Serious Offenses

Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating and plagiarism are considered serious violations of the discipline code and will be referred to the Deans for suspension from school and further disciplinary penalties. (Refer to Academic Integrity Policies.) Cheating and plagiarism incidents can affect a student’s membership in the honor societies or participation in other school activities.

Dishonesty

Saint Francis holds honesty as one of its most important values. Honesty is expected from the students at all times and Saint Francis cannot accept dishonesty in communication, schoolwork, notes or tests. Lying or misleading a faculty or staff member, or intentionally omitting important information is unacceptable and is a major violation of the discipline system. A violation notice will be issued and parents may be called for a conference. Dishonesty in a disciplinary situation will compound the penalty, and continued dishonesty can lead to dismissal.

Disrespect or Harassment

There are some forms of gross disrespect so grave that they can be classified as intolerant behavior or harassment, even if they only occur once. Such actions are contrary to the mission and philosophy of Saint Francis High School and would include:

  1. Distributing or posting, on campus or off, in person or by mail, email or posting on the Internet, any written materials, tapes, videos, photographs or other forms of communication demeaning of any group or individual;
  2. Sending letters, email, making phone calls, passing notes or communicating racist, insulting, intolerant, or disrespectful messages in any way whatsoever. This would include using the internet or other communication devices to intimidate, bully, harass or embarrass, other students or Saint Francis employees;
  3. Defacing the property of another, or school property, including defacing property with any form of racist, intolerant, humiliating or insulting language, symbols, drawings or pictures;
  4. Demeaning others with intent to ridicule, intimidate, humiliate or cause fear through verbal, physical or written contact. This includes use of social media and text messaging.
  5. Sexual harassment defined as: any unwanted or unwelcome sexual behavior that makes a person feel uncomfortable or interferes with a person’s school day or school related activity, or occurs through social media. Specific examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to: 
    1. making unsolicited sexual advances 
    2. using sexually degrading words to describe an individual or their body 
    3. displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures 
    4. telling inappropriate or sexually related jokes 
    5. making reprisals, threats of reprisals or implied threats following a negative response to sexual advances
  6. Disrespect, intolerant behavior, impersonation, or harassment of any Saint Francis employee on or off campus including online behavior or at their residence. Incidents involving this type of behavior may result in immediate dismissal.

Threats with intent to harm an individual or the community including, but not limited to phone calls, bomb threats, and verbal or written threats, are grounds for immediate dismissal from Saint Francis.

If a student feels that he or she has been victimized by intolerant behavior or harassment, the student is encouraged to report the complaint to the Counseling Office, Campus Ministry, or to the Dean's Office. All complaints will be investigated in a confidential manner by the Dean’s Office. Disciplinary actions, when warranted, may include some or all of the following:

  1. Counseling
  2. Parent/student conferences
  3. Student/student conference
  4. Special educational activities
  5. Detention

Suspension, detention hours, probation or dismissal from Saint Francis (see General Philosophy)

Falsification of Notes and/or Misrepresentation by Phone

Forging a parent or guardian’s name on a note, altering the note, misrepresenting parent phone calls, in any communication  to the school including email is dishonest and will result in disciplinary action. Repeated violations can result in suspension or even dismissal.

Gang-related Conduct

Gang-related conduct/activity is a threat to the safety of others and is strictly prohibited. Gang-related conduct/activity includes but is not necessarily limited to symbols, graffiti, apparel, colors, hazings/initiations and hand signals commonly associated with gangs. Students who engage in gang-related activity shall be subject to expulsion.

Possession of Weapons

Any student found in possession of weapons, firearms, explosives or any other illegal or dangerous items will face immediate dismissal from Saint Francis High School.

Fighting

Any student involved in a fight is subject to immediate suspension and further disciplinary penalties.

Illegal Substances

The sale or distribution of illegal drugs by any student or any student that facilitates this transaction will result in dismissal.

Saint Francis High School reserves the right to contact local police agencies when a student is found to have used, been in possession of, sold or distributed any illegal substance. This includes possession of paraphernalia.

The school reserves the right to conduct searches and or seizures for the purpose of enforcing this rule. Such seizures shall include, but are not limited to searches of any student, student belongings or items in the possession of a student, any locker or any vehicle located on school property or at any school related activity.

For the purpose of this rule, the term “school property” includes, but is not limited to property owned, leased, used or otherwise under the pos- session, supervision or control of the school.

Substance Abuse

Statement of Policy

As a Catholic coeducational high school and a Holy Cross school, Saint Francis High respects and promotes dignity and worth of each human being. As such, we find the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs incompatible with our mission and philosophy. Saint Francis High School expects students to avoid any use, involvement or possession of alcohol or drugs. The use of Marijuana is not permitted even if the use meets the qualifications of the California Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215. Saint Francis High School also recognizes substance additions as a treatable illness and any student who initiates help on their own will be confidentially referred to our Substance Counselor for assessment. Each case of a student under the influence or in possession of alcohol, narcotics and/or other dangerous drugs shall be considered on its own merit. However, any student who is found to have used or be in primary possession of alcohol or illegal drugs, or is found to have been involved in a drug or alcohol situation, should the student be on or off campus, is subject to a disciplinary penalty and a loss of privileges at Saint Francis. (See Performance Enhancing Supplements and Steroid Policy)

First Offense

The disciplinary action for the first offense of the substance abuse policy will include penalties, probation and substance abuse counseling, or in the most serious cases, dismissal from school. (See previous section, Illegal Substances.) The discipline component includes a public performance suspension from all extracurricular activities, an accountability requirement that mandates that a student continue to fulfill all daily extracurricular obligations, an educational component that includes counseling and a hope component that allows for a student’s full return to extracurricular activities upon successful completion of all components.

Penalties

Probation:

Any student who violates the substance abuse policy shall be subject to a minimum of a one-day suspension from classes and will be placed on disciplinary probation with detention hours. Note: For a student already on disciplinary probation for any reason, violating the drug and alcohol policy is considered a serious offense and will be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Extracurricular Suspension:

Any student who violates the drug and alcohol policy shall be subject to a public performance suspension period from all extracurricular programs including athletics. This “public performance” suspension period may range from 30 to 60 "activity" days which are Mondays through Saturdays. In the most serious cases, a student may be suspended from all activities for the remainder of the season, activity, or in the most serious cases, dismissal from school (See previous section, Illegal Substances)

A student who is suspended from extracurricular activities shall not be permitted to perform publicly until the suspension period has ended. Students who are suspended from public performance are required to fulfill their activity commitment by meeting the daily requirements of that activity, but are not allowed to attend any school sponsored activities or competition (home or away) outside of the daily practice, meeting, rehearsal or tryout period, until the suspension period has ended. A student who fails to complete the daily requirements of the extracurricular activity they are involved in shall be denied activity credit.

In the event of the suspension period extending past the conclusion of the school year, the suspension will be extended into the beginning of the next school year. If a senior is in violation of the substance abuse policy or behavior expectations of the school, the right to participate in senior activities, including the graduation ceremony and exercises, will be forfeited.

Counseling:

Any student who violates the substance abuse policy will be referred to the Substance Abuse Counselor. All students will be required to attend two meetings per week after school with the Substance Abuse Counselor until the program has been completed.

Second Offense

A second violation of this policy is a dismissible offense subject to review by the Discipline Board. A second violation while on probation will result in dismissal.

Theft

Any theft that occurs violates the mission and philosophy of Saint Francis High School. Being a witness to theft and not reporting it is against the mission and philosophy of Saint Francis High School. Any student who takes anything, without permission, from another student, staff member, visitor, locker or from the school itself is guilty of theft. Intentionally keeping lost or stolen property is also considered theft. Theft is a disciplinary violation and any student found guilty of theft will usually be suspended and subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal. The student will be held responsible for replacing stolen property or making restitution.

Vandalism, Trespassing, Computer Misuse and Pranks

Deliberate damaging of the property on campus of other students, staff members, or the school is considered vandalism. This includes desks, computing devices, printers, lockers, buildings, fields, etc. Students who enter the school grounds at unauthorized times for the purpose of vandalism, pranks or attempted vandalism will be treated as trespassers. Any student involved in trespassing on campus, technology misuse either on or off campus, or involved in vandalism or a prank will receive disciplinary action. Students must make financial restitution and are liable for further action including suspension, immediate dismissal or legal action. Seniors face a loss of some or all senior privileges, and final transcripts will not be issued until all financial and disciplinary aspects are settled.
Saint Francis High School1885 Miramonte AvenueMountain View, California 94040650 968-1213Fax: 650 968-1706
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