South-Western City School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

5500.01 - STUDENT CONDUCT

The Board of Education has established the following Student Conduct Code, the violation of which may result in a student being considered for removal, suspension or expulsion from school or school-related activities. The Code of Conduct is in effect for student misconduct that occurs off school property when such misconduct is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on school property and student misconduct, regardless of where it occurs, that is directed at a District school official or employee, or the property of such official or employee.

Student lockers are the property of the District, and since random searches have a positive impact on reducing drugs and other criminal activity, it is the policy of the Board to permit the building principal or designee to search any locker and its contents at any time. Random searches may take place at any time without regard to whether there is a reasonable suspicion that any locker or its contents contains evidence of a violation of a criminal statute or a school rule.

In order to protect Board property, promote security and protect the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and visitors, the Board of Education authorizes the use of video surveillance and electronic monitoring equipment on school property, and in school buildings and school buses. Information obtained through video surveillance/electronic monitoring may be used to identify intruders and persons breaking the law, Board policy, or the Student Code of Conduct (i.e., it may be used as evidence in disciplinary actions and criminal proceedings).

 

A.

Disruption of School

 
 

A student shall not by use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or any other conduct cause disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process or function of the school. Neither shall the student engage in such conduct for the purpose of causing the disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process or function of the school if such a disruption or obstruction is reasonably certain to result. Neither shall the student urge other students to engage in such conduct for the purpose of causing the disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process or function of the school if a disruption or obstruction is reasonably certain to result from the student's urging.

 
 

While this list is not intended to be exhaustive, the following acts illustrate the kinds and types of offenses encompassed here:

 
 

1.

Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof so as to deprive others of its use.

 
 

2.

Blocking the entrance or exit of any school building or corridor or room therein so as to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of, the building or corridor or room.

 
 

3.

Setting fire to or damage any school building or property.

 
 

4.

Causing to discharge, displaying, or threatening use of firearms, explosives or other weapons on the school premises.

 
 

5.

Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school, class, or activity or of any lawful meeting or assembly on the school grounds.

 
 

6.

Interfering with students from attending a class or school activity.

 
 

7.

Except under the direct instructions from the principal (or a person to whom the principal has delegated authority) blocking normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school grounds.

 
 

8.

Continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in a manner so as to interfere seriously with the teacher's ability to conduct the class.

 
 

9.

The use of obscene languages and vulgar gestures.

 
 

10.

Threat of harm to another person or property belonging to another person.

 
 

11.

Using cell phones, electronic communication devices or other electronic devices that disrupt the process or functions of the school or school activities. Using electronic devices to record other students or staff without consent of school personnel, is prohibited. Any student videotaping, recording, or posting any District event may be subject to discipline.

 
 

B.

Damage, Destruction, or Theft of School District Owned Property

 
 

A student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause damage to school property or steal or attempt to steal school property.

 
 

C.

Damage, Destruction or Theft of Private Property

 
 

A student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause damage to private property or steal or attempt to steal private property on the school grounds or at school events off the school grounds.

 
 

D.

Assault

 
 

A student shall not intentionally cause physical injury or behave in such a way which could threaten to cause physical injury to any person (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; (c) in any location or vehicle owned, leased or used by the School District.

 
 

E.

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

 
 

A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any weapon, concealed weapon, or other object which might be reasonably considered a dangerous weapon capable of inflicting serious bodily harm while (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; (c) in any location or vehicle owned, leased or used by the School District. In addition, a student shall not possess, transmit, or use any "look-alike" weapon under this policy.

 
 

F.

Drugs and Alcohol

 
 

A student shall not possess, use, transmit or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, inhalant, illegal drug or substance, controlled substance, counterfeit controlled substance, paraphernalia capable of being used to use drugs or any other drug of abuse (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; (c) in any location or vehicle owned, leased or used by the School District.

 
 

Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician for the student shall not be considered a violation of this rule, so long as the Districtís guidelines for possession and use of medications at school have been followed.

 
 

Counterfeit drugs are defined in R.C. 2925.01 as follows:

 
 

1.

any drug that bears or whose container or label bears a trademark, trade name or other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner of rights to such trademark, trade name or identifying mark;

 
 

2.

any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is represented to be a controlled substance manufactured, processed, packed or distributed by a person other than the person that manufactured, processed, packed or distributed it;

 
 

3.

any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance but is not a controlled substance or is a different controlled substance;

 
 

4.

any substance other than a controlled substance that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size and color or its markings, labeling, packaging, distribution or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

 
 

5.

Any violation of this rule may result in discipline as severe as any other drug offense.

 
 

G.

Tobacco

 
 

A student shall not use or possess tobacco or tobacco products on school property. "Use of tobacco" includes chewing or maintaining any substance containing tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, in the mouth to derive the effects of tobacco, as well as all using or possessing tobacco or tobacco substitutes, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, or any other matter or substances that contain tobacco, in addition to papers used to roll cigarettes and/or the smoking of electronic, "vapor", or other substitute forms of cigarettes, clove cigarettes or other lighted smoking devices for burning tobacco or any other substances.

 
 

H.

Repeated School Violations/Insubordination

 
 

A student shall not repeatedly fail to comply with the directions of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacherís aides, principals, assistant principals or other authorized School District personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel. This includes, but is not limited to:

 
 

1.

the failure to attend school as outlined in the District attendance policy;

 
 

2.

continuously and intentionally making noise or acting in a manner so as to interfere seriously with the teacherís ability to conduct the class; and

 
 

3.

the use of obscene language and vulgar gestures.

 
 

I.

Electronic Devices

 
 

Using cellular telephones, electronic communication devices or other electronic devices that disrupt the process or functions of the school or school activities is prohibited. Using electronic devices to record other students or staff, without consent of school personnel, or in places where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy (such as a restroom or locker room) is strictly prohibited. Any students videotaping, recording, or posting any SWCS event may be subject to discipline.

 
 

A student may possess a cellular telephone or other electronic communication devices in school, on school property, at after school activities and at school-related functions. Use of cellular telephones and other electronic communication devices during school hours is prohibited unless authorized by a school administrator.

 
 

A student may possess a cellular telephone on a school bus. Student cell phone use is prohibited on school buses unless authorized by the driver, an administrator, or staff member. A student may possess and use other electronic devices on a school bus unless the device causes a disruption or interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle. When directed by the driver, an administrator, or staff member, other electronic devices shall be turned off and stored out of sight. Possession of a cellular telephone or other electronic communication device by a student in school or on a school bus is a privilege which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.

 
 

The student who possesses a cellular telephone or electronic communication device shall assume responsibility for its care. At no time shall the District be responsible for preventing theft, loss, or damage to cell phones or electronic communication devices brought onto its property or a school bus.

 
 

J.

Motor Vehicles

 
 

A student shall not violate the following rules regarding the use of motor vehicles (a) on the school grounds at any time; (b) off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event; (c) on any grounds owned or leased or borrowed by the School District. While this list is not intended to be exhaustive, the following acts illustrate the kinds and types of offenses encompassed here:

 
 

1.

Reckless Operation:

 
 

Speeding, skidding tires, weaving in and out of parked cars, etc.

 
 

2.

Parking:

 
 

A student shall not park a motor vehicle in any area other than designated student parking areas nor in such a manner as to block other vehicles.

 
 

3.

Students shall not loiter in parking areas or in motor vehicles.

 
 

4.

A student shall not drive a motor vehicle to school or park on school property unless that vehicle is registered with the school.

 
 

When illegal or dangerous items are suspected to be in a studentís automobile on school property, the vehicle may be searched by school officials. The obstruction of any such search by a student may be considered insubordination.

 
 

K.

Inappropriate Dress

 
 

A student shall not dress or appear in a manner deemed inappropriate because, (a) it either endangers or interferes with the student's health and/or welfare or that of other students; (b) causes disruption or directly interferes with the educational process; and/or (c) displays gang, drug and alcohol related symbols or language.

 
 

L.

Extortion

 
 

A student shall not attempt to obtain money, anything of value or special favors from a person in the school; unless both parties enter into the agreement freely and without the presence of either an implied or expressed threat.

 
 

M.

Leaving School Premises

 
 

A student shall not leave the school premises during the school day unless the school schedule permits him/her to do so or unless s/he has permission from the school administration.

 
 

N.

Clubs, Organizations, Athletic Teams

 
 

A student shall abide by the rules and regulations as established by constitutions or faculty members and approved by the principal.

 
 

O.

Violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy

 
 

A student shall abide by the Boardís Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity Policy. Prohibited discrimination or harassment includes, by way of example, slurs, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual, harassing, or discriminatory nature; unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, solicitation of sexual activity or reference to sexual themes in a manner which the offender knows or should know is offensive to the listener or observer, or other discriminatory or harassing verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct based on the recipientís race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteranís status, religion, disability, age, gender (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), genetic information, or military status. Information regarding procedures for reporting incidents of suspected harassment is available in the school offices and from the Districtís Civil Rights Coordinator.

 
 

P.

Violation of the Network Acceptable Use Policy

 
 

Students shall abide by the Boardís Network Acceptable Use Policy and any school or classroom rules for Network access, which include but are not limited to the following: students shall not share passwords, obtain copies of or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to others without express authorization; misrepresent themselves on the network; abuse District hardware or software, create or transmit harassing, threatening, abusive, defamatory or vulgar messages or materials, use the Network for any commercial activities, transmit, download or copy any materials in violation of any Board policies or any Federal, State or local laws, materials that include the design or detailed information for the purposes of creating an explosive device, materials in furtherance of criminal activities or terrorist acts, threatening materials, or pornographic, sexually explicit or obscene materials, or vandalize the Districtís Network or use the Districtís Network to vandalize (i.e. hack, alter, harm, or destroy) other computers, networks or Web sites.

 
 

Q.

Plagiarism, Cheating and Forgery

 
 

A student shall not copy, produce, or reproduce work, publications, or written permission and represent it as his/her own or that of other persons, nor shall a student counterfeit documents or signatures for the purpose of deceiving school officials or employees.

 
 

R.

Hazing

 
 

A student shall not coerce another, including the victim, to do or initiate any act to any student or organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing does not lessen this prohibition.

 
 

S.

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

 
 

A student shall not exhibit any intentional written, verbal, or physical act toward another particular student more than once, that causes mental or physical harm, and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student. Bullying, harassment, and intimidation includes violence within a dating relationship. For the purposes of this policy, "electronic act" means an act committed through the use of a cellular telephone, computer, pager, personal communication device, or other electronic communication device. Students are further prohibited from deliberately making a false report of harassment, bullying, or intimidation.

R.C. 3313.20, 3313.534, 3313.66, 3313.661

Adopted 10/8/90
Revised 5/12/97
Revised 10/12/98
Revised 10/18/99
Revised 2/14/00
Revised 7/10/00
Revised 8/13/01
Revised 8/11/03
Revised 4/11/05
Revised 6/12/06
Revised 4/14/08
Revised 7/14/14
Revised 7/13/15
Revised 3/13/17

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