St. Charles College is a caring Catholic co-educational community that fosters a positive school climate so that our students learn to become self-directed, responsible life-long learners. Appropriate student behaviour and early, ongoing intervention, along with preventative education is integral to ensuring the safety of our students. The code of conduct is enforced through a progressive discipline program which supports bully prevention, character education, student leadership and community partnerships.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
St. Charles College requires more than minimal academic work.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner as articulated in the motto: Goodness, Discipline, Knowledge.
To achieve this, students have certain rights and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to the right to:
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
• comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
• shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;
• refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
• follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own action.
DUTIES OF STUDENTS
The Ontario Education Act, Regulation 298, Section 23 states:
(1) A pupil shall,
(a) be diligent in attempting to master such studies as are part of the program in which the pupil is enrolled;
(b) exercise self-discipline;
(c) accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent;
(d) attend classes punctually and regularly;
(e) be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers;
(f) be clean in person and habits;
(g) take such tests and examinations as are required by or under the Act or as may be directed by the Minister; and
(h) show respect for school property.
(2) When a pupil returns to school after an absence, a parent of the pupil, or the pupil where the pupil is an adult, shall give reason for the absence orally or in writing as the Principal requires.
(3) A pupil may be excused by the Principal from attendance at school temporarily at any time at the written request of a parent of the pupil or the pupil where the pupil is an adult.
(4) Every pupil is responsible for his or her conduct to the Principal of the school that the pupil attends,
(a) on the school premises;
(b) on out-of-school activities that are part of the school program; and
(c) while travelling on a school bus that is under contract to a board.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
RESPECT, CIVILITY AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
All school members must:
• respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
• demonstrate honesty and integrity;
• respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
• treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement;
• respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
• respect the rights of others;
• show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
• take appropriate measures to help those in need;
• respect persons who are in a position of authority;
• respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.
• not swear at a teacher or another person in a position of authority.
All members of the school community must not:
• engage in bullying behaviours;
• commit sexual assault;
• traffic weapons or illegal drugs;
• give alcohol to a minor;
• commit robbery;
• be in possession of any weapon, including firearms;
• use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
• cause injury to any person with an object;
• be in possession of, or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs;
• inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;
• engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias;
• commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school
ACTIVITIES LEADING TO POSSIBLE SUSPENSION
A principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.
2. Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
3. Being under the influence of alcohol.
4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.
5. Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupilís school or to property located on the premises of the pupilís school.
7. Any other activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board.
ACTIVITIES LEADING TO SUSPENSION AND POSSIBLE EXPULSION
A principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
1. Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm.
2. Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person.
3. Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner.
4. Committing sexual assault.
5. Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.
6. Committing robbery.
7. Giving alcohol to a minor.
8. Any other activity that, under a policy of a board, is an activity for which a principal must suspend a pupil and, therefore in accordance with this Part, conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the board that the pupil be expelled.