5142 Policy

 Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of
Belleville

Policy 5142

STUDENTS

Student Conduct and Safety

A safe, respectful, and pleasant environment that is conducive to prayer, faith formation and learning, is the highest priority for all schools in the Diocese of Belleville.

Reporting

Any student, faculty member, or staff shall immediately report a violation of this policy to the principal, if available, if not then to the individual in charge of the school at that time.

Possession of Weapon

Students who are in possession of a weapon are subject to a variety of disciplinary actions.  The principal of the school will take immediate action upon learning that a student has or had possession of a weapon in violation of this policy. This action includes, but is not limited to, immediate suspension of the student into the custody of parent/guardian. Other disciplinary actions may be imposed including but not limited to a multiple-day suspension of up to and including, ten days as well as expulsionThe principal shall determine the disciplinary measure to be applied in the circumstances.  When a student is suspended and the principal mandates such action, then a satisfactory psychological evaluation by a licensed mental health professional must be completed prior to the student being allowed to return to school. The principal shall determine whether the results of the psychological evaluation would allow for an acceptable reentry of the student to the school to allow a safe environment for the students and faculty at the school. 

The ban on possession of any type of weapon should be stated in the student/parent policy manual. Weapons include firearms, ammunition, sling shots, stun guns, swords, any type of knife (including pocket knives), mace, pepper mace (except as noted below), explosive devices or any other object or device that serves no educational purpose and which the principal determines is or was possessed by the individual with the purpose of causing physical harm or dangerously disrupting school activity. A weapon excludes any device or equipment, unless the equipment is brought with the intention of doing harm, that is commonly used in a sport activity sanctioned by or sponsored by the school (i.e., baseball bats, javelins, hockey sticks, etc.).  Possession includes having the weapon on your person, or in a place which the student controls, including but not limited to, locker, book bag, purse, satchel or vehicle on school property. The principal shall determine whether the weapon left in a vehicle will warrant disciplinary action based on the circumstances and type of weapon as determined by the principal. Students should clearly understand that such things as a pocket knife may not be carried to school, even if there is no intent to use it in a harmful manner.  The principal shall determine the disciplinary action, including whether expulsion or suspension of a length determined by the principalwill be levied on any student who is found to be in possession of a weapon to, from, or within the school (including any property used by the school); or to, from, or at any school sanctioned activity, a school function, or at any school activity that was organized by a school representative. Any student determined to be in possession of a weapon in violation of this policy may be reported to the police as determined by the principal.

Each school may elect to formulate its own policy and procedures permitting their students to possess small canisters of pepper spray of the type legally permissible for the general public to purchase and carry for personal security.  In general, such canisters shall have a capacity of less than two ounces and contain no more than 5 percent pepper substances.

Serious Violent Behavior Including Assault, Battery and Arson

Students who engage in serious violent behavior are subject to a variety of disciplinary actions.  The principal of the school will take immediate action upon learning that a student has engaged in serious violent behavior in violation of this policy.  The disciplinary actions that may apply to the situations, include but are not limited to, warnings, probation, a single day suspension, a multi-day suspension (in or out of school) of up to and including ten (10) days or expulsion.  When a student is suspended and the principal mandates such action, then a satisfactory psychological evaluation by a licensed mental health professional must be completed prior to the student being allowed to return to school.  The principal shall determine whether the results of the psychological evaluation, if mandated, would allow for an acceptable reentry of a student to the school to allow for a continued safe environment for the students and faculty at the school.  The serious violent behavior includes any such behavior, as determined by the principal, that occurs within the school or any school property (including any property used by the school) to, from, or at any school activity, a school function or at any school activity that was organized by a school representative.

The determination of serious violent behavior will be determined by the principal taking into account various factors including the type of behavior, the potential for harm, the seriousness of the activity, and any other factor the principal may determine relevant. 

Any student determined to have engaged in serious violent behavior may be reported to the police, as determined by the principal. 

Harassment, Threats and Theft

Students who engage in acts of harassment, threats, and theft are also subject to a variety of disciplinary actions.  Any violation of these policies include activity taken on school property (including any property used by the school), to, from or at a school sanctioned activity, a school function, or at any school activity that was organized by a school representative.  These measures may include, but are not limited to, warnings, probation, single and multiple-day in or out of school suspensions, expulsion and restitution as determined by the principal.

The principal shall determine when an act of harassment, threats, or theft reaches a level of seriousness that would warrant the disciplinary action mentioned above.  Each local school board shall establish, in consultation with the principal, a local policy consistent with this policy stating the criteria regarding levels of severity and types of violations necessitating disciplinary actions and whether such information shall be reported to the police. These policies would include: cost, damage, level of injury, and types of theft.

Further, it shall be the policy of the Diocesan Board of Education that when appropriate the school shall recover damages from the parents or guardians of any minor, or from any person who has initiated or taken part in such acts.

Approved:       May 17, 2016


The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville

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