EXPLANATIONS ABOUT UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS
As a student at PARAGON, you may not:
- Bring cellular telephones and/or other electronic devices: They disrupt classes and distract others from learning.
- Cheat and/or plagiarize: cheating on tests, plagiarism, and/or any other type of deception to get credit without effort is deemed unacceptable conduct.
- Abuse and/or misuse of computers: computer hardware and software are for the benefit of all students. No student may purposefully tamper with either the hardware or software so that it is inaccessible to other students. Computers are in the school for educational purposes. Abuse and/or misuse of the computers also include loading private software, checking personal e-mail, or accessing inappropriate web sites or web pages using school equipment.
- Disrupt learning: disrupting learning includes any behavior that prevents other students from learning. It may include, but is not limited to, inappropriate language, eating or drinking in or during class, insubordination and/or selling or trading personal possessions to other students.
- Violate the dress code: students shall come to school in a uniform in line with specific uniform and appearance guidelines as described in the handbook.
- Give a false fire alarm: any student who issues a false fire alarm is also subject to the legal authorities. The penalties for this, especially if any injuries result, may include jail terms.
- Fight: school is not a place to arrange fights, whether those fights take place on or off school grounds. Fighting is any instance of physical contact in anger, regardless of whether fists or weapons are used. All students involved in the fight are subject to discipline. To assault anyone will be deemed an offence for all students involved in the fighting.
- Forgery: any attempt by a student to sign any document using a teacher’s, administrator’s, parent’s or guardian’s name will be considered forgery.
- Gamble: gambling includes but is not limited to card playing, throwing dice, and sports pools, and involves the transfer of money or personal belongings or assistance from one person to another.
- Harass another student and/or a teacher, administrator, or staff member: harassment means making unwelcome advances or any form of improper physical contact or remark and any speech or action that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive learning environment. Harassment is a violation of the school’s commitment to provide a physically and psychologically safe environment in which to learn.
- Smoke or use other tobacco products and/or bring such products to school: This includes cigarettes, cigars, herbs, and smokeless tobacco. Possession of tobacco products in purses or lockers is prohibited under this policy.
- Steal and/or vandalize private or school property: this means to cause or attempt to cause damage to private property or steal or attempt to steal private property, either on school grounds or during a school activity, function, or other event on school grounds. Students and their parents or guardians will be held responsible for any theft/vandalism that their student commits on school property.
- Exhibit threatening behavior: threatening behavior can include verbal threats, both face to face and over electronic media (phone and/or computers) and non-verbal threats, intimidating stares, gestures, and so on, that cause or attempt to cause any student, teacher, administrator, or staff member to feel frightened or ill at ease.
- Be truant: truancy means being absent from school or a class without the permission of a parent. Habitual truancy means a student has accumulated 10 consecutive days, or 15 days of absence in total during one semester.
- Bring any kind of weapon to school: a weapon includes, but is not limited to, objects such as guns, pellet guns, knives, clubs or spears as well as mace, tear gas, or other noxious chemicals. It may also include any replica of a real weapon. It also includes objects converted from their original use to an object intended to threaten or injure another. The Administration reserves the right to all final decisions regarding the definition of what a weapon is. School personnel may search book bags, gym bags, coats, and/or any other containers if they suspect the presence of a weapon.