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Student Behavior

General Student Behavior

The behavioral policy at Delhi High School is based on our educational philosophy that emphasizes both the development of community and the personal responsibility of individuals.

1. Chewing gum is prohibited on school property.

2. Eating and drinking are allowed in the cafeteria, patio, amphitheater, theater courtyard, center of campus, and Snack Shack table areas only. No eating or drinking is allowed in any other school building or elsewhere on campus. Students are prohibited from having food delivered by off-campus vendors unless approved and supervised by a faculty or staff member.

3. Smoking (including smokeless tobacco or vapor pens) is strictly prohibited at all times on school property, and in the surrounding areas, including where students park vehicles. Students may not use tobacco products, vapor pens or liquid smoke, carry matches or lighters at any time during the school day or at any school event.

4. Students are expected to be respectful of private property and not to loiter in the neighborhood areas surrounding school. Students may not loiter in the school parking lots before, during, or after school. Once students arrive on campus via the parking lots, they must move to the interior of the campus, not loiter in and around vehicles.

5. Students are not to engage in raucous or disturbing behavior anywhere on campus.

6. Students are not allowed to loiter in front of the school, in the area outside the athletic offices, in the gyms and locker rooms, in the football and the baseball stadiums, the four-acre field or surrounding areas during the school day. Any areas under construction are off limits to students at all times.

Students are not allowed to be in a classroom, gymnasium, pool, or office area without a staff member present to supervise.

8. Students are not to climb on the roof of any structure on campus at any time for any reason.

9. Electronic devices are brought to school at the student’s own risk, e.g., portable music players, cell phones, handheld organizers, laptop computers, and all types of cameras. DHS absolves itself of any financial responsibility in the case of the theft of such items. However, all theft should be reported to the Front Office.

10. Playing board games and card games is permitted in the cafeteria and adjacent patio/amphitheater areas only (including before and after school). Gambling is prohibited. Students are not permitted to play games on any electronic device (PSPs, calculators, etc.) during school hours, 7:50-3:00.

11. Students are expected to dispose of trash properly at all times, both in the school buildings and grounds. Littering may result in the extension of the school day for the student body for the purpose of students cleaning up the campus.

12. There will be mandatory school assemblies and rallies. Students are expected to attend and to follow the procedures announced for these events.

13. Students are to carry their student I.D. cards at all times. Students may be requested by a supervisor or law enforcement officer to present their I.D. cards for identification. Students will be assigned detention if they cannot produce a student ID or dance ticket at a school dance; with a second occurrence, the student will not be permitted to enter the event.

14. Students must purchase tickets to attend school dances, plays, musicals, and other school sponsored performances. Tickets for dances are non-transferrable. Only the student that purchases the ticket for the dance will be permitted to enter that dance.

15. Skateboards (including motorized), scooters, rollerblades, and shoes with retractable wheels (“heelies”) are not allowed on school property. Remote-control vehicles are not allowed on campus. Students are not permitted to have water balloons or use squirt guns. Students may not bring animals on campus. Any animals will be turned over to the County Animal Control Department.

17. Students are to be silent and attentive during the daily announcements and assemblies.

18. Students are expected to refrain from inappropriate language (spoken or displayed) at all times on campus during the school day and whenever they represent DHS as participants in any school-sponsored event. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • commonly defined foul language
  • any words normally deemed racist, sexist, or homophobic
  • any language that is used to incite or provoke others
  • any language that is malicious or disrespectful to others
  • any language or subject matter deemed inappropriate by a teacher, staff, or administrator in this school setting (e.g., drugs, sexual content, etc.).

19. Students who leave personal belongings unattended, including in locker rooms, risk confiscation of the item and disciplinary consequence.

20. If a teacher does not arrive to class within five minutes after the start of class, a single student should notify the Attendance Office. In the meantime, the rest of the class must wait quietly until notified of the status of the situation. Students who leave are subject to detention.

Behavioral Contracts

In cases where there is a history of classroom behavioral problems or a serious behavioral infraction outside of the classroom, a behavior contract will be written stating expectations for behavior and signed by the student, parents, and appropriate school personnel. Failure to comply with the stated conditions will result in Disciplinary Monitoring or dismissal from school.

Detention

  • Detention is assigned to students for tardiness, absenteeism, and minor offenses of school regulations. Detention consists of written or physical work done during the school day, after school, or on Saturday. For after-school detention, students must promptly report to the detention classroom by 3:10 PM. Detention is a minimum of one hour in duration. For Saturday detention, students must report at the time and place assigned. Saturday detention is a minimum of three hours in duration, usually 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
  • Students must report for detention on the day assigned.
  • A student who fails to submit a written detention on time is assigned two hours of detention. Failure to report for detention a second time will result in four hours of detention. Subsequent failures to serve will result in loss of attendance at extracurricular events (dances and other social events). After the second extracurricular privilege is lost, the student is placed on Disciplinary Monitoring.

Academic Integrity

Integrity is an important component of any educational experience and in all areas of life. A component of personal integrity is academic integrity. It is the right, privilege, and responsibility of each individual to contribute to and work in a community of trust. A student’s integrity in his/her academic work is directly linked to his/her intellectual growth. A high level of academic integrity is expected from all DHS students in his/her classwork, homework, and examinations.

Violations of academic integrity include cheating, plagiarism, and theft of academic materials.

“Cheating” means giving or receiving an unfair, dishonest, or deceitful advantage over others in school work. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • talking, using signs or gestures to communicate information or request information during an examination;
  • copying an assignment from another student or allowing another student to copy your assignment;
  • passing along examination information from one class period to members of another class period or to a student who was absent for the examination;
  • looking onto another student’s examination for information or allowing a student to look your work;
  • using notes in any form on a closed-book or closed-note examination;
  • submitting pre-written work when such work is supposed to be written in class;
  • exceeding time limits on timed examinations or assignments;
  • using unauthorized study aids, notes, books, data , or other information (including electronically-formatted information)
  • falsifying data (science labs, statistics, etc.);
  • “working together” on an assignment when individual work is required;
  • stealing copies of examinations; selling, copying, or letting others copy an examination.

“Plagiarism” means presenting as one’s own, the works, the opinions, the ideas, the arrangement of materials, or the thought pattern of someone else (including on the Internet) without proper acknowledgement. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • having a parent or another person write an essay or do a project which is then submitted as one’s own work;
  • failing to use proper documentation and works cited (bibliography) or fabricating a bibliography;
  • directly quoting a source without citation;
  • summarizing or paraphrasing another’s ideas or work without proper citation;
  • copying and pasting from the Internet without citation;
  • using an unauthorized translator in Modern Language.

Any incident of academic dishonesty is considered a violation of the school code of conduct. Violations of academic integrity result in both academic and disciplinary consequences. There are two types of infractions: “violations” and “serious violations.”

Students who incur “violations” receive a disciplinary consequence of varying hours of detention or possible Disciplinary Monitoring with detention. Academic consequences involve receiving partial credit to “0” credit for the work (the amount of credit is agreed upon within an academic department). Examples of “violations” are:

  • “working together” when individual work is required;
  • falsifying data;
  • copying another student’s homework assignment; providing your homework assignment to another student;
  • coming into examination with a small amount of written information/one formula;
  • using an online translator in one or more places;
  • several sentences not quoted or referenced in a paper.

Students who incur “serious violations” will be placed on Disciplinary Monitoring and receive multiple hours of detention or possible referral to Administration. As academic consequence, the student will receive “0” credit for the work. Examples of “serious violations” are the following:

  • giving your test to another student who needs to do a make-up test; obtaining another student’s test in preparation to take a make-up test;
  • signaling an answer during an examination or allowing another student to look onto your examination;
  • looking at another student’s examination or asking/signaling for information during an examination;
  • coming into an examination with a cheat sheet or formulas on a calculator;
  • using information from a stolen copy of an examination for personal benefit;
  • stealing a copy of an examination for personal benefit and/or distribution;
  • significant portions of a major paper or project lack citation;
  • a major paper or project contains a fabricated bibliography;
  • all or part of a major paper or project has been lifted off of the Intenet website or “paper mill.”

Deliveries to Students

The following items can be brought to school or sent via a florist for delivery to students. The items will remain in the office for the student to pick up at their next break or lunch period.

  • lunches
  • P.E. & athletic equipment/clothing (make arrangements with student for after-school drop-off)
  • class or team snacks
  • birthday balloons/bouquets
  • holiday greetings: Halloween, Christmas, St. Valentine, etc.
  • other personal celebratory or congratulatory items
  • textbooks/notebooks
  • homework/projects

The deliverer is responsible for notifying the student about the dropped off item.