Student Handbook: VIII – Discipline Policies

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SECTION VIII
DISCIPLINE POLICIES

The Discipline System at De La Salle High School is designed to assist the entire school community in creating an atmosphere in the school that is orderly, safe and disciplined. The main focus of the policies and procedures is the notion that the school discipline system is designed to assist parents in promoting young people who are responsible, contributing members of society and who are also people of strong, moral character.

Because of the importance of communication and parental involvement with the school, parents are able to view students’ discipline/attendance records as well as their academic status. This information is available through Edline/Blackboard.

It is the responsibility of all parents to routinely view this information in order to assist the school and the student. It is the parent’s responsibility to let the school know if there is any problem with access to this information.

Refusal or failure to follow all assigned consequences is seen as a serious breach in following the outlined system that provides for the safety and security of the entire student body. Non-compliance is serious and will result in the student being asked to withdraw from De La Salle.

The Principal delegates the handling of all matters concerning discipline, attendance, and dress code to the Office of the Dean of Students.

 

CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE – The teachers are instructed to assign a consequence for inappropriate student behavior. This consequence can be in the form of detaining the student after school, during lunch period or other methods decided by the teacher. These consequences are not optional. A student who does not perform the consequence to the satisfaction of the teacher will be referred to detention and will be subject to further disciplinary action.

DETENTION – All members of the faculty and staff are instructed to issue a detention for inappropriate behavior as judged by that faculty/staff member.

Detention Hall is ordinarily held each morning. Students referred to Detention Hall will serve the assigned detention from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. the following morning in Room 2. All referral slips must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Detention Moderator. Failure to obtain a parent’s signature will result in an additional referral. Students arriving late for morning detention (after 6:45 a.m.) will receive an additional detention. Students who fail to report will receive an additional morning of detention.

During detention, students are required to study. However, there is no writing, highlighting, or calculating in detention.


MAJOR VIOLATIONS

The detention slip which requires a parent/guardian signature is the notification to the parents. All referrals will also be posted on Edline/Blackboard. A student who receives a Major Violation will be required to serve four detentions. Because the following actions demonstrate a lack of respect for others and may result in damage to school, personal property, injury to other students or to the student himself/herself, they are considered Major Violations.

Based on the severity of the Major Violation, the Dean of Students may recommend to the Principal that the student in question go before the Disciplinary Board, which will then make a recommendation to the Principal regarding the student’s continuing status at De La Salle. The Principal is not bound by the Disciplinary Board’s recommendation.

The following is offered by way of example and the listing is by no means all-inclusive.

  • Insubordination and/or insolence
  • Excessive tardiness to school; truancy
  • Vandalism
  • Profanity
  • Gambling
  • Theft or extortion
  • Plagiarism/cheating (written work as well as tests)
  • Unexcused absence from detention
  • Instigating or participating in fights
  • Smoking, using, or possessing tobacco products
  • Selling of any merchandise
  • Spitting
  • Flagrant or persistent violations of the dress or hair code
  • Altering information on school documents, report cards
  • Harassment of any nature, whether sexual, racial, religious
  • Possessing pornographic materials
  • Persistent violation of school regulations (Rules of Good Order)
  • Any conduct detrimental to the image or reputation of De La Salle High School
  • Ignoring the rules of proper dismissal in all activities
  • Circulating, signing, or endorsing of any petition concerning school policy
  • Use of mind-altering substances on campus or at school functions
  • Inappropriate Internet use including but not limited to threatening emails and inappropriate pictures and postings
  • Inappropriate use of laptops or tablets

De La Salle High School recognizes the right of an individual to respond to force in a proportional manner necessary to protect himself/herself. When the danger is no longer present, resorting to violence is no longer sanctioned. Thus, the school only recognizes self-protection, not retaliation.

Since the school always has a responsible adult on duty whenever the students are under the supervision of the school, De La Salle believes the opportunity for a student to have to resort to the doctrine of self-defense to protect himself/herself to be a very rare occurrence.

 

Because one of the components of a Lasallian education is learning how to follow proper procedure and since a student always has the right and opportunity to approach the Administration for clarification regarding any issue or concern, circulating petitions is not allowed. More information is available in the Grievance Procedure included in this handbook.


CHEATING/ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Cheating is morally wrong and considered a major violation at De La Salle. Cheating is both the improper acquisition as well as the improper distribution of information pertinent to a homework assignment, test, quiz or exam.

The following are common examples of academic dishonesty and punishable as major violations:

  1. Open notebooks, texts, or other course-related material during a test, quiz, or exam without the explicit permission of the teacher.
  2. Concealed notes (“cheat sheets,” etc.) during a test, quiz, or exam.
  3. Communication with another student during a quiz, test, or exam without the explicit permission of the teacher.
  4. Copying homework assignments from other students. Allowing other students to copy information is considered cheating as well.
  5. Plagiarism of essays, term papers, or research papers from outside materials that are not cited or insufficiently cited. Downloading, copying or pasting any part of an academic assignment or term paper from the Internet is considered a serious act of plagiarism. (Plagiarism is defined as the appropriation or imitation of the language, idea, and thoughts of another author and representation of them as one’s own original work.)
  6. Using an electronic device of any kind without the teacher’s permission. (This includes calculators, cell phones, and computers.)
  7. Any other promulgated actions that the teacher and/or Dean of Students or Assistant Principal of Academics designate as academically dishonest.
  8. Students who are given permission to work together on an assignment must retain academic integrity and complete their own work that respects the work of the individual.

Students caught cheating will be dealt with in a serious manner and a major violation will be placed in their discipline record. The student will also receive a zero (0) on the assignment, test, quiz, or exam in which cheating has occurred.

 

BOARDS, PROCESSES, AND CONSEQUENCES

ACADEMIC BOARD -The Academic Board appointed by the Principal is convened to make recommendations to the Principal concerning consequences for a student involved in academic dishonesty, poor course grades, and/or repeated academic referrals.

ACADEMIC PROBATION – At eight (8) academic referrals in a semester, the student’s parents will be notified by the guidance department and a letter will be sent home informing them that the student is on Academic Probation.

At sixteen (16) referrals in a semester, the student and his or her parent / guardian will meet with the Principal to determine whether the student should go before the Academic Board (the board will consist of a guidance counselor, an administrator, and a faculty member, as appointed by the Principal). Any student referred to the Academic Board faces possible expulsion from De La Salle.

The Academic Board’s recommendation of the student’s status at De La Salle is then submitted to the Principal for a final decision, who is not bound by the recommendation.

DISCIPLINE PROBATION – Eight (8) detentions will result in probation. Incurring a Major Violation while on probation may merit a Disciplinary Board hearing, at the discretion of the Dean of Students, with a committee making a recommendation to the Principal regarding the student’s status at De La Salle. In addition to eight detentions, a student may be placed on probation based on a Major Violation, if the Dean of Students deems it necessary.

DISCIPLINE BOARD – The Discipline Board appointed by the Principal is convened to make recommendations to the Principal concerning consequences for a student involved in serious or repeated misconduct, Major Violations, and/or receiving 16 detentions. This Board is named by the Principal and called and chaired by the Dean of Students.

SUSPENSION – Students who commit Major Violations as well as those who repeatedly violate the rules and standards of the school may be suspended by the Dean of Students. Students will be suspended when their behavior is considered by the Dean of Students as detrimental to the school community.

A STUDENT WHO IS SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL IS AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED FROM ALL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. HE/SHE MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN OR ATTEND SCHOOL FUNCTIONS. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE STUDENT MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE UP MISSED WORK.

A suspended student is automatically placed on probation. The suspended student will be readmitted to school only after a satisfactory solution to the conduct has been determined by the school.

Although the Disciplinary Board makes a recommendation to the Principal regarding the status of a student, THE DECISION TO DISMISS A STUDENT FROM DE LA SALLE LIES SOLELY WITH THE PRINCIPAL.

 

DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL

Dismissal from De La Salle is solely at the discretion of the Principal of the school.

The following actions, along with those noted in other sections of this handbook, render the student subject to dismissal procedures:

  1. Any action which, in the prudential judgment of the Principal (considering all the relevant circumstances), has a negative impact on the learning environment of De La Salle High School or the public perception thereof.
  2. The use (being under the influence of) and/or possession or distribution (including sale) of alcohol, controlled substances or illicit drugs while under the jurisdiction of the school.
  3. Any act of violence or blatant disrespect toward any member of the adult staff or students and their families. This includes damage to belongings, theft, and any other type of harassment or threat of harm.
  4. The possession of firearms, knives, or any type of weapon (including harmful sprays) while under the jurisdiction of the school. (A weapon is defined as any object, device, instrument, material, or substance, used or intended to be used, to inflict bodily injury or physical damage.)
  5. Repeated violations of the rules and regulations of the student handbook and/or a violation of probation, including but not limited to, excessive detentions (discipline or academic) and attendance.
  6. A Parent or Student’s refusal to follow the directions of the rules enforced by the Administration.

A student asked to appear before the Disciplinary Board is in jeopardy of dismissal from De La Salle. After the student and a parent or guardian have had an opportunity to answer questions and present their positions, the Disciplinary Board will make a recommendation to the Principal regarding the student’s status at De La Salle. The Principal is not bound by the recommendation of the Board.

 

NOTE: Any student who withdraws or is dismissed from De La Salle High School may not attend any school functions without the permission of the Principal.


DLS DRUG POLICY

De La Salle High School does not condone the use, possession and/or distribution of any mind-altering substances including but not limited to alcohol, unapproved prescription drugs, or illegal narcotics by students.

De La Salle High School has an administrative team which, in conjunction with the Guidance Department, is responsible for advising the Principal in matters of abuse, prevention education, screening, disciplining, and identification of students in trouble.

De La Salle High School reserves the right to require drug screening tests of those students who the Administration believes exhibit behavior ordinarily associated with alcohol or illicit drug use. Parents who refuse to allow their student to be tested are required to remove their student from the school.

The main goal of De La Salle’s drug policy is to ensure that the school is a safe learning environment. Out of concern for all the students and the larger community of New Orleans, De La Salle seeks to deter any serious drug problem by helping to ensure that no student at the school is using illegal drugs. De La Salle uses Psychemedics Corporation, exclusively, for its hair analysis drug test. During the school year, all students are ordinarily screened for drug use at least one time. Students are selected randomly for testing on a day to day basis. Hair may be taken from the head or the body. Once a student has been selected and tested, that student’s name is returned to the collective pool for further selections. The administration reserves the right to require the testing of any student at any time.

If a student tests positive, the family is contacted by the Dean of Students and a conference is scheduled. The conference includes the following:

  1. Explanation of the student’s test result.
  2. Consultation with the De La Salle Guidance Department and a referral to an outside agency will be provided.
  3. A contract is signed by the parent(s) and student about the retest. Parents are responsible for the cost of the retest.
  4. A second positive will result in dismissal.

The use and/or possession or distribution of alcohol, controlled substances or illegal drugs or paraphernalia (e.g., pro-drug literature, pipes, clips, papers, etc.) results in the student’s being dismissed from De La Salle. This rule also applies to a student being in the presence of others who possess or are using drugs or alcohol or are under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.

Decisions in all of these matters are reserved to the Principal on the advice of the Administration and any other persons that the Principal chooses to consult. However, the Principal remains the sole decision maker.

 

USE OF MEDICATION

All medications must be registered with the office of the Dean of Students. A doctor’s note must accompany the medication as well. The Guidance Office is responsible for the dispensing of long-term medications. Failure to follow this procedure is considered a violation of the school drug policy and the student may be subject to dismissal.

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not kept in school. In the event of a student’s short duration need for OTC medication, parents must send these medications to the Dean of Students Office with a note from the parent outlining specific instructions for administering.

Unauthorized sale of, purchase of, irresponsible use of and/or distribution of prescription and/or OTC medication are considered violations of the school’s drug policy.

Concerning school trips, medication for students should be given to the moderator or chaperone designated by the school to administer to the student as indicated on the prescription. A doctor’s note must accompany the medication as well. The parent/guardian should also provide a note giving permission for the moderator or chaperone to administer the medication.

 

PREGNANCY AND MARRIAGE

Any student married, cohabitating, or in a relationship that is in violation of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church is required to withdraw from De La Salle.

De La Salle follows the policy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans regarding student pregnancy.

 

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