This student code of conduct has been established in accordance with Indiana State Law. The procedures for administering student discipline and due process are provided by Indiana law. The Hamilton Southeastern School Board adopts the Indiana Statutes as the official policy and administrative procedure of Hamilton Southeastern Schools unless applicable federal law requires otherwise. All students are expected to follow all school and classroom procedures. That action could ultimately result in the student being suspended, expelled, or excluded from the regular school. Indiana law defines grounds for suspension or expulsion as “student misconduct or substantial disobedience”. The Indiana Education Code states the school’s discipline rules apply when a student is on school grounds before, during, and after school hours, off school grounds at a school activity or function, or traveling to or from school or a school activity or function. It also states that discipline rules are effective during summer school. Another Indiana Education Code authorizes the school board to prohibit unlawful activity by a student on or off school grounds when the activity interferes with school purposes. The Indiana statute PL224-1987 requires school authorities to inform law enforcement agencies, in writing, when violations involving controlled substances (e.g. drugs) occur within the school environment.
1. Students are to comply with the directives of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision. Failure to do so constitutes insubordination.
2. Students are to refrain from violating any rules or expectations that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function.
3. Students are to engage in no activity that disrupts classroom instruction.
4. Students are to refrain from engaging in any conduct or activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function. Urging other students to engage in such conduct is also prohibited.
(a) Bullying is prohibited
by HSE Schools. Students who commit any acts of bullying are subject to discipline including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, arrest, and/or prosecution.
: “Bullying” is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
- places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property;
- has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
- has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
Bullying does not include, and should not be interpreted to impose any burden or sanction on, the following:
- participating in a religious event;
- acting in an emergency involving the protection of a person or property from an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or substantial danger;
- participating in an activity consisting of the exercise of a student's freedom of speech rights;
- participating in an activity conducted by a nonprofit or governmental entity that provides recreation, education, training, or other care under the supervision of one (1) or more adults;
- participating in an activity undertaken at the prior written direction of the student's parent; or
- engaging in interstate or international travel from a location outside Indiana to another location outside Indiana.
(c) Applicability: The HSE Schools prohibits bullying in all forms. This policy may be applied regardless of the physical location in which the bullying behavior occurred, whenever the individual committing the bullying behavior and any of the intended targets of the bullying behavior are students attending a school within the school district and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of others to a safe and peaceful learning environment. HSE Schools prohibits bullying through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, computer system, or computer network.
(d) Education: HSE Schools will provide training and/or instruction on anti-bullying prevention and policy to all students in grades 1 through 12, as well as staff, in accordance with Indiana law.
(e) Reporting: Anyone who believes that a student has possibly been or is the victim of bullying is encouraged to immediately report the situation to an appropriate staff member such as a teacher, school counselor, or administrator (including the school district lead administrator). All staff, volunteers, and contracted service providers who observe or receive a report of suspected bullying shall notify a designated school administrator in charge of receiving reports of suspected bullying within the same day. If a staff member does not know who to make a report to, they should report directly to the building principal or school district lead administrator. Bullying reports to the Department of Child Services and/or law enforcement must be made as required by law, such as when a staff member believes that a student is the victim of abuse or neglect. Any person who makes a report of bullying and requests to remain anonymous will not be personally identified as the reporter or complainant to extent permitted by law. HSE Schools will act appropriately to discipline staff members, volunteers, or contracted service providers who receive a report of bullying and fail to initiate or conduct an investigation of a bullying incident and for persons who falsely report an incident of bullying. The school district will act appropriately to discipline students, staff members, visitors, or volunteers who make false reports of bullying.
(f) Investigation: Once a report of suspected bullying is received by the designated school administrator, an expedited investigation shall follow. The investigation should be facilitated by the designated school administrator or other appropriate school staff. Information relating to the investigation will be gathered using means including, but not limited to: witness interviews, request for written witness statements, record identification and review, and an assessment of whether bullying occurred. The investigation will be initiated within one (1) school day of the report to the designated school administrator and will ordinarily be completed within ten (10) school days.
(g) Intervention/Responses: If a report of suspected bullying is substantiated through an investigation, then the school district shall take appropriate intervention and responses as consistent with policy and procedure. HSE Schools will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to stop the bullying, remedy the bullying, and prevent the bullying from recurring. Interventions and responses include, but are not limited to: separating the bully and the target; follow-up school counseling for the target; bullying education for the bully; and prompt disciplinary action against the bully. These steps should not penalize the target of the bullying. Disciplinary actions against the bully may include, but are not limited to suspension and expulsion. Also, if the acts of bullying rise to the level of serious criminal offense the matter may be referred to law enforcement. HSE Schools shall inform the parents of all students involved in alleged incidents, and, as appropriate, may discuss the availability of counseling and other intervention services.
(h) Parental Involvement: Parents are encouraged to be involved in the process of minimizing bullying. Parents should report suspected acts of bullying to an appropriate school official. In addition, parents of students suspected of bullying will be notified with a phone call or through other appropriate means of communication. Conversely, parents of students suspected of being the target of acts of bullying will also be notified with a phone call or through other means of appropriate communication. Parent notifications will occur in an expedited manner within two (2) school days after the designated school administrator receives the report of suspected bullying. Parents of students who are disciplined for acts of bullying will be involved in the disciplinary process consistent with the law and school district policy.
(i) Reporting to IDOE: Each school within the school district will record and report to the district lead administrator or his or her designee the frequency of bullying incidents in the following categories: verbal bullying, physical bullying, social/relational bullying, and electronic/written communication bullying (or a combination or two or more of the above categories). The corporation lead administrator or his or her designee shall report the number of bullying incidents by category for each school and the entire corporation for each school term to the Indiana Department of Education by July 1.
6. Students are expected to show respect to all school personnel and fellow students. They are to refrain from fighting or other aggressive or violent acts, including the use of obscene language or gestures. Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or marginalized group.
7. Students are to refrain from causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way that could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.
8. Students are to refrain from physical conduct of a sexual nature. This includes public displays of affection which includes, but is not limited to, holding hands, hugging, and/or kissing. Students are to refrain from engaging in sexual harassment that consists of unwelcome sexual advances, or other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
9. Students are to refrain from the use, possession, transmission or being under the influence of, harmful drugs, any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, non-alcoholic beer, stimulant, caffeine-based drug, or intoxicant of any kind or items purported as such, on school property, at any school sponsored event or traveling to or from a school activity, function or event. Students should not be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Students are to refrain from misuse of prescription medication. They are to refrain from possessing or using prescription medication for an unintended purpose or in an unintended manner. Students are to refrain from use of inhalants. Students are should not sniff, inhale, or otherwise ingest any substance when it is not the intended use of the substance. Students are to refrain from the possession or use of tobacco or other nicotine delivering devices. Students are to refrain from engaging in the selling of a controlled substance, or engaging in an action that constitutes a danger to other students or constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
10. Students are not to use, possess, or transmit dangerous articles such as firearms, knives, pins, cutting tools, BB guns, explosives, destructive devices, fireworks, matches, lighters, or any other objects that can reasonably be considered a weapon or could cause harm to another person or damage school property. Students who have knowledge of these items on school grounds are to report the incident to school personnel. Board policy states that firearms or destructive devices are prohibited on school property. This does not apply to law enforcement officers performing their official duties. Under Indiana law, a student bringing a firearm or destructive device to school or on school property or in possession of a firearm or destructive device on school property must be expelled from school for a period of at least one calendar year. Under another Indiana law, a student bringing a deadly weapon, other than a firearm, to school or on school property or in possession of a deadly weapon on school property may be expelled for a period of not more than one calendar year. The Superintendent or designee will immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student is expelled under this rule. A firearm is any weapon that is capable of or designed to or that may readily be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosion. A destructive device is any device. A complete copy of the Items Prohibited in School Policy can be obtained by contacting the school office.
11. Any behavior or symbolism denoting gang membership or affiliation is not allowed. Related hand signs, handshakes and graffiti are prohibited, as is any recruitment effort.
12. Students are not to bring distracting items to school.
13. During the school day electronic devices are to be used for educational purposes only (This means students should not use their device during the school day for personal use, including, but not limited to, texting, emailing, or gaming.) Should a student need to communicate with their parents, it should be done via teacher approval. Schools are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen cell phones and/or electronic devices. Music devices can only be used on the bus and during after school activities. Music devices and/or electronic devices used or possessed inappropriately during the school day on school grounds including on route to and from school busses will be confiscated and returned before the end of the day and disciplinary consequences will be administered.
14. The taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the school district; and reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and lifetime inclusion on sexual offender registries.
15. Students are not permitted to bring scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. to school. These items are not to be on school grounds at any time. Shoes with rollers or wheels are not permitted on school property.
16. Students are not allowed to sell or trade items at school unless directly related to a class activity supervised by school staff.
17. During the school day, food, including candy, is only to be consumed in the cafeteria or under the direct supervision of a staff member. Gum is only allowable with direct approval by a teacher or staff member.
18. Students are to refrain from cheating, plagiarism, or any other dishonest means of academic gain. Students are expected to turn in original work for all school assignments.
19. Students are to refrain from stealing or attempting to steal school or private property. Students guilty of theft may be reported to local law enforcement agencies. Students are not to knowingly be in possession of stolen items.
20. Students are to refrain from vandalism, which includes causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property.
21. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time prepared with appropriate materials.
22.Students are to only be in supervised areas throughout the school day and during school functions.
23.Students can leave school grounds during the school day only with permission of parents and school officials and after signing out in the front office.
24. Students are expected to walk, not run, in the building.
25. Flowers, balloons or gift deliveries of any kind are not to be sent to students during the school day. Deliveries will not be accepted.
26. Students are to leave backpacks in lockers after arriving to school. Backpacks, book bags, or tote bags are not to be carried during the school day.
27. In addition to numbers 1 through 27, a student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student's removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria which takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may be attending classes or other school functions.
The use of any technology resources in Hamilton Southeastern Schools is subject to regulation and monitoring. Students utilizing corporation-provided computing resources and Internet access must first have the permission of Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ professional staff and must work under the supervision of professional staff. Students utilizing said resources are responsible for good online behavior similar to the good behavior which is expected in a classroom or other area of school.
Violation of any school rules and corporation policy may result in denial and disciplinary actions. A student shall not create or otherwise access technology content that:
- Violates any school rule, including any student discipline rule and any school policy;
- Causes or is likely to cause a substantial and material disruption to the school;
- Is a “true threat”;
- Is considered as lewd, vulgar, indecent or plainly offensive;
- Generates a legitimate educational concern; or
- Is considered an unlawful activity.
Details and definition to the above situations are found in HSE Technology Usage Policy I5.3 and Guidelines I5.3.1. These items can be accessed on our website (www.hse.k12.in.us).
PHOTOGRAPHING OF STUDENTS AND PERSONNEL
Students may not use any audio or video devices to photograph or record the activities of other students or district personnel while on school property or a school-sponsored activity unless authorized in advance by the staff member supervising the activity and with the consent of the individual(s) being recorded. At the time of registration, families may request to opt out of photo and video events. Students who violate this expectation may face appropriate disciplinary consequences.
CALLS / TEXTING
Calls and texts can only be made with teacher permission by students. Calling for homework, books, lunches, permission to go home with a friend, etc. are not generally acceptable reasons to use the school phones. It is important to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum. Students will not be called out of class for telephone calls but messages will be delivered when needed.