JFC-AR - Student Misconduct

Code: JFC-AR
Adopted: 8/13/97
Re-adopted: 10/9/11

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Board has the responsibility to afford students the rights that are theirs by virtue of guarantees offered under federal and state constitutions and statutes.  In connection with rights are responsibilities that must be assumed by students.

Among these student rights and responsibilities are the following:

  1. Civil rights - including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination; the responsibility not to discriminate against others;
  1. The right to attend free public schools; the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school rules essential for permitting others to learn at school;
  1. The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion and decisions which the student believes injure his/her rights;
  1. The right to free inquiry and expression; the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights.

Students have the right to know the behavior standards expected of them as well as to know the consequences of misbehavior. Students have the right to use the processes and procedures outlined in Policy AC-AR to report a complaint or harassment, bullying, intimidation, hazing, etc.  Such complaints will be investigated and resolved using the processes and procedures outlined in AC-AR.

Student’s rights and responsibilities, including standards of conduct, will be made available to students and their parents through information distributed annually.

The student code of conduct, developed under the leadership of the district administration, and in cooperation with staff, will be made available to parents and enforced in the school.

Each building discipline guide or handbook (a part of which will include the school rules) shall be discussed by school staff and the school improvement advisory committee on an annual basis.  Parents shall be informed of the above guide and school rules.

School rules shall be read and discussed with all students during the first two weeks of school.  A list of school rules shall be posted in all classrooms and discussed periodically with the students.

In cases of student misconduct as defined in Board policy JFC, Student Misconduct, students shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.  In those cases where the sanction for student misconduct does include suspension or expulsion, lawful procedures for such sanctions will be followed as outlined in Board policy JG/JGD/JGE, Discipline - Suspension/Expulsion.

In the event of a student’s expulsion from the district, appropriate accessible educational alternatives shall be proposed in writing to the student or student’s parents in accordance with Board policy IGBHC, Alternative Education Notification.