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Proposed Student Code of Conduct Revisions

At its Tuesday, June 28, 2016 meeting, the Northville Board of Education will bring forward for second reading and public comment proposed revisions and additions to the Northville Public Schools Student Code of Conduct (Board Policy #5131) as recommended by the Board of Education Policy Subcommittee. The June 28th meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hillside Middle School Forum, 775 North Center Street, Northville.

There will be an opportunity for public comment prior to the second reading of the proposed revisions to the Student Code of Conduct at the June 28, 2016 meeting. It is anticipated that the final Code of Conduct revisions will be brought forward for Board approval at its July 12, 2016 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Offices, 501 West Main Street, Northville.

The proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct Policy focus primarily on addressing issues related to Academic Dishonesty, including a more specific and extensive definition of the acts or behaviors, beyond plagiarism, that constitute academic dishonesty, along with a nonexclusive list of examples of academic dishonesty. The revised language also more specifically addresses the range of consequences for first, second and third/continuing violations of the Academic Dishonesty section of the Student Code of Conduct. 

Northville Public Schools is committed to advancing the pursuit of intellectual excellence and to maintaining the highest standards and expectations for academic integrity among students. For this reason, the district considers violations related to academic dishonesty to be serious offenses, as reflected in the recommended policy revisions and additions being brought before the Board of Education for review and approval. It is the intent of the district that once approved the revised Code of Conduct language will be reviewed with students at each level, along with developing an understanding of the importance of academic integrity, as a means of assisting students in reaching their full academic potential in a safe and supportive educational environment.

Other proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct include the addition of language regarding the limited release of student information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), along with minor revisions to language in the areas of the sale, use of, or possession of controlled substances; improper communications; vandalism; and the theft/possession of property.

A draft of the Student Code of Conduct, with the proposed additions and revisions highlighted in yellow is attached. Feedback regarding the Student Code of Conduct may be sent via e-mail to nps@northvilleschools.org with “Code of Conduct” in the subject header.  Questions regarding the Code of Conduct may also be directed to Mr. David Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, at rodgerda@northvilleschools.org or 248-344-3537.

Thank you for your continued support of Northville Public Schools as we strive to ensure the success of each and every student.

Sincerely,

Mary K. Gallagher

Superintendent

 

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