Code of Catholic/Christian Conduct Covering Students
Attendance at Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Belleville is at the will and discretion of the particular school. As such, attendance and enrollment may be terminated at any time when the school determines that continued enrollment would not be in the best interests of the students, the school, or the educational purposes of the school.
All students who attend any Catholic elementary or secondary school in the Diocese of Belleville are expected, as a condition of continued enrollment, to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies and principles of the school. These principles are set out in the student handbook and in the mission and purpose of the Catholic school, as determined by the school.
Conduct by a student that the school determines is contrary to, or inconsistent with, the Catholic/Christian principles of the school, is grounds for terminating the student’s enrollment in the school. These principles and expectations apply to students both on campus and off campus during school (e.g., extended care, athletics, field trips, etc.) and non-school sponsored programs and events. These principles and expectations apply during and after school hours, and during times when school is in session and when school is out of session.
The school, in its discretion, may determine how to deal with any particular conduct or pattern of conduct depending upon the nature and severity of the problem, surrounding circumstances, and prior record. In some instances, the conduct may be of such a nature that immediate withdrawal may be determined to be appropriate even if it is the first such instance. In cases where the conduct is not as severe or serious, problems may be dealt with using other forms of corrective action, including but not limited to a written warning, suspension from the school, and not participating in or attending school activities, volunteer work, etc.
The school’s procedures for appeal shall be available to students and parents when this policy is implemented.
The students’ interest in receiving a quality, morally-based education can best be served when students, teachers and school officials all work together and set a proper example. Normally, differences between these individuals should be resolved as quickly as possible. In some instances, however, the school may find it necessary, in its discretion, to require parents/guardians to withdraw their child/children when the situation is warranted.
Approved: May 27, 2003
Revised: May 15, 2012
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville