(Updated February 2017)
At SCIDES, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students – whether on site or in the virtual setting of the internet – regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or culture. The BC Human Rights Code provides us with a guideline, which we are dedicated to following. We believe that a supportive environment, free from discrimination and bullying, is the best kind of learning environment.
All of our students are expected to follow this code, without exception. Being exemplary citizens during school time and beyond is what everyone should strive for. Any conduct that violates the Code of Conduct will be considered a breach.
We expect students to:
- be respectful and kind to every member of the community and contribute to their feeling of safety
- be respectful of the school’s facility and grounds
- make an effort to understand and respect different opinions and lifestyles
- consistently try their best
- respect others’ property
- exhibit zero tolerance for bullying or similar behavior – always inform an appropriate adult (ie. member of staff)
- dress appropriately for the school environment
- carry a positive attitude
- model respectful and responsible behaviour to their peers and younger students, in the community, and while acting as school ambassadors
We expect that students will not:
- endanger themselves or others
- interfere with others’ academic efforts
- violate Academic Integrity (plagiarism)
- violate the Code of Conduct by bringing unsafe and dangerous items to school events (like knives, guns, fireworks…), bringing intoxicating or banned substances to the school or grounds, or any acts of theft or vandalism
- demonstrate any signs of bullying or harassment, whether face-to-face or electronically, including retribution against any person who has reported incidents
- discriminate against any person, regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or culture
- allow intruders or trespassers on school property, a visitor to the school must first report to the office
- misuse cyberspace/cell phones/electronic devices/computers – students should be aware they may be subject to discipline (or, if applicable, confiscation of personal property) for misuse of technology if it negatively impacts on the school environment
Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list
We realize that due to personal circumstances some students may not be able to follow the Code of Conduct at all times. These cases will receive individual consideration.
The older the student, the higher our expectation of their behaviour will be. We encourage older students, who are aware of their responsibility and willing to take it on, to be positive role models for other students. Exemplary behaviour will guide younger students to reach their full potential in being peer helpers, and become role models, themselves.
Any violations of the Code of Conduct will be followed by disciplinary action, depending on the severity of the violation, as well as the age and ability of the student. SCIDES always strives to deliver disciplinary action as a positive learning experience, rather than a punishment; however, constant violations of the Code of Conduct will result in escalating consequences and can include loss of privileges, parent involvement, and counselling.
Disciplinary action always includes notification of parents (offenders, victims, and in some cases all parents), school officials, and – when required by law – the police or other community agencies.
Equally as important as the Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity is an essential part of SCIDES’ educational standards.
Our teachers constantly check online, to make sure students do not plagiarise others’ work, and will contact students regarding assignments containing uncited passages or thoughts and writings of another person.
- A failing grade or mark of zero in the course, examination, or assignment in which the academic misconduct occurred.
- Suspension from the University for a specified period of time, or indefinitely.
- Reprimand, with letter placed in a student's file.
- A notation on the student's permanent record of the penalty imposed.”
Please visit the following website to get some ideas on how to avoid plagiarism: Ideas on how to avoid plagiarism