Student Code of Conduct
Edmonton Public Schools Code of Behavior & Conduct
Argyll Centre students are guided by the regulations set out in the District Student Behaviour and Conduct Policy,which we elaborate below. Edmonton Public Schools supports the endeavours of staff, students, parents and the community to ensure positive student behaviour and conduct. In addition, the Board expects parents and students to recognize their responsibility in developing student self-discipline.
After registration students will be asked to agree to the following Code of Conduct. This process will be facilitated through MyLocker, when students log in the first time to authenticate their credentials.
- consistently attend to my learning and be punctual for classes.
- give my best to my academic and extracurricular pursuits.
- behave in a manner that contributes to an orderly atmosphere and ensures the rights of all individuals within the
- be responsible for my attitude and behavior.
- be considerate and respectful of others.
- positively influence and encourage my peers in all their endeavors and projects.
- have the courage to take the "right" stand regardless of peer pressure.
- demonstrate care and concern for school property and the property of others.
- respect the authority of all staff within the school community.
- respond appropriately to the direction of staff at school and during school activities either onsite or online.
- ensure that I stay informed about school and class news by checking Schoolzone and newsletter
- ensure I stay informed about my child’s progress by checking Schoolzone and through discussion with my student’s teacher
Suspension or expulsion from the school may occur for the following infractions:
- negligent conduct:
- violation of the Student Code including the Technology Agreement.
- the use of profanity, racial comments, insulting statements, uttering threats and/or any physical altercation.
- bullying, harassing, threatening or intimidating other students, including initiation rituals in person or online.
- being in possession of a weapon or dangerous goods to harm, intimidate or threaten others.
- being involved in the use of, possession of, or sale of drugs, alcohol, or any illegal substance.
- smoking on school property.
- any offense which threatens the safety or well-being of students or staff.
- remaining at the scene while others participate in any of the above actions.
- stealing / shoplifting during school hours.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Plagiarism is deliberate literary theft. It is dishonest and demonstrates a lack of integrity. It occurs when a writer uses someone else’s words or ideas without telling the reader. It is regarded as an academic crime in any educational institution and may result in severe consequences. Reading what other people have thought and using their ideas as a springboard for your own thought is a large part of what education is all about. The problem arises when you fail to acknowledge what you know to be someone else’s work. If you use quotation marks, footnotes and a bibliography to identify your material, you have not plagiarized.
Cheating includes completing student assignments and exams representing someone else or using others’ answers to answer a student’s own work. To emphasize student individual responsibility and integrity students will be asked to sign The Commitment to Exam Integrity for each exam they write at Argyll.
What are the consequences of plagiarizing or cheating in general?
Depending on the circumstances of the case, any of the following guidelines may apply:
- The student is required to resubmit the assignment
- Parents of students under 18 and/or not independent are notified and the incident is noted on the student’s school file. (Any teacher or administrator would have access to the information about a student’s previous involvement in plagiarism incidents.)
- A student’s involvement in such activities could jeopardize his or her chances of receiving favourable recommendations, from teachers and the principal, for awards, post-secondary institutions or employment.
- Repeated plagiarism or cheating could result in the student being removed from the course.
Edmonton Public Schools’ policy on smoking and illegal use of drugs
All Edmonton Public Schools’ grounds, including parking lots and playing fields, are smoke free areas. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that school buildings or property are not used to enable a practice that is injurious to the health and well being of students or staff. Also, provincial law prohibits anyone below the age of 18 from smoking in a public place. While it is expected that students understand and respect the smoke free policy, violations of the policy are treated as matters requiring discipline and may receive a fine for violating this law.
Argyll’s Principal will report to police the names of all persons for whom they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe are using or trafficking in drugs. The principal shall:
- inform the parents of students involved; and-or
- proceed with disciplinary measures which may lead to suspensions or expulsions.
School Technology Agreement
Argyll’s School Technology Agreement will be signed as part of our online registration process. Violation of expectations may result in the student’s exclusion from the use of school computers or access to Argyll's online learning community. Serious infractions could lead to suspension or expulsion.