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Canadian Independent Code of Conduct
Updated October 2012


Introduction
Canadian Independent College takes all necessary actions to ensure personal safety and security in our school. We rely on parents/guardians, staff members and the community working together to help students develop the self-esteem, mutual respect and self-discipline they need to grow to their fullest potential as responsible citizens in our society. Our safe and secure school policies support the position that all students require a safe learning environment. These policies are in compliance with the Education Act, the Ministry of Education's safe schools initiatives and other appropriate legislation.

Safe Schools Act
The Safe Schools Act details many requirements related to safe school issues and consequences for students who do not meet behavior expectations. Key areas of the Act include: progressive discipline; consideration of mitigating factors; access to school premises; criminal background checks for all staff; a mandatory police protocol; code of conduct; student suspensions; student expulsions and dress code for students.


Code of Conduct
The Ministry of Education requires that all schools develop a Code of Conduct that communicates the expected standards of behavior to all members of the school community, including students, parents, guardians, volunteers, staff and visitors. Canadian Independent College recognizes that all members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school. With this right comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate.


All members of the Canadian Independent College community are to be treated with respect and dignity. Violence and physically aggressive behaviour are totally unacceptable as are their use in resolving conflict. The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person is equally unacceptable. Alcohol and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard and not welcome or tolerated.


Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Canadian Independent College recognizes that inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards another member of the community requires a serious response.
In the following articulation of policies and procedures, Canadian Independent College reserves its right to apply a full range of sanctions, including expulsion, to any offence. Further, policies and procedures are subject to review and may be changed or amended at an appropriate time without notice.

 

Code of Conduct
Self-discipline and a willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions and conduct are fundamental to the Code of Conduct.
The standards of behaviour apply to all members of Canadian Independent College: students, faculty, parents, administration, staff, whether on school property, in student residences, on school buses or at school-authorized events or activities.
Standards of Behaviour relating to Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship
All members of the school community 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 disagreement;
  • respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
  • respect the rights of others;
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need;
  • seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
  • dress in a manner that is appropriate for school activities with regard to exposure, cleanliness and/or message;
  • respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority;
  • respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching;
  • not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
 

Standards of Behaviour relating to Safety
All members of the school community must not:

  • 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 under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal/restricted drugs;
  • provide others with alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs;
  • be under the influence of a noxious substance, such as glue or gasoline;
  • be in contravention of the Tobacco Control Act;
  • inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;
  • engage in bullying behaviours;
  • commit sexual assault;
  • traffic in weapons or illegal/restricted drugs;
  • give alcohol to a minor;
  • commit robbery;
  • 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.


Inappropriate Behaviour
Examples of inappropriate behaviour include, but are not limited to:

    academic dishonesty;
  • swearing at a teacher or other person in authority;
  • acts of vandalism causing damage to school property or property located on school premises;
  • student possession of alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • students being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • trafficking in weapons or illegal drugs;
  • selling alcohol or giving alcohol to a minor;
  • harassment of any kind;
  • bullying, intimidating or threatening another person;
  • fighting;
  • gambling;
  • possessing weapons, including a firearm;
  • using a weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person;
  • physically or sexually assaulting another person;
  • committing theft, robbery or extortion;
  • possessing explosive substances;
  • distributing hate material;
  • hate-motivated violence;
  • inappropriate use of electronic communications/media; including accessing inappropriate materials on the Internet; posting offensive comments on personal or commercial websites
  • unauthorized absence from campus;
  • unexcused absence from school activities;
  • absence from residence after curfew;
  • unauthorized presence of a person of the opposite sex in a school residence;
  • degrees of sexual intimacy inappropriate to the school;
  • conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others.


Failure to Comply with the Code of Conduct Policy

As a general principle, Canadian Independent College reserves its right to apply a full range of sanctions, including expulsion, to any offence committed by a student. Although the specific provisions set out in this Code of Conduct outline steps that Canadian Independent College  normally will take in the event that a student contravenes, or attempts to contravene, the provisions of a Code of Conduct, they do not take away from the ultimate discretion of Canadian Independent College  to apply any sanction that is appropriate in the particular circumstances of an offence, including the expulsion of a student.
In addition, it is not necessary that a student succeed in actually committing an offence for the full range of sanctions to be applied. For example, an attempt to cheat on a test may be just as serious as actually cheating on a test.


Sanctions
When exercising its discretion to determine the appropriate sanction to apply to an offence, Canadian Independent College will take into account:

  • the seriousness of the offence or the attempt to commit the offence;
  • the intention of the student; and/or
  • the impact of the offence on the standards of behaviour and integrity that Appleby tries to cultivate in the school community.

The range of sanctions that Canadian Independent College will apply to an offence include: 7

  • meeting with appropriate person(s) (such as peers, faculty, administrators);
  • removal from a school activity, special program or recess to complete work or a special assignment designated by the teacher;
  • school work as assigned;
  • removal from class for a period of time;
  • contact with the parent(s) of the student involved;
  • probation;
  • conference involving student, teacher, parent and administrative employees;
  • arrangement of a behaviour or performance contract with the involvement of student, teachers and parents;
  • financial restitution, reparation or service in a case where damage is caused or maintenance work made necessary;
  • formal suspension from school for one or more days; and/or  expulsion from the school.

The school reserves the right to dismiss a student when the continued attendance of that student would not be in the best interests of that student or the school. The school also reserves the right to dismiss a student when his/her behaviour seriously jeopardizes the school’s ability to guarantee the dignity and safety of its students, interferes with learning, represents a breach of the Code of Conduct, or involves conduct which is injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others. In these circumstances, the school will make reasonable efforts to assist the student’s family in securing suitable alternative education arrangements.


Process and Procedure
In determining whether an offence has been committed and what sanction should be applied, Canadian Independent College  will employ procedures that:

    • reflect the severity of the offence alleged;
    • ensure that a student, and his/her parents, are aware of the complaint against the student;
    • ensure that a student, and his/her parents, have the opportunity to present fully and fairly their version of events and explanation and to have these taken into account by the decision-maker; and/or
    • ensure that the decisions will be made in a fair and impartial way.
    • The general procedure that Canadian Independent College  will observe to investigate and deal with any reports of breaches of the Code of Conduct is as follows:

 

  • The teacher who observes the incident/behaviour or to whom it has been reported to will, where possible, complete a Serious Incident Report within 24 hours and submit it to the principal.
  • The School Principal and designates will question those with alleged involvement to determine involvement, facts and related issues.

As part of the investigation, the School Principal and designates will provide the student with an opportunity to explain the student’s conduct, respond to the allegation and be heard regarding the student’s position with respect to the incident in question.
After these initial interviews, the School Principal will inform the parents, as required.
The school will document any discussions and interviews undertaken by its employees, including those in which allegations are communicated to the student and/or parents.
If a discipline matter involves more than one student, any written communication from the School to the student or parents will be customized to reflect the particular student’s circumstances.

 

Student Discipline
1. Where a concern arises regarding possible student discipline, the School Principal and designates will conduct an investigation and consider mitigating factors.
2. Following an investigation, if it is considered necessary to suspend a student, the School principal will make every effort to contact the student’s parents in order to discuss reasons for the suspension and engage them in becoming part of the plan to change behaviour.
3. Where appropriate, the School principal will inform the parents of the victim about the nature of the activity that resulted in the harm to the victim, the nature of the harm to the victim and the steps taken to protect the victim’s safety, including disciplinary measures taken in response to the activity.
4. The School principal, in conjunction with the student’s teacher, will organize schoolwork to be provided for the student to be completed during the term of the student’s suspension.
5. A suspension will be for a fixed period, not exceeding 20 school days. The minimum period of suspension is one school day.
6. A one-day suspension will be in effect, where possible, on the first school day following the infraction.
7. The Principal, who approves suspensions of students, will ensure that:
(a) the student’s teachers are informed of the suspension;  
(b) all reasonable efforts are made to inform the student’s parent of the suspension within 24 hours of the suspension being imposed.
8. The School principal will prepare and send the notice of suspension. A notice of suspension will be given to the student and mailed or e-mailed to the parents.
9. A parent may wish to appeal a suspension. Such parent must give written notice of his or her intention to appeal to the Principal within 5 school days of the commencement of the suspension. In the event an appeal is made, the suspension is still required to be served by the student.
10. The Principal is required to hear and determine the appeal within a reasonable time of receiving notice. The Principal will assess the evidence as provided by the parties and determine whether on a balance of probabilities, it is more probable than not that the student did commit the infraction.
11. The Principal will decide to:
(a) confirm the suspension;
(b) confirm the suspension, but shorten its duration, even if the suspension that is under appeal has already been served, and order that the record of the suspension be amended accordingly; or
(c) quash the suspension and order that the record of the suspension be expunged.
12.The Principal has the authority to expel after considering all of the evidence.
13. The Principal is required to consider the submissions of the parties, any mitigating factors, and any statement or submission by the student.
14. The Principal will decide whether to expel the student from Canadian Independent College. In the event that the Principal decides to expel the student, the school will make reasonable efforts to assist the student’s family in securing suitable alternative education arrangements.

Entitlement to Access and Search
By enrolling at Canadian Independent College, both the student and his/her parent(s) acknowledge and agree that where Canadian Independent College  has reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a breach of a school rule, a school administrator or designate may access and search a student's room, person and/or possessions in order to maintain a safe school environment and/or to ensure that the student is complying with the requirements of the Code of Conduct.