PARENT AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND BEHAVIOR
SETON CODE OF CONDUCT
In all areas of learning, discipline must be considered in the development of the whole person. The Seton Code of Conduct is based on the Gospel message of Jesus. Growth in self-discipline, a responsibility for Catholic moral values, and a loving respect for the rights of everyone is encouraged by the Code of Conduct. To achieve these ends, parents, students, and the faculty of Seton Home Study School must work together to create a Catholic homeschool environment. These basic components include:
• Parents have a right and a responsibility to teach their children
• Students have a right and a responsibility to learn from their parents.
Based upon Catholic moral values and loving respect for others taught by Jesus, students and parents:
1. will be honest and dedicated to integrity.
2. will be respectful and courteous toward all teachers, parents, and adults.
3. will refrain from harassment of any kind.
4. will use appropriate language.
5. will speak respectfully to and about others.
6. will strive to complete their assignments in a timely manner.
7. will refrain from any deliberate disruption of Seton Home Study School.
8. will not give or receive unauthorized assistance on tests, quizzes, or assignments.
9. will, at all times, whether at home, while home schooling, or in the community, conduct themselves in a manner which reflects Catholic values and principles.
Seton Home Study School observes this Code of Conduct because it is built on fundamental Catholic teachings. The role of the staff and faculty is to work with the students and parents to assist the students in developing a strong Christian attitude toward life.
As it is impossible to foresee all problems that may arise, this handbook empowers the faculty and administration to take disciplinary action for any behavior that violates the spirit, philosophy, and code of conduct of Seton Home Study School, even though not specified.
USE OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION
In cases where a student or parent is continually disruptive toward Seton or in the case of a single serious disciplinary infraction, the staff member will apprise the principal/administration of the situation. The staff member will assist in the development of a course of action to be taken to correct the situation.
Students or parents who violate the Seton’s Code of Conduct can expect disciplinary action. Each offense will be dealt with on an individual basis according to the nature of the infraction and the severity of the case. Repeated infractions can result in more serious consequences, including expulsion, but there is no requirement for progressive discipline.
Seton Home Study School Honor Code
Seton Home Study School students and parents will contribute to the Christ-like spirit that is at the heart of the Seton Home School community. Therefore, all Seton students will act honorably at all times to promote the dignity of all human persons.
The following honor code applies to all Seton Home Study students and parents. Cheating, plagiarism, lying, stealing, forgery of signatures on test/documents, failure to respect school property or staff, including mistreatment and/or harassment of any kind, are serious breaches of the honor code. Cheating is giving or receiving help on a test or assignment, including the following:
• communicating in any way with another student during a test;
• sharing information about a test with another student who has yet to take the test;
• using a computer or any form of technology to falsify information or to gain access to information to which the student has no right;
• copying homework.
In the event that Seton believes that cheating, plagiarism, or forgery have taken place, the school will contact the parent who should take appropriate action. Ongoing offenses make the student subject to expulsion.
Starting in Grade 7, all students will write and sign the following honor code on all tests and quizzes submitted to Seton:
“As a child of God, I promise that I have not given nor received inappropriate help with this test or quiz”.
Expulsion may result when one or all of the following are present:
1. a serious infraction of school rules occurs;
2. the student has demonstrated continuing disregard of school rules for which other means of discipline have proven ineffectual;
3. the student’s continued presence in the school is considered by school officials to be a serious hindrance to the safety or welfare of the school community;
4. a parent repeatedly or seriously violates proper school protocol, and/or displays disrespectful, disruptive or harassing behavior toward teachers or toward school staff.
5. If the school believes it necessary to expel a student, the principal/administration will notify the student’s parents.
6. In the event of an expulsion no refunds will be granted.