Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in accordance with the policies of the district and the lawful direction of staff. The district has the responsibility to afford students certain rights as guaranteed under federal and state constitiutions and statutes.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Among these student rights and responsibilities are the folowing:
1. Civil Rights - including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, the responsibility not to discriminate against others;
2. The right to attend free public schools, the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school rules essential to permitting others to learn at school;
3. The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion, and decisions, which the student believes injure his/her rights;
4. The right to free inquiry and expression as long as that inquiry or expression does not deter others from learning, the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights;
5. The right to assemble informally, the responsibility not to disrupt the orderly operation of the educational process, nor infringe upon the rights of others;
6. The right to privacy, which includes privacy in respect to the student's educational records;
7. The right to know the behavior standards expected, the responsibility to know the consequences of misbehavior.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT:
The district has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location and while being transported in district-provided transportation. Students will be subject to discipline including detention, suspension, expulsion, loss of award and honors and/or referral to law enforecement officials for the following, including but not limited to:
1. Bringing, possessing, concealing, or using a weapon to or on school property or at an activity under the jurisdiction of the school or at an interscholastic activity administered by a voluntary organization approved by the State Board of Education under ORS 339.430;
2. Substance abuse or any possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco, alcohol, or unlawful drugs, including drug paraphernalia;
3. Assault or menacing of a district employee or another student. Menacing means by word or conduct the student intentionally attemps to place a district employee or another student in fear of imminent serious physical injury;
4. Use of threats, targeted lists, intimidation, harassment, or coercion against any fellow student or district employee;
5. Willful damage or destruction of district property;
6. Willful damage or destruction of private property on district premises or during district activities;
8. Use or display of profane or obscene language;
9. Violations of district transportation rules;
11. Sexual harassment;
12. Disruption of the school environment;
13. Persistent failure to comply with the rules under the lawful directions of staff or district officials;
14. Students who violate Board policy, administrative regulation, includig general computer system user prohibitions shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and/or revocation of district system access up to and including permanent loss of privileges. Violations of law will be reported to law enforcement officials.
Note: Under state and federal law, expulsion from school is required for a period of not less than one year for any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school. The superintendent may modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, in accordance with Oregon law, any person who intentionally possesses a firearm or other dangerous weapon in or on district property or recklessly discharges a firearm in school is subject to criminal prosecution, a maximum of five (5) years imprisonment, $100,000.00 fine and forfeiture of firearm and/or dangerous weapons or both. Any person 13 to 17 years of age convicted of intentionally possessing a firearm in a public building is subject to denial of driving privileges for 90 days.
Dangerous weapon is defined in Oregon law as any weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance that, under the circumstance in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious injury.
Deadly weapon is defined as any instrument, article, or substance specifically designed for and presently capable of causing death or serious injury.
Firearm is define by federal law as any weapon (including a starter gun) that will or is designed to or may redily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This included the frame or receiver of any such weapon or firearm, muffler, or silencer.
Destructive device is defined as any device with an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas component or any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device or from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. A destructive device does not include any device designed primarily or redesigned primarily for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device.
In accordance with the federal Gun-Free School Zone Act, possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone is prohibited. A school zone as defined by federal law means, in or on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds.
In accordance with Oregon law, the superintendent may request that the driving privileges of the student or the right to apply of driving privileges be suspended for no more than one year for any student that has been expelled for bringing a weapon to school or suspended or expelled at least twice for assaulting or menacing a district employee or another student, for willful damage or injury to district property, or for use of threats, intimidation, harassment, or coercion against a district employee or another student.
A second such request for subsequent violation may result in suspension of driving privileges or the right to apply for driving privileges until the student is age 21.
A meeting with the parent or guardian will be held prior to submitting such request to the Department of Transportation.
A student may appeal district decisions regarding driving privileges under established due process procedures for suspensions and expulsions.
TOBACCO USE ON CAMPUS:
In accordance with Oregon law, any person under age 18 possessing a tobacco product commits a Class D violation and is subject to a court imposed fine up to $100.00 as provided by ORS 167.400. Any person who distributes, sells, or causes to be sold, tobacco in any form or a tobacco buring device, to a person under 10 years of age commits a Class A violation and is subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 and not exceeding $600.00 and provided by ORS 163.575. An unlawful drug is any drug not prescribed by a liscenced medical practitioner. Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a student or minor within 1,000 feet of district property is a Class A felony. Punishment is a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, $300,000.00 fine or both as provided by ORS 457.999.