Abusive or Threatening Language
Any communication that includes swearing, name-calling or use of words which immediately creates fear of harm. This is completed without displaying a weapon and without subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.

Arson
Student plans and/or participates in malicious burning of school or personal property. The damage, or attempted damage, is intentional and unlawful. The fire may be started with any type of incendiary device.

Assault
One student intentionally causes or attempts to cause physical bodily harm to another individual (staff or student). These actions differ from fighting in that the second individual does not participate.

Bullying Behaviors
Bullying is considered to be severe, persistent, or pervasive in that it creates an intimidating or threatening environment and has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.  Bullying and harassment are major distractions from learning and both the victim and the perpetrator suffer significant negative consequences when engaged in this type of anti-social behaviors. The learning experience of victims can suffer, and fear can lead to chronic absenteeism, truancy, dropping out of school, or other serious acts.

Bullying is defined as the act of one or more individuals intimidating one or more persons negatively and/or over time through verbal, physical, mental, cyber, or written interactions and those persons have difficulty defending themselves.  Bullying may take many forms and can occur in any setting.  It can create insecure and unwarranted anxiety that will affect the learning and social environment in a school.

Examples of bullying include, but are not limited to:

• Intimidation – either physical or psychological
• Threats of any kind – stated or implied
• Assaults on students – including those that are verbal, physical, psychological and emotional
• Attacks on student property
• Cyber / text messaging

Cyber stalking is the act of communicating words, images, or language through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication directed at or about a specific person causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.

Cyber bullying is the willful and repeated harassment and intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies including but not limited to email, blogs, social website, chat rooms and instant messaging.

Users are responsible for the appropriateness of the material they transmit.  Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, or other anti-social behaviors are expressly prohibited.  Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to the following misuses of technology; harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or web site postings, including blogs.  It is also recognized that the author (poster or sender) of the inappropriate material is often disguised (logged on) as someone else.

In situations in which cyber bullying originated from a non-school device, but brought to the attention of school officials, any disciplinary action shall be based upon whether the conduct is determined to be disruptive of the educational process so that it disrupts or impedes the day-to-day operations of the school.  In addition, such conduct must also violate a school policy.  Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, threats, or making a threat off school grounds, to harm a member of the school staff or a student.

Chronic Tardies - Five or more tardies during a semester within the same class period.

Disrespect/Insubordination/Non-compliance
Repeated refusal to follow directions, repeatedly talking back, and/or socially rude interactions. Students who defiantly swear or use profanity at staff members or adults will receive an automatic office referral.

Disruption of Learning Environment
Objectionable acts or conduct that are in violation of the rules of the classroom and/or school which threaten the ability to perform educational activities of learning.

Domestic Abuse
Defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.

Dress Code Violation
The wearing of clothing that does not fit within the dress code guidelines.

Encouraging a Conflict
Behavior encouraging two (2) or more students to engage in physical contact/verbal conflict while not being directly involved in the conflict.

Electronic Cigarette (E-Cigarette), Vapor Pens
The electronic cigarette also known as an e cigarette, an e cig, an electric cigarette, or a smokeless cigarette. An electronic device that is used to turn an oil-nicotine solution into vapor. The nicotine vapor produced looks, taste, and feels like cigarette smoke.

False Fire Alarm/Bomb Threat
Student deliberately triggers the fire alarm or delivers a message/threat of a pending fire. Student delivers message of possible explosive materials being on-campus, near campus, and/or pending explosion.

Fighting
Actions involving serious physical contact where injury may occur. Students are mutually participating in the conflict. There is no one main offender and no major injury. Examples may include the following: hitting, punching, hitting with an object, kicking, hair pulling, scratching, etc. These actions differ from assault in that both individuals are participants.

Forgery/Theft
Student is in possession of, having passed on, or being responsible for removing someone else’s property. This also includes signing a person’s name without the person’s permission.

Gang Affiliation
Any student who: admits being in or affiliated with a gang, frequents place of known gang members, accompanies known gang members, and/or recruits another by intimidation or force.

Harassing Behaviors
Harassment is defined as threatening, insulting, and dehumanizing gestures, use of technology, computer software or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or employee that places a student or employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property. Harassment has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education performance or an employees work performance, opportunities, or benefits. It also has the effect of substantially negatively impacting a student or employee’s emotional or mental well-being and substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Hazing
Hazing is an activity expected of someone joining a group (or to maintain full status in a group) that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.

Indecent Exposure
The deliberate exposure in public or in view of the general public by a person of a portion or portions of his or her body, in circumstances where the exposure is contrary to local moral or other standards of appropriate behavior.

Inappropriate Display of Affection
Student engages in inappropriate verbal and/or physical gestures/contact of a sexual nature with another student. These actions are consensual (without force or threat of force) but are not appropriate to the environment.

Larceny
The unlawful taking of another person’s property without threat, violence or bodily harm. This differs from robbery in that larceny does not involve a threat or battery.

Possession or Use of Alcohol
Student is in possession of alcohol or is using alcohol.

Possession or Use of Drugs
Students in possession of illegal drugs/substances, is using illegal drugs/substances, or is under the influence of illegal drugs/substances. This also includes imitations. The selling, manufacturing, or distributing of illegal drugs/substances is considered being in possession or use of drugs.

Possession or Use of Inhalants
Student is in possession of inhalants or is under the influence of inhalants. This includes “huffing” or inhaling mind-altering substances.

Possession or Use of Weapons
Students in possession of knives or guns (real or look alike) or other objects designed or converted to cause bodily harm. This also covers a device designed as a weapon capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or death. A firearm must expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or a propelled object.

Robbery/Theft
Taking, or attempting to take, anything of value that is owned by another person or organizations. Items are taken under confrontational circumstances by violence, force, or threat of force. This differs from larceny in that robbery involves threat or battery.

Skipping/Truancy
Student leaves class/school without permission or stays out of class/school without permission.

Technology/Electronic Device Violation
Student engages in inappropriate use of cell phone, pager, music/video players, camera, and/or computer.

Tobacco
Student is in possession of tobacco or is using tobacco. The selling or distribution of tobacco products is considered being in possession of tobacco.

Vandalism
Student participates in an activity that results in substantial destruction, disfigurement, or defacement of school or personal property. This destruction is willful and/or malicious. Tagging is considered to be an act of vandalism.
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