Student Conduct Behavior Code

Student Conduct Behavior Code

Level: AccompanyingDescriptor Code:Rescinds
Policy
J-Students
Procedure:
P.JCDA, P.JCDB
JCD May 15, 2014
Descriptor Term:Effective Date:
Student Conduct Behavior Code July 17, 2014
Policy Statement.

Gwinnett County Public Schools ("GCPS" or "District") is committed to creating a safe, positive environment for all of our students, staff, parents, stakeholders, and community partners. GCPS will work to assure that all students and staff are well-motivated, fully aware of their potential and dedicated to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior. GCPS believes that all children can thrive in a safe learning environment. The District utilizes a range of activities to recognize, celebrate, and reward positive behavior at the classroom, school, and district levels.

In addition to this Student Conduct Behavior Code ("Code"), GCPS has various policies that govern conduct in the District. A copy of those policies can be obtained at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us (click on the About tab and then click on Board of Education and Policies) or the Office of the Executive Director of Administration and Policy at 678-301-6005.

Purpose of the Code

GCPS has adopted this Code to support the creation of a safe learning environment for all members of the school community. The purpose of this Code is to state clearly our standards for acceptable conduct of students. The Code also explains the consequences for not meeting these standards of conduct. This Code establishes a strict policy for conduct that endangers the safety of the schools and/or disrupts the educational experience for other students. GCPS does not permit corporal punishment.

The Code also sets forth the discipline procedures for the students who have committed violations of the Code. This Code is not meant to be a contract between the District and the students, and may be amended at any time. It is a place for GCPS to explain certain policies applicable to students.


Scope of the Code

Everyone is entitled to a safe, secure, and orderly environment in which to learn and work. The rules and regulations in this Code are designed toward that end and are effective during the following times and places:
    a. On school grounds at any time;

    b. Off school grounds at a school bus stop, on a school bus, school activity, function, or event;

    c. When either the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim is en route to and/or from school, or to or from a school activity, function or event;

    d. Off school grounds when the behavior of a student (1) could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony or which could result in a felony criminal charge if committed by an adult; and which (2) makes the student's continued presence at school a potential danger to person or property at school or which disrupts the educational process. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.5(c)).

    e. Off school grounds while the student is participating in or attending school-sponsored or school-related activities such as field trips, conferences, or athletic events; or is otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of school authorities;

    f. Off school grounds when the misconduct is directed at a school student or employee and is related to the victim's school affiliation, or when the off-campus conduct directly affects the safety and welfare of the school community or the orderly mission and function of the school; and

    g. Off school grounds and when a student leaves without permission (AWOL) of a school official or any time Rule 10 would apply.
The rules of this Code do not apply to:
    h. Student speech that occurs off campus if the speech is at a non-school sponsored event and does not cause or is not likely to cause a material and substantial disruption to the school environment or a school activity.
Equal Opportunity Statement

The District complies with all federal, state and local laws, and provides an equal opportunity for all students. GCPS prohibits discrimination in admission, grading, discipline and any other activity based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation (known or perceived), gender identity expression (known or perceived), gender, handicap, nationality or citizenship.

All decisions of GCPS will be administered without regard to any of the categories listed above.

Statement of Student Misconduct

The rules in this Code are designed to notify students (grades K-12) as to the types of behaviors that are unacceptable; nevertheless, every specific variation of the prohibited conduct may not have been included. Consequently, students should expect to be disciplined for misconduct that is obviously inappropriate. A specific rule need not be written for every conceivable variation of behavior that directly affects the orderly mission of the school.
References to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated

References to Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) included in the Student Conduct Behavior Code do not require that the elements of the specific criminal code section referenced be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before schools may punish misconduct. Further, these code references do not impose any additional intent requirements upon schools pursuing discipline against students for violation of this code.

When a school rule is violated that may also be a violation of the law, the schools are required to notify the School Resource Officer who will review the incident for possible criminal charges or notification of the District Attorney. Rules that require SRO notification are marked with an asterisk (*).

RULE 1 - DISRUPTION AND INTERFERENCE WITH SCHOOL

No student shall cause or attempt to cause (either directly or indirectly) a disruption or interference with school by any means including but not limited to any of the following behaviors:

    *1A. Pull fire alarm;
    1B. Occupy or block any area of the campus, prevent or attempt to prevent students from attending a class, school activity or event;
    1C. Except under the direct instruction of the principal, block or attempt to block normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus or adjacent grounds;
    *1DA. School disruption. A student may not in any manner, by use of violence, noise, force coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, insult, or other conduct, intentionally or unintentionally cause the disruption of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school;
    1DB. Class disruption. Student behavior that is repetitive or substantially interferes with the teacher's ability to teach and/or students' ability to learn;
    *1DC. Disorderly conduct. Any act that substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment, or poses a threat to the health, safety and/or welfare of students, staff and others;
    1E. Refuse to identify himself/herself upon request of any teacher, principal, superintendent, school bus driver, or other school personnel;
    1F. Urge, encourage, or counsel other students to violate any rules of the Student Conduct Behavior Code;
    1H. Be on campus or enter the premises of a school without proper authorization of the superintendent, principal, or other school personnel;
    1I. Dress inappropriately (including drug, alcohol, or tobacco advertisements, graffiti, etc.) (A list of each prohibited item is available at each local school);
    1J. Willfully fails to leave the premises after being told to do so;
    1Z. Other (list) ____________________________________________


Mandatory Reporting of Repeated and Substantial Class Interference

Teachers in the Gwinnett County School District are required to report any student's violation of the Student Conduct Behavior Code which repeatedly or substantially interferes with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the students in his or her class or with the ability of the students in his or her class to learn. Teachers shall report any such incidents to the principal or the principal's designee within one school day of the most recent occurrence of such behavior. Such report shall not exceed one page and shall describe the behavior. The principal or the principal's designee shall, within one day of receiving such report, send to the student's parents or guardians a copy of the report, and information regarding how the principal or the principal's designee may be contacted. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-737)

Student Removal from Class

A teacher may remove or refer to the principal or designee a student from class if the student has exhibited behavior that repeatedly or substantially interferes with the teacher's ability to teach students in his or her class or the ability of other students to learn in the class. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-738 (a- h)). The superintendent shall fully support the authority of principals and teachers to remove a student from the classroom pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-738.

Where a teacher has previously filed a report of a student's repeated or substantial interference with the classroom or where the behavior of a student poses an immediate threat to the safety of student's classmates or the teacher, the teacher shall have the authority to remove the student from the classroom pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-738. Each school will have a placement review committee. The placement review committee shall be responsible for determining the appropriate placement of a student when the principal recommends that the student be returned to the classroom and the teacher withholds consent for the student's return. The placement review committee shall consist of three members, including two teachers and one alternate teacher chosen by the faculty and a member of the professional staff chosen by the principal. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-738(d))


RULE 2 - DAMAGE, DESTRUCTION OR MISUSE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY OR EQUIPMENT

A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to school property or alter/misuse school technology or any other equipment, including accessing unauthorized areas on the computer. A student shall not steal or attempt to steal school property. A student shall not access/alter school/teacher records. A student shall not possess, sell, use, buy or transmit stolen school property or attempt to possess, sell, use, buy or transmit stolen school property.

The prohibited behaviors include but are not limited to the following:
    *2A. Damage or vandalize school property;
    *2BA Steal school property (valued at less than $300.00);
    *2CA Engage in larceny/theft of school property (valued at $300.00 or more);
    *2DA Possess, use, sell, buy or transmit stolen school property (valued at less than $300.00);
    *2DC Possess, use, sell, buy or transmit stolen school property (valued at $300.00 or more);
    *2I. Alter/misuse technology or any other equipment-hardware or software or school web site/page;
    *2J. Engage in computer trespass (accessing unauthorized areas on the computer/software);
    *2JB. Accessing/altering school/teacher records;
    *2K. Commit First Degree Arson - Knowingly damage or knowingly cause, aid, advise, encourage, hire, counsel, or procure another to damage, by means of fire or explosive, any building, vehicle, railroad car, watercraft, aircraft, or other structure: (a) that is insured without the consent of the insurer and the insured; or (b) under such circumstances that it is reasonably foreseeable that human life might be endangered;
    *2L. Undertake breaking and entering - burglary;
    *2M. Commit arson (by means of fire or explosive a person knowingly damages or knowingly causes, aids, abets, advises, encourages, hires, counsels, or procures another to do damage);
    *2N. Rob or attempt to rob using a threat of intimidation;
    *2O. Commit armed robbery (with intent to commit theft, a person takes property of another by use of any offensive weapon or any replica, article, or device having the appearance of such weapon);
    2P. Compromising test security of an international, national, state or county standardized test;
    *2Z. Other: (list) __________________________________

RULE 3 - DAMAGE, DESTRUCTION OR MISUSE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY

A student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to private property or steal or attempt to steal private property. A student shall not possess, sell, use, buy or transmit stolen private property on school grounds. Further, off schools grounds, a student shall not cause or attempt to cause damage to private property belonging to a school employee where such theft or damage is because of that school employee's performance of his/her official duties. A student shall not sell or buy or attempt to sell or buy personal property on school grounds.

The prohibited behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

    *3AA Damage or vandalize private property of another person (valued at less than $300.00);
    *3AC Damage or vandalize private property (valued at $300.00 or more);
    *3BA Steal private property of another person (valued at less than $300.00);
    *3CA Possess, use, sell, buy, or transmit stolen property (valued at less than $300.00);
    *3CD Possess, use, sell, buy, or transmit stolen property (valued at $300.00 or more);
    *3H. Commit First Degree Arson - Knowingly damage or knowingly cause, aid, advise, encourage, hire, counsel, or procure another to damage, by means of fire or explosive, any building, vehicle, railroad car, watercraft, aircraft, or other structure: (a) that is insured without the consent of the insurer and the insured; or (b) under such circumstances that it is reasonably foreseeable that human life might be endangered;
    *3J. Buy or sell personal property;
    *3LA Engage in larceny/theft of private property (valued at $300.00 or more);
    *3M. Steal or attempt to steal a motor vehicle;
    *3N. Rob or attempt to rob using a threat of intimidation;
    *3O. Commit armed robbery (with intent to commit theft, a person takes property of another by use of an offensive weapon or any replica, article, or device having the appearance of such weapon);
    *3P. Commit arson (by means of fire or explosive a person knowingly damages or knowingly causes, aids, abets, advises, encourages, hires, counsels, or procures another to do damage);
    *3Z. Other: (list) ______________________________


RULE 4 - ABUSE, THREATS, INTIMIDATION, ASSAULT OR BATTERY ON A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE

SECTION A Regardless of intent, a student shall not:

Make oral or written communication, create a document, or make a symbolic gesture or contact of a threatening, undermining, or provoking nature to or about a school employee or in the presence of a school employee. This includes, but is not limited to, disrespectful conduct, insult, use of profanity, ethnic, racial, sexual, disability, or religious slur, or harassment and includes the development of a "hit list", "people to kill", "people to shoot", or a statement about bringing a weapon to school and injuring people.

The prohibited behaviors below include but are not limited to the following:
    4AA. Oral threat/verbal assault;
    4AB. Written threat;
    4AC. Rude and/or disrespectful conduct including but not limited to symbolic gestures and insults;
    4AF. Use of profanity;
    *4AG. Ethnic, racial, sexual, religious, or disability slur;
    *4AL. Harassment - Repeated words (verbal or written), conduct, or action that annoys, alarms, or causes distress and serves no legitimate purpose;
    *4AM. Any expression (oral, written, or gesture) which has the effect of undermining the authority of the school employee or distracting staff and/or students from the learning environment, including writings of a threatening or provoking nature;
    *4AN. Terroristic threats (threatening to commit any crime of violence or to burn or damage property with the purpose of terrorizing another or of causing the evacuation of a building);
*4AO Posturing to inflict physical harm. Any action or gesture directed toward a school employee that places the school employee in reasonable fear of immediate physical harm;
    4AZ. Other: (list) __________________________________

SECTION B A student shall not:

Cause or attempt to cause physical injury or behave in such a way that could reasonably cause physical injury or make physical contact of a threatening or provoking nature to a school employee.

The prohibited behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

    4BA. Behavior that could cause physical injury;
    4BB. Unintentional behavior that caused physical injury to employee;
    *4BC. Intentional physical contact of a threatening or provoking nature to employee;
    *4BD. Aggravated battery (maliciously causing bodily harm to another by depriving him or her of a member of his or her body, or by rendering a member of his or her body useless, or by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof);
    *4BE. Homicide/murder;
    *4BF. Kidnapping (seizure, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will);
    *4BG. Voluntary manslaughter;
    *4BH. Enter without permission the private property of a school employee and/or deface/damage/vandalize such property;
    *4BI Intentional physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature that caused physical injury to an employee;
    *4BZ. Other: (list) _________________________
    Rule 4B also applies off school grounds when the misconduct by the alleged perpetrator is because of the school employee's performance of his/her official duties.
Intentional Physical Contact with a Teacher, Bus Driver, or Other School Employee

Any student who intentionally makes physical contact of a threatening or provoking nature with a teacher, bus driver, school official, or other school employee shall be suspended and brought before a disciplinary hearing.

The minimum penalty for a student found in violation of Rule 4BC shall be suspension from public school until the end of the school year. Any hearing finding a student in violation of Rule 4BC may impose a more severe penalty in its discretion. This minimum penalty shall not be applied in conflict with federal law.

Any student found in violation of Rule 4BI shall be expelled from the public school system for the remainder of their eligibility to attend public school. The following exceptions apply: (1) The Board of Education, in its discretion, may allow a student found in violation of Rule 4BD to attend the alternative school, (2) the Board of Education, in its discretion and upon the recommendation of the disciplinary hearing, may allow a student in grades 6-8 to return to the public school system for grades 9-12, (3) the Board of Education, in its discretion, may allow a student in grades K-5 to return to the public school system, (4) permanent expulsion will not be imposed where this penalty would infringe any right created under federal law, and (5) permanent expulsion will not be imposed where the student acts in defense as provided in O.C.G.A . 16-3-21. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.6; 20-2-751.4)


RULE 5 - ABUSE, THREATS, INTIMIDATION, ASSAULT OR BATTERY BY A STUDENT ON ANOTHER STUDENT OR TO ANY OTHER PERSON NOT EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL

SECTION A Regardless of intent, a student shall not:

Make oral or written communication, create a document, or make a symbolic gesture or contact of a threatening, distracting, or provoking nature to or about a person/student or in the presence of a person/student. This includes, but is not limited to, bullying, disrespectful conduct, insult, use of profanity; ethnic, racial, sexual, disability, or religious slur; or harassment and includes the development of a "hit list", "people to kill", "people to shoot", or a statement about bringing a weapon to school and injuring people.

The prohibited behaviors below include but are not limited to the following:
    5AA. Oral threat/Intimidation (fear of bodily harm)/verbal assault;
    5AB. Written threat;
    5AC. Rude and/or disrespectful conduct including but not limited to symbolic gestures and insults;
    5AD. Bullying; (See note on bullying and state law below.)
    5AF. Use of profanity;
    5AG. Ethnic, racial, sexual, religious or disability slur;
    *5AL. Harassment - Repeated words (verbal or written), conduct, or action that annoys, alarms, or causes distress and serves no legitimate purpose;
    5AO. Posturing to fight;
    *5AR. Terroristic threats (threatening to commit any crime of violence or to burn or damage property with the purpose of terrorizing another or of causing the evacuation of a building);
    5AZ. Other: (list) ____________________________

State law defines "bullying" as: 1) any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so; 2) any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily injury or harm; or 3) any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate that: a) causes substantial physical harm; b) substantially interferes with a student's education; c) is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating/threatening educational environment; or d) disrupts the orderly operation of school. Upon finding that a student in grades 6 - 12 has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, such student shall be assigned to an alternative school. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4) Retaliation for reports of bullying will not be tolerated and will be subject to independent disciplinary action.

SECTION B A student shall not:

Cause or attempt to cause physical injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause bodily injury to any student/person. A student shall not engage in any behavior that threatens the safety or well-being of another person or has the likelihood of provoking a fight.

The prohibited behaviors below include but are not limited to the following:
    5BA. Pushing and shoving;
    5BB. Fighting;
    *5BC. Battery (when one individual physically attacks or beats up on another individual);
    5BD. Behavior that could cause physical injury;
    5BE. Behavior that caused physical injury to another student;
    5BF. Physical contact of a threatening or provoking nature to another student;
    *5BG. Aggravated battery (maliciously causing bodily harm to another by depriving him or her of a member of his or her body, or by rendering a member of his or her body useless, or by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof);
    *5BH. Homicide/murder;
    *5BI. Kidnapping (seizure, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will);
    *5BK. Hazing;
    *5BM. Voluntary manslaughter;
    5BZ. Other: (list) __________________________________


RULE 6 - WEAPONS, DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS AND EXPLOSIVE, OR IMPLOSIVE DEVICES

A student shall not solicit to buy or sell, or buy or sell or possess, handle, transmit, threaten with or discharge/use, any object that can reasonably be considered or converted to and/or used as a weapon such as, but not limited to knives; guns; pellet guns; brass knuckles; fire works; lighters, tear gas, mace, explosives, pepper spray; bats (other than for athletics); clubs, sticks or other instruments of a bludgeoning type; Chinese stars; razors; projectiles and the like.

The prohibited behaviors below include but are not limited to possession of the following:
    *6A. Knife less than 2 inches (any type);
    *6B. Knife 2 inches or more (any type);
    *6C. Handgun (firearm, any type);
    *6D. Rifle or shotgun (firearm, any type);
    *6EA. BB/pellet gun (firearm, any type);
    *6EB. BB/pellet rifle (firearm, any type);
    *6F. Toy or any look-a-like gun;
    *6G. Destructive device (bomb, grenade, mine, rocket, missile, pipe bomb or similar device);
    *6H. Brass knuckles or metal knucks;
    *6I. Fire works;
    *6IA. Accelerants (any liquid/aerosol, etc. which may be used to start or perpetuate a fire or other hazardous condition);
    *6K. Tear gas, mace or pepper spray;
    *6L. Bats, clubs, sticks or other instruments of a bludgeoning type (other than for athletics);
    *6N. Razors or razor blades;
    *6O. Spring stick/expandable baton;
    *6P. Blackjack;
    *6Q. Nun chahka, nun check, nunchaku, shuriken, fighting chain, [any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely];
    *6R. Throwing star, oriental dart, or any disc having two or more points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled;
    *6S. Taser/Stun gun;
    *6Z. Other: (list) __________________________________


Possession of a Firearm, Dangerous Weapon or Hazardous Object on School Property or at School Functions

Students are prohibited from possessing firearms (as defined by O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1), dangerous weapons (as defined by O.C.G.A. 16-11-121) or hazardous objects (as defined by O.C.G.A. 20-2-751), while on school property or at school functions. A student shall be excluded from school for one calendar year for possessing on school grounds or at a school function a firearm (as defined by O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1) or a dangerous weapon (as defined by O.C.G.A. 16-11-121), provided that all hearing officers, tribunals, panels, administrators, the superintendent, and the Gwinnett County Board of Education shall have the discretion to impose a lesser or more harsh, appropriate consequence on a case-by-case basis for any such offense. Any student possessing a hazardous object (as defined by the O.C.G.A. 20-2-751), while on school property or at school functions, shall receive disciplinary consequences in the discretion of the hearing officer, tribunal, panel, administrator, the superintendent, or the Gwinnett County Board of Education, and consistent with the Gwinnett County Board of Education's policies and procedures. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751; 20-2-751.1)


RULE 7 - DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO

Section A

A student shall not be involved in any substance, drug, alcohol or tobacco transaction, including, without limitation to buy, possess, sell, use, transmit, solicit; attempt to buy, possess, sell, use, or transmit; or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, depressant or stimulant drug including without limitation caffeine pills, hallucinogenic drug, anabolic steroid, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, inhalant, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind. A student shall not possess, sell, buy or transmit, or attempt to sell, buy or transmit any substance under the pretense that it is, in fact, a prohibited substance as described in this rule. The misuse or unauthorized possession of a prescription drug or nonprescription drug shall be considered a violation of this rule; however, this rule shall not apply to proper possession and/or use of a drug as authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician.

The prohibited substances and behaviors below include but are not limited to the following:

    *7AA. Alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind;
    *7AB. Amphetamine/methamphetamine drug [schedule II];
    *7AD. Anabolic steroid [schedule III];
    *7AE. Controlled drug or controlled substance {ex. Ritalin, Adderall, Phenobarbital, Percocet, OxyContin, Xanax, etc.};
    *7AF. Marijuana (including synthetics)
    *7AG. LSD [schedule I];
    *7AH. Cocaine [schedule II];
    *7AJ. Heroin [schedule I];
    *7AK. Inhalants (any volatile solvents, aerosols, anesthetics, or volatile nitrites) [ex. glue, paint thinner, hair spray, Pam, ether, etc.];
    *7AL. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (ex. NoDoz, Vivarin, asthma medicines, energy/diet pills, aspirins, herb pills, etc.);
    *7AN. Look alike substance (under the pretense);
    *7AO. Marijuana (felony - selling - including possession of marijuana that is packaged for distribution or possession of one ounce or more)
    *7AP. Offering, requesting, and/or receiving of a substance;
    *7AQ. Furnishing/providing/selling of a substance;
    *7AR. Non-controlled prescription drug (ex. Prozac, Seroquel, Amoxicillin, etc.);
    *7AZ. Other: (list) __________________________________
Self-administration of asthma medication and prescription auto-injectable epinephrine is permitted with written parental approval and required documentation to the principal or his or her designee. See administrator for completion of proper county form/procedures.

SECTION B

A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, buy or solicit any drug-related paraphernalia which includes, but is not limited to, pipes, water pipes, clips, rolling papers, or any other items related to drug use or depicting drugs or drug use except where such items are related to approved curriculum.

The prohibited paraphernalia below include but are not limited to the following:
    *7BA. Pipes, water pipes, clips, rolling papers, or other objects used for drug use;
    *7BB. Photographs, drawings or depictions of drugs, drug use, or objects used for drug use;
    *7BZ. Other: (list) __________________________________
SECTION C
    A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, buy or solicit tobacco products, or tobacco paraphernalia such as, but not limited to, matches, lighters, pipes, rolling papers and the like.

    The prohibited paraphernalia below include but are not limited to the following:
      7CA. Tobacco products (ex. cigarettes, electronic cigarettes [any type] dip, snuff, cigars, etc.);
      7CB. Tobacco paraphernalia (ex. Matches, lighters, rolling papers and the like);
      7CZ. Other: (list) __________________________________


    RULE 8 - DISREGARD OF DIRECTIONS OR COMMANDS

    A student shall not fail to comply with reasonable directions or commands of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, administrators, school bus drivers, or other authorized school personnel.

    The prohibited behaviors include but are not limited to the following:
      8A. Failure to follow directions or commands of staff;
      8B. Failure to follow written directions, local school rules or regulations;
      8Z. Other: (list) __________________________________

    RULE 9 - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/INDECENCY

    A student shall not engage in any act of sexual harassment of a physical nature or verbal nature. A student shall not perform any act of indecent exposure, lewd exposure, gesture or lewd caress or indecent fondling/touching of the student's own body or the body of another person, or any act of sexual intercourse. A student shall not allow another student/person to commit a lewd or indecent act to the body of oneself. A student shall not use any inappropriate gestures that mimic or imply sexual acts or engage in any acts of "streaking" or "mooning" as those terms are commonly understood. Such acts will not be regarded lightly or considered pranks.

    A student shall not possess, view, copy, sell, buy or transmit printed or non-printed pornographic materials including any non-curricular sexually explicit printed or non-printed materials; or a student shall not possess, view, copy, sell, buy or transmit printed or non-printed pornographic materials including but not limited to non-curricular materials depicting the human male or female genitals or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering.

    The prohibited behaviors include but are not limited to the following:
      *9A. Sexual harassment (physical or verbal), deliberate, repeated, and unsolicited physical actions, gestures, or verbal or written comments of a sexual nature;
      *9B. Lewd (sexual) exposure (any act of) (This includes "streaking" and "mooning.");
      *9C. Obscene and/or indecent gestures or gestures that mimic or imply sexual intercourse;
      *9D. Lewd caress or indecent fondling/touching of the student's own body;
      *9E. Lewd caress or indecent fondling/touching of the body of another person;
      *9F. Sexual intercourse;
      *9G. Oral sex or any act of sodomy;
      *9H. Aggravated sexual battery (intentionally penetrating with a foreign object the sexual organ or anus of another person without the consent of that person);
      *9I. Pornographic materials. Possession or transmission by any means of descriptions, images, recordings, or other materials involving the display of genitals, pubic area, buttocks or breasts;
      *9IB. Sexually Exploitative/Sexually Explicit materials. Possession or transmission by any means of descriptions, images, recordings or other materials involving (a) sexual acts of any type, (b) exposure of the genitals, pubic area, breasts or buttocks of a minor, or (c) other graphic sexual content;
      *9J. Kissing or any act of intimacy;
      *9K. Aggravated child molestation (An offense of child molestation which physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy);
      *9L. Aggravated sodomy (performing or submitting to any sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another with force and against the will or the other person or when he or she commits sodomy with a person who is less than ten years of age);
      *9M. Rape (a person commits the offense of rape when he has carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will, or a female who is less than 10 years of age. Carnal knowledge in rape occurs when there is any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ);
      *9N. Sexual battery (Intentional physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person);
      *9O. Allowing another student/person to commit a lewd or indecent act to the body of oneself;
      *9Z. Other: (list)___________________________________

    RULE 10 - UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

    A student shall not be absent from school or from any class or other required school function during required school hours except for illness or other providential cause, except with written permission of the teacher, principal, or other duly authorized school official. A student may not leave school grounds prior to the end of the school day, after his/her initial arrival on campus, without the permission of a duly authorized school official.

    The prohibited behaviors include but are not limited to the following:
      10A. Tardy to class;
      10B. Tardy to school;
      10C. AWOL from class (Absent without official leave);
      10D. AWOL from school;
      10E. Unexcused absence (Failure to comply with compulsory school attendance law);
      10Z. Other: (list) __________________________________


    RULE 11 - OTHER CONDUCT WHICH IS SUBVERSIVE TO GOOD ORDER

    A student shall not perform any other act which is subversive to good order and discipline in the schools. This includes, but is not limited to, violation of local school rules; violation of state and federal law; involvement in criminal gang-related behavior and/or criminal gang conduct as defined and prohibited by O.C.G.A. 16-15-3 and 16-15-4; providing false information to school personnel; unauthorized possession or inappropriate use of laser pointers, and electronic communications devices (including tape recorders, radios, CD Players, MP3 players, video games, and televisions); loitering or trespassing, providing false information to or about school personnel, or community misconduct that would be so serious as to pose a threat to the school community.

    A student shall not hold oneself out as a member of a criminal street gang identified by the Gwinnett County Gang Taskforce by one's mode of dress, means and method of communication including the use of handsigns, or the possession or publication of gang writings/symbols.

    Subject to the rules listed below, the Gwinnett County BOE permits students to possess electronic pagers or communication devices on a limited basis and provides local school principals with the authority to set forth rules pertaining to student possession and use of such devices at their individual schools.

    The prohibited behaviors below include but are not limited to the following:
      11A. Violation of local school rules (state specific rule);
      *11C. Criminal gang-related activity (as defined by O.C.G.A.16-15-3 and 16-15-4) including but not limited to:
      *11C1. Conduct or participate in a criminal street gang through criminal gang activity as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-15-3;
      *11C2. Acquire, maintain, directly or indirectly, through criminal gang activity or proceeds derived there from any interest in or control of any real or personal property of any nature, including money;
      *11C3. Engage in, directly or indirectly, or conspire to engage in criminal gang activity while acting as an organizer, supervisor or other position of management with regard to a criminal street gang;
      *11C4. Cause, encourage, solicit, or coerce another to participate in a criminal street gang;
      *11C5. Communicate, directly or indirectly, with another any threat of injury or damage to the person or property of the other person or to any associate or relative of the other person with the intent to deter such person from assisting a member or associate of a criminal street gang to withdraw from such criminal street gang;
      *11C6. Communicate, directly or indirectly, with another any threat of injury or damage to the person or property of the other person or to any associate or relative of the other person with the intent to punish or retaliate against such person for having withdrawn from a criminal street gang;
      *11C7. While employed by or associated with a criminal street gang, commit any offense enumerated in O.C.G.A. 16-15-3 with knowledge that members of such criminal street gang have committed one or more of such offenses;
      *11C8. Commit any offense enumerated in O.C.G.A. 16-15-3 with the intent to maintain or increase his or her status or position in a criminal street gang;
      11E. Provide false information and/or forgery;
      11F. Cheating;
      11G Gambling;
      11H. Plagiarism;
      11I. Foul language (profane or vulgar language not directed at another person) on school property or at a school-sponsored event;
      11K. Laser pointers;
      11L. Unauthorized use during school hours of electronic devices including but not limited to: tape recorders, radios, CD players, MP3 players, video games, and televisions;
      11N. Loitering;
      *11O. Criminal trespassing;
      *11P. Community misconduct that would pose a threat to the school community. Any off campus behavior of a student which (1) could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony or which could result in a felony criminal charge if committed by an adult; and which (2) makes the student's continued presence at school a potential danger to person or property at school or which disrupts the educational process;
      *11S. Other felony-Behavior of a student which could result in the student being charged criminally with a felony or which could result in a felony criminal charge if committed by an adult: (list);
      *11T. Holding oneself out as a member of a criminal street gang identified by the Gwinnett County Gang Taskforce by more than one of the following: one's mode of dress, means and method of communication including the use of handsigns, the possession or publication of gang writings/symbols, or admission of membership;
      *11U. Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or school employee toward a student;
      11Z. Other Non-Felony: (list) __________________________________

    RULE 12 - REPEATED VIOLATIONS/MISBEHAVIOR/CHRONIC DISCIPLINARY PROBLEM STUDENTS

    Students who chronically disrupt or repeatedly violate other school rules may be charged with repeated violations of school rules or misbehavior. This rule applies after remediation attempts, including the development and implementation of a student disciplinary and behavioral correction plan.

      12A. Chronically disrupt or repeatedly violate other school rules;
      12Z. Other: (list) __________________________________

    The student and parent must be notified in advance that once the student has been placed on a Rule 12, all subsequent violations will lead to an escalation in consequences and may lead to an independent Rule 12 charge and a disciplinary hearing.


    RULE 13 - SCHOOL BUS INFRACTIONS

    No student shall cause or attempt to cause (either directly or indirectly) a disruption or interference with a school bus by any means including but not limited to any of the following behaviors:
      *13A. Disruption of school bus. A student shall not in any manner use violence, force, fear, threat or other conduct to disrupt or interfere with a bus driver's ability to operate a bus safely;
      *13B. Throwing objects at the driver;
      13C. Failure to follow directions, rules or regulations;
      13D. Use of mirrors, lasers, flash cameras or any other lights or reflective devices during the operation of a school bus without the permission of the driver;
      13E. Posturing to fight;
      *13F. Fighting;
      13G. Diverting or distracting the driver's attention;
      13H. Throwing objects on the bus or out the bus window;
      13I. Excessive noise;
      13J. Use of any electronic device during the operation of a bus, including but not limited to cell phones, pagers, audible radios, tape or compact disc players without headphones;
      13Z. Other (list):__________________________________
    Note: All other GCPS rules still apply while on a school bus or at the bus stop.

    Safety is the first priority while transporting students to and from school. While on a school bus, the bus driver/manager is the school official who has supervisory responsibility of students. Drivers must be able to concentrate on their driving at all times. A momentary distraction from their concentration can lead to a serious accident resulting in injury or death. The safety and well-being of each student depend on everyone following the standards of conduct outlined in this Code. That safety is why certain infractions have a different level of consequences or are singled out as school bus infraction.
      If a student is found to have engaged in bullying or other acts of physical violence such as physical assault or battery of another person on the school bus, a meeting with the student's parents or guardian and appropriate school officials will be required in order to develop a school bus behavior contract for the student. (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.5)

      Note: Any student, who receives an in-school suspension for a bus infraction may forfeit his bus-riding privileges on the day(s) of suspension.

      Note: All rules with asterisks may result in notification of the SRO for potential referral to the District Attorney.

      Gwinnett County Public Schools Code of Conduct for Athletes

      Participation in interscholastic athletic competitions is a privilege extended to the students by the Board of Education. Students participating in Georgia High School Association (GHSA) extracurricular athletic activities act as representatives of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). All students are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to meet the highest standards of GCPS at all times.

      The Code of Conduct is designed to establish high expectations and standards for all students participating in GHSA sanctioned athletic activities. All students, parents, and coaches understand that the top priority is academic achievement. The Code of Conduct establishes high expectations regarding behavior and consistent consequences when violations occur.

      The Code of Conduct goes into effect on the first day a student joins a GCPS high school athletic team. The Code remains in effect for the entire calendar year, including time when school is not in session.

      The offenses and consequences listed below are in addition to (not in lieu of) any school or criminal consequences associated with the student misconduct.

      All consequences listed in this Code of Conduct are minimum standards. The coach has the discretion to set consequences over and above the minimum standards.

      CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

      Violation A: Students given Long-Term (exceeding ten days) Suspension (With or without GIVE option)

      Consequence: Ineligible to attend or participate in any athletic or extracurricular activity during time of suspension

      Violation B: Arrest for, or charged with the commission of any act that is a felony or would constitute a felony if committed by an adult. (regardless of location or time of the alleged act; in or out of school)

      Consequence: Immediate suspension from all participation until such time as:

      a. School officials determine that the student did not commit the act(s) or other felony conduct; or

      b. Local prosecutors dismiss or drop all pending charges and petitions; or

      c. The student pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge, in which case refer to Violation D listed in this
      Code; or

      d. The student is convicted and sentenced to a felony or is adjudicated delinquent in the Juvenile Court
      of conduct which if committed by an adult could be charged as a felony and serves any and all
      portions of the sentence including all periods of probation.
      For the following violations (C, D and E), the school administration must have valid evidence and/or verification of the violation as defined in the following:

      1. Self-admitted involvement by the student
      2. Witnessed student involvement by the sponsor, coach , or any staff member
      3. Parent admission of their student’s involvement in tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
      4. Verified by official police report given to the school
      5. Evidence of violations through investigation by school officials
        If the offense occurs at school or on school property (at any time), off school grounds, at a school-sponsored activity, function, or event or en route to and from school, the student will be subject to the actions described in the Student Conduct Behavior Code (Policy JCD) and the following consequences for extracurricular activities.


        Violation C: Tobacco (any type)

        Consequence:

        1st Offense - Consequence determined by approved local school athletic/extracurricular policy

        2nd Offense - Suspension from athletic extracurricular competition for a minimum of 10% of the remainder of the season

        3rd Offense - Dismissed from team but allowed to try out for subsequent athletic extracurricular activities after that sport/activity has completed its season


        Violation D: Alcohol/Other Drugs (Possession and/or Use)/Misdemeanor Criminal Law Violations

        Consequences: Coach/Sponsor and Administrator will meet with the student and parent(s) or guardian

        1st Offense – Consequence determined by approved local school athletic/extracurricular policy

        2nd Offense - Suspension from athletic extracurricular competition for a minimum of 20% of the remainder of the season

        3rd Offense – Suspension from all athletic extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year


        Violation E: Violations of school rules that result in ISS or OSS

        Consequences:

        In-School Suspension - Participation may resume when student is released from ISS. Student cannot participate on the day s/he is released from ISS.

        Out-of-School Suspension (Short Term – not exceeding 10 days) – Participation may resume after suspension is served – Policy JDD


        Violation F: Hazing

        Consequences: Coach/Sponsor and Administrator will meet with the student and parent(s) or guardian.

        1st Offense - Suspension from any athletic extracurricular activity for a minimum of 10% of the remainder of the season

        2nd Offense - Suspension from all athletic extracurricular activities for remainder of school year