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Code of Student Conduct

 

IT’S THE LAW 

Each parent/guardian having control or custody of a child required to attend school who fails to require the child to regularly attend school and compel the child to properly conduct himself/herself as a pupil in accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (may be fined up to $100 and may be sentenced to hard labor for up to 90 days).

OXFORD CITY SCHOOLS 
402 Main Street 
Oxford, AL 36203 
Telephone 256.241.3140 Fax 256.241-3938 
www.oxfordcityschools.com 

BOARD OF EDUCATION 
Dr. Tony Bolton, President 
Cristy C. Humphries, Vice President 
Alex Davenport 
Karen Phillips, 
Cristy C. Humphries 
Marvin Jones 
Don Hopper 

SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE 

Dr. Shannon Stanley, Superintendent Director of Operations 

Marty Livingston, Director of Career Technical Education and Student Programs 

Brandy Russell, Director of Instruction 

Michael Maniscalco, Director of Human Resources 

Marilyn Burke, Special Education Coordintor 

Sara Brewer, Student Services Coordinator 

Laura Phillips, Secondary Curriculum and Federal Programs Coordinator 

Rhonda Perry, Elementary Curriculum and Accountability Coordinator 

Sherita Hayes, Technology and Testing Coordinator 

Melanie Grizzard, System Nurse 

Joseph Gallahar, Transportation Supervisor 

Dottye Armstrong, Instructional Supervisor 

SCHOOLS 
C.E. Hanna Elementary School……………………………….256.241.3896 
Brian Mcrae, Principal 

Coldwater Elementary School….................................................256.241.3870 
Dr. Catherine Finkley, Principal 

DeArmanville Elementary School…………………….………256.241.3918 
Amy Copeland, Principal 

Oxford Elementary School…………………………..…………256.241.3844 
Kelley Williams, Principal 

Oxford Middle School……………………………..……………256.241.3816 
Phillip Morrison, Principal 

Oxford High School………………………………………….…256.241.3166 
Heath Harmon, Principal 

INTRODUCTION 

The Oxford City Board of Education believes that instruction should occur in an environment that is conducive to learning. Effective instruction requires good order and discipline. 

As students progress in our school system, it is reasonable to assume that an increase in age and maturity will result in students assuming greater responsibility for their actions. It is recognized that differences in age and maturity require different types of disciplinary action; however, the procedures described for violations of responsibilities shall apply to students in Grades K-12. 

Requirement to Distribute Code of Conduct to Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s)/Custodian(s): In accordance with Legislative Acts 94,782 and 94-784, the Board requires that these codes of conduct be printed annually for distribution, to ensure that 

parents/legal guardians/custodians and students receive this information. The Code of Student Conduct is designed to assist school personnel, parents and students in maintaining an environment conducive to learning. 

JURISDICTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD 

Students enrolled in the Oxford City School System are subject to the policies of the Oxford City Board of Education and the school system’s procedures for implementing the policies, including the rules and regulations of the schools as detailed in the individuals school’s student handbook. The authority applies to all school-sponsored activities including, but not limited to the following: 

Routine functions of the school day 

Field trips 

Club or organization meetings 

School-sponsored social events 

Athletic events 

Jurisdictional control is extended when conduct of student is deemed to have direct or immediate impact or effect on the health, safety, discipline, or general welfare of the school community; e.g., school bus stops. 

This document supersedes all previous editions. It will remain in effect until another official revision is completed at a future date to be determined by the Oxford City Board of Education, Oxford, AL.

Article 1

Article 2: School Recognition of Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

By becoming a member of the school educational community, students do not forfeit any rights of citizenship. The school will strive to protect the individual freedoms and rights of students listed below. From rights flow responsibilities. Responsibilities of students are also noted below.

Article 3: Definitions

 

The following terms used in the Code of Student Conduct should be interpreted according to the following definitions:

Article 4: Administrative Authority Over Non-academic and Academic Misconduct 

The administrator designated by the School principal will be responsible for coordinating and distributing policies for the administration of the hearing process and procedural rules for the conduct of hearings which are consistent with the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. Decisions made by the administrator designated by the principal, or the hearing officer, are final. Where the decision of the administrator would constitute a change of placement for a student with a disability, appropriate procedures will be followed. Appeals will be allowed only in cases where the administrator is satisfied either that there is substantial new evidence to be presented, or that there was not sufficient substantive procedure due process or equal protection given them. Appeals are not legally mandated in the Eleventh Appellate Circuit, but may be provided at the discretion of the School. (Nash v. Auburn University, 1985). 

Article 5: Code of Student Conduct Violation of Federal, State, or Local Law

Student Attendance

Appendix A1

Appendix B: Students rights and responsibilities

Appendix C

Appendix D: STUDENT ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

Appendix E1: POSSESSION OF WEAPONS AND FIREARMS BY STUDENTS 

No student shall be permitted to have any weapon/firearm on school property at any time. 

Appendix F: INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

Appendix G

Appendix H

Appendix I

Appendix J

Appendix K: INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

a. Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board approved complaint forms available at the principal and/or counselor’s office. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the violation or by the student’s parent or legal guardian and delivered to the principal or the principal’s designee either by mail or personal delivery. At the request of the complaining student or the student’s parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy may be presented and resolved informally. 

b. Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or the principal’s designee will, in their sole discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of this policy. If the principal or the principal’s designee determines that the complaint alleges a serious violation, the principal or the principal’s designee will undertake an investigation of the complaint. The investigation will entail the gathering of relevant facts and evidence and will be conducted in a reasonably prompt time period taking into account the circumstances of the complaint. If the investigation establishes a violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the offending student(s). Other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence of the violation(s) may also be imposed by the principal or the school system. 

Under the Code of Student Conduct. A student who deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. 

c. Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves a violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school officials

d. The complaint form developed to report violations of this policy will include a provision for reporting a threat of suicide by a student. If a threat of suicide is reported, the principal or the principal’s designee will inform the student’s parent or guardian of the report. 

Appendix L: STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

It is the policy of the Board to maintain a vehicle for students to obtain prompt and equitable resolution of complaints and grievances. Grievances can only be submitted over a perceived violation of Board Policies or Code of Student Conduct. Disagreements with a decision rendered by a Board employee exercising authority associated with their job responsibilities are not eligible matters for a grievance. The school system shall develop and execute procedures to implement this policy which will include, at a minimum, the following: 

Appendix M

Appendix N

Appendix O

Appendix P

Appendix Q

Appendix R

Appendix S

Appendix T

Appendix U

Appendix V

Appendix Y 

Appendix Z

Appendix W 

Appendix X