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Student Conduct and Dress Code

Board Policy

Jordan District schools are to provide a safe, wholesome, healthy educational environment where academic learning, personal development, and a sense of pride and accomplishment can flourish.  Part of the educational process is learning self discipline and appropriate behavior.  Therefore, it is the policy of the board to enforce all Utah laws related to conduct on school premises and school buses and to see that students are taught to preserve public property including all school facilities and equipment.

The Board also recognizes that dress and grooming seriously affect the behavior of students attending school and may also impact sanitation and safety conditions.  Because experience has demonstrated that the learning atmosphere is improved when students both look and act appropriately, the Board hereby authorizes establishment of standards of student conduct, dress, and grooming.

The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility to see that each school adheres to the conduct, dress, and grooming standards established by the Board in the guidelines of this policy.  Further, all district and school staff members shall have a share of responsibility in seeing that these standards are implemented and enforced in classrooms, in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, at school activities, and other occasions as appropriate.

Administrative Guidelines

The Administration shall implement Board policy according to the following guidelines:

Student Conduct

  1. Classroom BehaviorStudents shall conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a productive learning atmosphere for themselves and their classmates. Students are expected to be attentive, cooperative, and industrious while in the classroom. Students who habitually disrupt or destroy the learning atmosphere shall be disciplined according to the procedures established in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
  2. Behavior at Assemblies and ActivitiesAssemblies and activities shall be considered special student privileges where participation is contingent upon appropriate behavior. Students shall show respect to all performers. Students who disturb, disrupt, or show disrespect shall lose the privilege of attending and may be subjected to disciplinary action as outlined in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students and School Exclusions.
  3. Protection and Care of School PropertyStudents shall be expected to use school equipment and facilities appropriately and to behave in such a way that school property is preserved and protected. Students may be disciplined for improper use or treatment of school facilities and/or equipment.
  4. Behavior at Competitive EventsStudents are expected to demonstrate sportsmanship at all competitive events and to conduct themselves according to the rules of fair play both as spectators and participants. While healthy competition is encouraged, cheating or rude and disruptive conduct shall not be tolerated.
  5. Patriotism and Respect for the FlagThe Flag of the United States of America shall be appropriately displayed at all schools in keeping with customary and accepted practices. Students shall show proper respect for their country’s emblem.  Instruction should include the frequent repeating of the Pledge of Allegiance by students and teachers. Discourteous treatment of the flag or other national symbols shall be cause for disciplinary action.
  6. Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, Narcotics, and DrugsStudent use or possession of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, and drugs is prohibited by law. Students who break the law shall be disciplined according to the guidelines set forth in Policy AS90—Drugs and Alcohol.
  7. Cellular TelephonesPossession of a cellular telephone by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student that uses their cell phone inappropriately. A student who possesses a cellular phone shall assume responsibility for its care. At no time shall the District be responsible for preventing theft, loss or damage to cell phones brought onto school property.  Cellular telephone use during classroom time, instructional activities and field trips is prohibited.  Cellular telephones must remain off during these times.  Exceptions to this policy may be granted by school administration on a case by case basis to accommodate family emergencies or medical necessity. Students violating these guidelines will be disciplined in accordance with District Policy AS 67 Discipline of Students.Students using cell phones during class time will have the phone taken by the teacher to be returned at the end of the period on the first offense.  On the second offense, the phone will be taken and given to the administration to be returned at the end of the day.  On the third offense, the phone will be taken and given to the administration.  The student’s parent will be called and the phone will be returned to a parent.
  8. Electronic DevicesAny use of an electronic device that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, invades personal privacy or compromises the integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited. Students violating these guidelines will be disciplined in accordance with District policy AS67— Discipline of Students.

Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct 

The following conduct is defined as “dangerous or disruptive conduct” and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles. (See Policy AS67 NEG,

  1. Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.
  2. Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:
    1. Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages. (See Policy AS90, Drugs and Alcohol)
    2. Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character.
    3. Arson–the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.
    4. Burglary–breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.
    5. Theft/Larceny/Stealing–the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
    6. Criminal Mischief–willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.
    7. Battery–the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.
    8. Assault–placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.
    9. Hazing–(See Policy AS95, Conduct Related To School Activities)
    10. Vandalism–willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property. Official grade transcripts and diplomas may be withheld until the student or the student’s parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.
    11. Gang-related Activity–dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:(1) wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang;(2) using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang; or (3) designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.
    12. Bullying–aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.(1) Physical bullying: hitting and/or punching(2) Verbal bullying: teasing or name calling (3) Non-verbal or emotional bullying: intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression (4) Cyber-bullying: sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging
    13. Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings, or causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these. These activities include, but are not limited to: extortion, forgery, lewdness, and distributing obscene materials.
  3. Students with prior knowledge of dangerous or disruptive behavior have the duty to report such behavior to school administration. Students that fail to report such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.

Drug and Alcohol Policy 

The administration recognizes that the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances constitutes a hazard to students and is disruptive to the educational process.

The following substances are prohibited at school:

  1. Illegal drugs; Alcoholic beverages
  2. Illegal psychotoxic chemicals (inhalants)
  3. Prescription medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage
  4. Over-the-counter medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage
  5. Any other harmful substance not delineated herein that may inhibit a student’s faculties and/or detract from the learning climate of the school.

The possession, use, or distribution by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school property, during school hours, and at any school-sponsored extracurricular program or activity including those held off school property.

Violators will be held to the guidelines of Jordan School District Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90.

DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES FOR

DRUG AND ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS

USE, POSSESSION, RESORTING

SHARING, SELLING, DISTRIBUTING

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Subsequent Offense

1st Offense

Subsequent Offense

Illegal Drugs

Alcoholic Beverages

Psychotoxic Substances

Prescription Medications

(containing any quantity of controlled substances listed in Utah Code 58-37-4)

10-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

OR

Early Intervention Class

45-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

180-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

45-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

180-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

Prescription Medications

In excess of an

8-hour dosage

Suspension to Parent Conference

In excess of an

8-hour dosage

10-day

(Home-Based) Alternative Education Program

OR

Early Intervention Class

In excess of an

8-hour dosage

45-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

Any

amount

45-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

Any

amount

180-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

Over-The-Counter Medications

In excess of an

8-hour dosage

Suspension to Parent Conference

In excess of an

8-hour dosage

10-day

(Home-Based) Alternative Education Program

OR

Early Intervention Class

In excess of an

8-hour dosage

45-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

Any

amount

Suspension to Parent

Conference

Any

amount

45-Day

(Home-Based)

Alternative Education Program

AND

Referral for

Assessment

 

Fighting

Serious conflicts and fighting between students are to be avoided by showing courtesy and respect to others.  If conflict does occur, students should immediately ask for help from an adult staff member.  Students are not to confront one another.  Students involved in fighting or engaged in behavior that leads to a fight will face disciplinary action, which may include suspension.

School Dress and Grooming

Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is benefiting the day’s activities.  Student’s clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard or distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Students who violate the dress code may face disciplinary action and will be asked to change into other acceptable clothes.

  • Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed.
  • Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, binders, notebooks, etc. shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
  • Items which bear advertising, promotions, drawings and/or the likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, or which are contrary to the educational mission, shall not be allowed.
  • All students shall maintain their hair in a clean, well-groomed manner.  Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or interferes with the learning atmosphere at school, shall not be allowed.
  • All students shall wear clean clothing.  Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings which is so conspicuous, extreme, or odd that it may draw undue attention, disrupt, or interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at school, shall not be allowed.
  • Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off or immodest, e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank or sleeveless shirts, pants with holes, or other similar attire.  Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times.  Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
  • Students shall comply with the laws that govern wearing military uniforms and insignias ( Title 10, USC §771-772, and Army Regulation 670-1 §29-4).
  • Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes.
  • School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.
  • Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities.
  • Shoes shall be worn at all times that ensure personal safety and hygiene.Student dress code will be governed by this policy.  Herriman High Schooladministrators or their designee will determine what constitutes a violation of this policy.  Offenders will be asked to change attire and may be sent home to comply with this policy.  Habitual or repeat offenses will result in removal from school and/or convening of a parent conference.

School Dress and Grooming—Graduation

In order to maintain dignity and decorum at high school commencements, students participating in commencement exercises are subject to the dress and grooming standards articulated in section C of this policy and wear the prescribed cap and gown during the ceremony* without additional ornamentation or decoration. Personal items such as clothing, accessories or jewelry, that draw undue attention or detract from the dignity and decorum of the occasion shall not be allowed. Mantles, cords, insignias or medals signifying achievement, honor or recognition are restricted to awards issued and approved for display at graduation by the local high school.

* “During the ceremony” refers to the entire duration of the commencement program, from opening processional to completion of the recessional.

Disciplinary Action:  The administration supports Herriman High School staff in maintaining acceptable standards of conduct in the classrooms, halls, auditorium, cafeteria, gym areas, school grounds, etc.  All personnel will deal with individual student problems with fairness and consistency in a supportive environment.  Disciplinary action will be taken as deemed appropriate to the situation when serious problems occur.

The following are examples of misconduct for which students will be disciplined, suspended, or referred to a district level hearing:

  • The possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances.
  • Insolence or disrespectful behavior.
  • The use of vulgar or profane language or gestures.
  • Fighting.
  • Inappropriate public displays of affection or sexual harassment.
  • Rowdy incorrigible behavior, willful disobedience, intentional disruption.
  • Tardiness or truancy.
  • Vandalizing, damaging, or stealing school or private property.
  • Bringing to school, matches, lighters, weapons, explosives, and nuisance items.
  • Threatening, intimidating, or causing bodily harm to any student or staff member.
  • Any conduct contrary to decent, polite, honorable, and honest standards.

Learning Environment

Staff, students, and parents are encouraged to help maintain a safe and positive climate in our school.  In order to maintain a learning environment free from distractions, safety hazards, and negative influences, we strongly discourage students from bringing items to school such as: walkmans, radios, CD players, pagers, cell phones, electronic games or toys, and cameras.  The use of these items will not be allowed to interfere with the learning environment and may result in confiscation.  Confiscated items will only be returned when a parent can come to the school and retrieve the item.  The school is not responsible for the loss, theft, or vandalism of any personal items.

The following schoolwide rules are to be followed by each student to help the student succeed in school experiences:

  • Attend all classes as scheduled and be on time to all classes.
  • Come prepared and perform in class to the satisfaction of self, teacher, and parent (this includes homework).
  • Exercise best behavior both in and out of class while in school.
  • Be responsible for one’s own actions.
  • Pursue academic excellence in all disciplines.
  • Demonstrate and model cultural sensitivity to everyone.
  • Support and promote a democratic system that follows due process and protects the civil liberties of all individuals.
  • Help maintain a clean, safe, and healthy learning environment.
  • Volunteer information and cooperate with school staff in disciplinary cases.
  • Promote and practice a healthy lifestyle, which includes a “drug-free” environment.

All school personnel have been asked to help the Administration encourage and enforce good student behavior.

Student Behavior

Teachers are required to provide an educational opportunity for students for the entire time they are in class. Teachers are also responsible to see that the classroom atmosphere is conducive to good learning. Students are expected to make positive contributions to aid learning in the classroom.

If the student’s behavior becomes disruptive to the class, the following steps will be taken:

  • The teacher will try to solve the problem by giving the student a verbal warning.
  • The teacher will again try to solve the problem by intervening in one of the following ways:
    • Conference with student
    • Loss of classroom privilege
    • Change of seat
    • Time before or after class (student may need to come in before or after school to avoid disrupting another class)
  • If a problem cannot be solved, the teacher will notify the parent/guardian and discuss a solution.
  • If the teacher and student cannot arrive at a satisfactory solution, the student will be sent to the assistant principal for a conference and parents will be notified.
  • If behavior problems continue, a conference with student and parent or guardian will be held by the appropriate administrator to determine if the student will continue in class.

Adult staff members have the right by law to appropriately restrain students who pose a threat of physical harm to themselves or others.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty is the behavior of faculty and students that demonstrates integrity and respect in all aspects of learning.  We must be able to trust that work and information presented is the product of the presenter.

The lack or absence of Academic Honesty minimizes the learning environment.  Students have the responsibility of doing their own work without seeking an unfair advantage over others.

Cheating

Cheating is the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, or study aids; it is an act of deceit by which a student attempts to give the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill that the student has not yet obtained.

Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Altering exams after completion
  • Sharing information before, during, or after an exam
  • Sharing worksheets
  • Colluding: working with others without the direct approval of the instructor
  • Falsely accepting credit that has not been earned
  • Plagiarizing: intentional or negligent submission of ideas or work that is not that of the presenter
  • Using Cliff Notes or other sources to replace reading assignments
  • Fostering cheating to promote or allow another to cheat

Examples of what cheating is NOT may include but are not limited to:

  • Working together when the teacher approves groups
  • Copying notes to study from but not to use for credit on an assignment
  • Participating fully in group work
  • Using study groups
  • Using Cliff Notes or other sources as a supplement to reading for a class
  • Using others’ work with proper citation

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the intentional or negligent submission of ideas or work that is not that of the presenter.  This can occur in oral, graphic, and written work.

Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Copying word for word from a published work or others’ homework
  • Using ideas without citing or giving proper credit
  • Citing your source, but using it word for word without quotations
  • Borrowing all or part of another student’s paper or using someone else’s outline to write your own paper
  • Reproducing any work (published articles, chapters of books, papers, notes, labs) from a friend or file.

Examples of what plagiarism is NOT may include but are not limited to:

  • Using information from an outside source and properly citing it or giving it proper credit

Collusion

Collusion is working with others in a group without the instructor’s approval

Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Presenting work as one’s own even though work was produced by others in a group
  • Examples of what collusion is NOT may include but are not limited to:
  • Collaboration: working together with approval of instructor

Fostering Cheating

Fostering cheating is allowing for any contribution to or knowledge of cheating.

Examples may include but are not limited to:

  • Allowing others to copy work for credit
  • Promoting or encouraging others to cheat
  • Teaching others how to cheat, such as giving other sources or information in order for them to cheat