- Effective: 6/9/1998
- Revision: 10/27/2015
- Board Directive
The Board recognizes that student participation in any extracurricular activity and/or student government is a privilege and not a matter of right. The Board expects students who are allowed to participate in such activities to be role models. The Board also requires employees to be role models. All students and employees are prohibited from engaging in hazing as defined in this policy and as outlined in Utah Code §53G-8-209. The Board authorizes the District Administration to establish policy for student and employee conduct related to school activities and to take such action when policy is violated.
- Administrative Policy
The Administration shall take appropriate disciplinary action when students or employees engage in hazing.
- “Hazing” means intentional, knowing, or reckless acts of a demeaning or assaultive nature, whether or not consensual, or causing another to so act, in connection, affiliated with or sponsored by Jordan School District, including but not limited to acts that involve;
- Endangering the mental or physical health or safety of another;
- Any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics, bruising, electric shocking, placing harmful substances on another’s body, or exposure to the elements;
- Any physical activity that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of another;
- Any activity that would subject any person to extreme mental stress such as sleep deprivation, extended isolation from social contact or conduct that subjects another to extreme embarrassment, shame or humiliation;
- Use, possession or distribution of controlled substances, drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco or alcoholic beverages;
- Threatening comments or statements;
- Cruelty to animals as provided by law;
- Initiation, admission into, affiliation with, holding office in or as a condition for continued membership in any organization;
- Forcing others to engage in or be the subject of degrading pranks, games, stunts, practical jokes;
- Forcing students to ingest any substance;
- Forced personal servitude;
- Forcing students to wear outrageous, ridiculous or embarrassing articles of clothing;
- Coercing or promoting acts of vandalism, theft, assault, sexual acts or criminal activity;
- Coercing or promoting indecent exposure, gross or lewd behavior;
- Forcing any student to engage in illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, or immoral conduct.Definitions
- Policy Provisions
- It shall not be a defense that a person under 21 years of age, against whom the hazing was directed, cooperated, acquiesced, consented, and/or also engaged in hazing activity.
- Student Discipline
- Students who participate in hazing activity shall be suspended by the school principal to a parent conference and be subject to discipline pursuant to Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
- Students who illicitly use, possess, and/or distribute a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, tobacco or alcoholic beverages while engaging in hazing shall, in addition to the discipline here provided, be subject to discipline under Policy AS90—Drugs and Alcohol.
- Employee Responsibilities
- School District employees who are aware of, initiate, promote, and/or engage in hazing shall be subject to adverse employment action including either probation or termination of employment for cause under the appropriate District Orderly Termination policy: DP 316 – Orderly Termination Procedure – Licensed; DP 316A – Orderly Termination Procedure – Administrators; DP 316B – Orderly Termination Procedures - Classified.
- School District employees who reasonably believe that a violation of this policy has occurred shall immediately (by the next working day) report the alleged incident, either to the building principal or the designee of the Superintendent of Schools.
- Principals who receive a report of hazing shall, within ten (10) working days after receipt of such report, submit a report to the Superintendent’s designee which states:
- details of the alleged incident;
- the identity of persons believes to be involved;
- action taken in response.
- Employees who fail to give the notice to his/her immediate supervisor required under this policy have committed an unprofessional practice and shall be subject to adverse employment action, including probation or termination under the appropriate District Orderly Termination policy: DP 316 – Orderly Termination Procedure – Licensed; DP 316A – Orderly Termination Procedure – Administrators; DP 316B – Orderly Termination Procedures - Classified . (See Utah Code §53G-8-209 3C).
- District Activities
- The District and schools shall establish, and provide access to procedures and information regarding hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation. The information will be posted on the District website.
- The District and schools shall develop procedures allowing for anonymous reporting of hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation;
- Building administration is responsible for conducting investigations and responding to reports of hazing, harassment, bullying, and retaliation.
- In addition to the published procedures and notification above, each school shall follow established procedures and plans for:
- Involvement of parents or guardians of a perpetrator or victim of hazing, harassment, bullying, or retaliation in the process of responding to, and resolving conduct prohibited in this policy;
- Referring a victim of hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation to counseling following parental/guardian notice and consent;
- To the extent that it is appropriate, treating the perpetrator according to the provisions of District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students;
- Training school employees and students to recognize hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation.
- Actions Required When Prohibited Acts Are Reported
- Each reported complaint shall include:
- Name of complaining party
- Name of offender (if known)
- Date and location of incident
- Statement describing the incident(s), including name(s) of witness(es)\\
- Each reported violation shall be investigated by the School Administrator or this/her designee. Formal disciplinary action is prohibited based solely on an anonymous report of hazing, harassment, bullying or retaliation.
- Violations of the prohibitions noted previously may fall under District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students and the consequence(s) may include but are not limited to:
- Student suspension or removal from a school-sponsored team or activity, including school-sponsored transportation;
- Student referral, under District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students, or a lesser disciplinary action which may merit student suspension or expulsion from school;
- Employee suspension or termination for cause or lesser disciplinary action;
- Employee reassignment; or
- Other action against student or employee as applicable.
- Action to include when appropriate:
- Procedures for protecting the victim and other involved individuals from being subjected to:
- further hazing, harassment or bullying; and
- retaliation for reporting the hazing, harassment and bullying.
- Procedures for a fair and timely opportunity for the accused to explain the accusations and defend his/her actions prior to student or employee discipline.
- Reporting incidents of hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee.
- Procedures for providing local employee discipline rights under Utah Code Section 53G-8-204 for employee discipline and District Policy AS67 —Discipline of Students prior to long-term (more than 10 days) student discipline.
- Training and Additional Consideration
- The training of school employees shall include training regarding hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation.
- To the extent possible, programs or interventions designed to provide training and education regarding the prevention of hazing, harassment, bullying and retaliation should be implemented.
- Training should be extended to volunteer and paid coaches, and activity leaders for all extra-curricular activities.
- Participants, volunteers and adult supervisors of extra-curricular activities should be informed annually of this policy and the prohibited activities outlined in this policy.
- Participants, volunteers and adult supervisors shall be informed annually of the policy and the potential consequences for violation of the policy.
- The District Policy AS95—Conduct Related to School Activities will be reviewed by the District Leadership team comprised of parents, teachers, school administration, school staff and District Administrators.
Revision history: 2/14/12
- Effective: 5/14/1974
- Revision: 5/22/2018
- Reviewed: 1/27/2015
- Board Directive
Jordan District schools are to provide a safe, wholesome, healthy educational environment where academic learning, personal development, and a sense of pride and accomplishment can flourish. Part of the educational process is learning self discipline and appropriate behavior. Therefore, it is the philosophy of the Jordan School District Board of Education to enforce all Utah laws related to conduct on school premises and school buses and to see that students are taught to preserve public property including all school facilities and equipment.
The Board also recognizes that dress and grooming seriously affect the behavior of students attending school and may also impact sanitation and safety conditions. Because experience has demonstrated that the learning atmosphere is improved when students both look and act appropriately, the Board hereby authorizes establishment of standards of student conduct, dress, and grooming. The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility to see that each school adheres to the conduct, dress, and grooming standards established in the provisions of this policy in a consistent manner. Further, all District and school staff members shall have a share of responsibility in seeing that these standards are implemented and enforced in classrooms, in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, at school activities, and other occasions as appropriate. This policy represents minimum guidelines. Schools can develop additional dress code requirements with input from Student Government, School Community Council, and PTA groups.
- Administrative Policy
The Administration shall implement Board philosophy according to the following administrative policy provisions:
- Student Conduct
- Classroom Behavior
Students shall conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a productive learning atmosphere for themselves and their classmates. Students are expected to be attentive, cooperative, and industrious while in the classroom. Students who habitually disrupt or destroy the learning atmosphere shall be disciplined according to the procedures established in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
- Behavior at Assemblies and Activities
Assemblies and activities shall be considered special student privileges where participation is contingent upon appropriate behavior. Students shall show respect to all performers. Students who disturb, disrupt, or show disrespect shall lose the privilege of attending and may be subjected to disciplinary action as outlined in Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
- Protection and Care of School Property
Students shall be expected to use school equipment and facilities appropriately and to behave in such a way that school property is preserved and protected. Students may be disciplined for improper use or treatment of school facilities and/or equipment.
- Behavior at Competitive Events
Students are expected to demonstrate sportsmanship at all competitive events and to conduct themselves according to the rules of fair play both as spectators and participants. While healthy competition is encouraged, cheating or rude and disruptive conduct shall not be tolerated.
- Patriotism and Respect for the Flag
The Flag of the United States of America shall be appropriately displayed at all schools in keeping with customary and accepted practices. Students shall show proper respect for their country's emblem. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag shall be recited at the beginning of each day in each public school classroom, led by a student in the classroom as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis. At least once per year, students shall be instructed that participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory, and students should show respect for any student who chooses not to participate. A student may be excused from reciting the Pledge upon written request from the student’s parent or legal guardian. Discourteous treatment of the flag or other national symbols shall be cause for disciplinary action.
- Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, Narcotics, and Drugs
Student use or possession of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, and drugs is prohibited by law. Students who break the law shall be disciplined according to policy set forth in Policy AS90 — Drugs and Alcohol.
- Cellular Telephones
Possession of a cellular telephone by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student that uses his/her cell phone inappropriately. A student who possesses a cellular phone shall assume responsibility for its care. At no time shall the District be responsible for preventing theft, loss or damage to cell phones brought onto school property.Cellular telephone use during classroom time, instructional activities and field trips must be authorized by the instructor.
Exceptions to this policy may be granted by school administration on a case by case basis to accommodate family emergencies or medical necessity. The sharing of pornographic images and “sexting” are prohibited. Students violating these guidelines will be disciplined in accordance with Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
- Electronic Devices
Any use of an electronic device that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, invades personal privacy or compromises the integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited. Students in violation will be disciplined in accordance with District Policy AS67—Discipline of Students.
- Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct
Students who engage in dangerous or disruptive conduct, including bringing any weapon or facsimile of a weapon to school, committing arson, burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, battery or assault, or who engage in activities which violate federal, state or local laws, shall be excluded from school. (See Policy AS67—Discipline of Students).
- School Dress and Grooming
Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard or distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment, which causes the teacher/ administrator to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.
- Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
- Items which bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or which are contrary to the educational mission, shall not be allowed.
- All students shall maintain their hair, mustaches, sideburns, and beards in a clean, well-groomed manner. Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
- Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings which are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd that they may draw undue attention, disrupt, or tend to disrupt, interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
- All students shall wear clean clothing. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest, e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
- Students shall comply with the laws that govern wearing military uniforms and insignias ( Title 10, USC §771-772, and Army Regulation 670-1 §29-4).
- Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes.
- School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.
- Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School administration will determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed.
- Shoes shall be worn at all times that ensure personal safety and hygiene.
- School Dress and Grooming—Graduation
In order to maintain dignity and decorum at high school commencements, students participating in commencement exercises are subject to the dress and grooming standards articulated in section C of this policy and wear the prescribed cap and gown during the ceremony* without additional ornamentation or decoration. Personal items such as clothing, accessories or jewelry, that draw undue attention or detract from the dignity and decorum of the occasion shall not be allowed. Mantles, cords, insignias or medals signifying achievement, honor or recognition are restricted to awards issued and approved for display at graduation by the local high school.
* “During the ceremony” refers to the entire duration of the commencement program, from opening processional to completion of the recessional.
Revision history: 12/4/2004, 8/28/12, 3/26/13