Changemaker High School’s Code of Conduct requires students to take responsibility for their actions in a way that contributes to their own school success, and helps build a safe, productive learning community. Good conduct that is reinforced by both a traditional discipline process and a Restorative Justice process creates our safe and productive, college-going environment. When misconduct does occur, the Traditional Discipline and Restorative Justice processes are employed in a reasonable, timely, fair, and age-appropriate manner, and are matched to the severity of the student’s misconduct.
All members of school community are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct and align their words and actions to the three key principles. Those individuals who choose to disregard and infringe on the agreed upon key principles will be engaged in a Restorative Justice Process (explained in Student Handbook) to correct the inflicted harm and to restore a sense of community and safety. This process will be the joint responsibility of students, staff, parents, and community.
If students choose to opt out of the Restorative Justice Process or do not redirect their behaviors after being engaged in the Restorative Justice Process, they will thereby have chosen to go through the Traditional Discipline Process as described in the Student Handbook.
Due Process will be assured so that the student is aware of his/her violation, is given the opportunity to respond and is treated with the principles of fairness and justice. If the violation is severe, specific written notification of rights and procedures will be promptly provided to the student and the parents.
Changemaker High School prohibits behaviors that create a clear danger to self or others. Students who choose to engage in these types of behaviors will be placed on immediate suspension with possible recommendation for expulsion. Suspended students returning to the school will engage in a Restorative Justice process to reenter into the learning community.
Changemaker High School prohibits behaviors that violate the emotional, physical or psychological safety and/or learning of others. Students who choose to engage in these types of behaviors will be placed on immediate suspension or an in-school alternative.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying by student or groups of students against another student with the intent to harass, put-down, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm is prohibited – repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communication transmitted, cyber-bullying, and/or physical acts committed, or any such intimidating behavior will result in serious disciplinary action.
Students or parents that suspect that repeated acts of bullying are taking place should report the matter to the Academic Director or designated school official. School personnel will investigate all reports of bullying and take appropriate action.
Note that some communities tolerate an atmosphere of inequity that creates disrespect toward young women and limits the development of young men. The Western Institute does not condone or promote any environment that creates inequity between the learners of our community. Our school is committed to upholding the rights of all students and staff with respect to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or disability.
Sexual Harassment is unwanted, unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is any act or comment, which is of a sexual nature that makes another person feel uncomfortable.
Sexual Harassment may take many forms. Here are a few examples:
• Displaying gender-offensive items, photos, posters, etc.
• Inappropriate gestures, touching or groping
• Sexual remarks, suggestions, or spreading rumors
• Pressure for unwanted activities or encounters
• Offensive jokes, language, teasing, whistles, or catcalls
Schools are required by law to maintain an environment free from sexual harassment. The entire Western Institute learning community is committed to maintain this standard for the safety and well-being of all members.
Academic dishonesty occurs when students obtain or assist others in obtaining credit for work that is not their own. The following are considered acts of Academic Dishonesty:
• CHEATING – Cheating includes the actual giving or receiving of an unauthorized aid or assistance or the actual giving or receiving of unfair advantages on any form of academic work.
• PLAGIARISM – Plagiarism includes the copy of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one’s own original work.
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