period.

20. UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF SCHOOL OR ANOTHER’S PROPERTY
A student shall not take, or attempt to take, or receive into his or her possession property of the school district or property of another student, teacher, staff member, or visitor. Restitution will be required. Students should at all times use caution in care of their personal property. The Delaware Area Career Center is not responsible for any loss of personal property.

21. TOBACCO
Use or possession of tobacco, look-alike tobacco products, to include tobacco-free snuff, paraphernalia associated with tobacco products (e.g. lighter, matches) in any form by students is not permitted. This policy applies to all school premises, school transportation, personal vehicles, and any school-related activity not held on school property.

22. UNAUTHORIZED AREA
A student shall not be in an unauthorized or unsupervised area without staff member permission.

23. VIOLATIONS OF LAW
A student shall not violate any law or ordinance or conspire to commit a criminal act when student is properly under the authority of school personnel. This includes but is not limited to false alarms or bomb threats, gambling, and bringing, transmitting or possessing pornographic materials and sale/purchase of weapons.

This will be dealt with on an individual basis with the involvement of school personnel, parents, administration, and law enforcement.

24. UNSAFE/DANGEROUS ACTS
A student shall follow all safety rules and procedures while under jurisdiction of the school. This includes any act that may result in injury to self/others.

25. DANGEROUS WEAPONS AND INSTRUMENTS
A student shall not possess or attempt to possess, transport, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, firearm, knife, explosive, or dangerous instrument or look-alike, or any item used as a weapon. Look-alike weapons or instruments may include but are not limited to any object that a reasonable person might consider under the circumstances to be a dangerous weapon, firearm, and knife, explosive or dangerous instrument.
Career Technical Programs require students to use industry tools to complete essential career skills. Students may be required to use items such as knives to complete required technical skills. Any sharp or potentially dangerous tool that a teacher deems necessary in lab will be permitted in lab only.

Any knife or other potentially dangerous tool which is removed from the designated Lab area and taken to other areas of the school and/or school grounds may be considered a weapon. (If working on a required assigned project outside of lab and in another area of the building, prior permission for use of such tools must be given by the teacher) If any tool is used for other than its specific purpose, it may also be considered a weapon and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

26. Hazing, Bullying – Including Cyber Bullying 
Bullying activities - such as intentional written communications (including those activities engaged in via computer and/or electronic communications), verbal, or physical acts toward another particular student that causes mental or physical harm to another student and that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for another student are prohibited at all times. No student, including leaders of student organizations, may plan, encourage or engage in any hazing and/or bullying.

27. Gambling
A student shall not engage in any form of gambling. 

28. Repeated Violations
A student who has several violations of school rules may be suspended and/or referred for possible expulsion from school.
 

SUSPENSION APPEAL
Should a student or a student’s parent(s) choose to appeal the suspension to the Board/designee, he/she must do so within ten (10) calendar days of the notice of suspension. The appeal shall be in writing and made to the Superintendent.

SUSPENSION ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM (SAP)
The Suspension Alternative Program (SAP) is offered through the Delaware County Juvenile Court. SAP may be assigned as a disciplinary measure in place of out-of school suspension. This program gives the student an opportunity to perform community service and academic work. Successful completion of each day in the program gives the student the right to make-up missed school work while suspended and receive credit for both attendance and course work for the days out of school.