Student Conduct

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Student Conduct
Student Conduct is based upon the Learner Profiles as set out by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Students are expected to be:
Thinkers
Risk takers
Balanced
Open-minded
Caring
Knowledgeable
Reflective
Principled
Inquirers
Communicators

The Student Code of Conduct flows from the Mission and Beliefs of Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) and the IB Learner Profile and assures that there are consequences for all behavior. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all school activities including evening and weekend events as well as school-sanctioned trips, local as well as international. Students are under the authority of all teachers at all times in the classroom and anywhere on campus or while attending or traveling to and from school activities. Infractions of the Student Code of Conduct are divided into two categories; misbehavior and grave (extremely serious) misconduct. BIFS uses a progressive discipline approach when dealing with instances of student misbehavior and student misconduct – wherever necessary a differentiated approach is implemented.

Examples of Misbehavior
Disruptive or inappropriate behavior in class, or in the school generally.
Disruptive or inappropriate behavior while traveling on school buses and/or failing to follow instructions from the bus driver.
Littering, failing to put away garbage, making or leaving a mess in the classroom, the cafeteria or the hallways.
Roughhousing, bothering other students, boisterous behavior.
Failing to obey established classroom expectations.
Other behaviors, which in the judgment of the school disrupt the learning environment.

Consequences for misbehaviour may include:
Being assigned a different seat in the classroom.
Conference or detention with the teacher or administrator.
Parental telephone contact or conference.
Guidance referral or a case conference with teachers and the student.
Being assigned a lunch time or after school detention.
Other consequences as determined by the Administration.

Examples of Grave Misconduct
Persistent misbehavior.
Noncompliance or defiant, argumentative, or oppositional behavior toward teachers.
Possession or use of tobacco products.
Possession or use of illicit drugs or alcohol.
Stealing or being in possession of stolen goods.
Fighting, inciting violence, bullying, harassing, intimidating or issuing threats.
Making verbal or written statements that are bigoted, racist, sexist, or defamatory
Using foul or profane language.
Violating the privacy of others, or subjecting them to ridicule in any way including the use of electronic means such as email, photography, or audio recording.
All forms of vandalism including graffiti.
Possession of a weapon or any behavior that could jeopardize the health and safety of others.
Any form of plagiarism or cheating on an internal or external assignment or exam.
Other behaviors which in the opinion of the school constitute grave misconduct.

Consequences for Grave Misconduct may include:
Referral to administration and detention or out-of-school suspension.
Recording of the referral in the student’s file.
Parental conference, cautionary letter to file, mandatory counseling.
Compensation for damages or restitution of property.
Student placed on behavior probation.
Loss of privileges (such as participation in school events, graduation etc.)
Recommendation for expulsion.
Illegal activities such as the possession, use or distribution of banned substances including drugs and alcohol will be referred to the authorities.
Other consequences as determined by the Administration.

Detention Procedures
Teachers may detain students in their classroom for misbehavior.
Teachers will contact parents when students are required to serve detention after school.
An effort will be made to notify parents of all school detentions and a parent conference may be scheduled for repeat offenders.

Probation
Students will be placed on probation when there is a serious concern related to attendance, behavior or academics. There will be a differentiation made between academic and behavioral probation. Students on probation will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities (school-related). The student’s parents will be notified and a plan of action will be developed. Students will remain on probation until they have reached the conditions outlined in the plan.

Academic probation
Academic probation is defined as any student with outstanding assignments. Repeated failure to submit assignments or to be present for class summatives may also result in a student being placed on academic probation.

Out-of-School Suspension and Recommendation for Expulsion
Out-of-school suspension will be utilized after other disciplinary methods have been used,
except when, in the opinion of the school, an immediate suspension is warranted. Suspended students are responsible for all school work missed during the suspension. They may arrange to come to school before or after regular hours in order to obtain assignments and to submit work. Students must make prior arrangements with School Administration to come to the school.

When, in the judgment of the Head of School and the School’s Administration, it is in the best interest of the school and the other students, a suspended student may be recommended for expulsion. Expulsion is a very serious disciplinary procedure. The student is removed from school for the duration of a semester, a school year or permanently. The expelled student will not be allowed on campus after he/she is expelled.

When a recommendation for expulsion is pending, a student will be suspended while a written recommendation for expulsion is prepared and presented to the school’s Discipline Committee.