Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to follow school regulations and to help maintain a professional learning environment through orderly, ethical, and courteous behavior. Any violation of regulations and/or disruptive behavior will be referred to the School Office. The Director of the School may recommend that the offender be (1) warned, (2) placed on probation, or (3) dismissed from the school. 

Continuing behavior problems will be referred to the School Director for a final determination.

The following infractions are examples that would subject a student to dismissal:

· All types of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to the school or about the school; forgery, alteration, or use of school documents with intent to defraud;

· The intentional disruption of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, public meeting, and programs or other school activities;

· Physical abuse of any person on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-supervised premises;

· The theft or damage of school property or the property of a school community member on school premises;

· The failure to comply with the directions of school official acting in the performance of their duties;

· Violation of the law on school premises in a way that affects the school community’s proper pursuit of educational objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of alcoholic beverages and/or dangerous controlled substances and school premises.

Cheating is defined as any intentional attempt by a student to misrepresent academic achievement. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

· Possessing unauthorized information during a test or evaluation procedure or using such information to answer questions;

· Copying information from another student during a test or evaluation.

· Communicating in any way with another student during a test or examination. 

· Deliberately giving student information during a test or using information provided by another student during a test to answer any question.

· Submitting work on which there has been collaboration with or which was prepared by another individual unless previously authorized by the instructor.

· Any deceptive practice by which students attempt to receive a passing grade in a course.

A student caught cheating on a test or assignment will be given a grade of zero (0) on that test or assignment. Any student caught cheating a second time may be terminated from The Philadelphia School of Languages.

A. Behavior

1. Students are expected to behave professionally at all times. Disrespectful conduct towards fellow students or staff will not be tolerated.

2. Any behavior that infringes upon the rights of other students or staff will not be tolerated.

3. Sexual harassment, unwanted gestures, jokes, offensive speech, physical advances, sexually suggestive pictures, gestures, touching of one’s self or others, exposing one’s private body parts or undergarments will not be tolerated. This type of behavior is in direct violation of the student code of conduct and basic human rights. 

4. Harassment or discrimination including hazing is unacceptable. The Philadelphia School of Languages students and staff are entitled to a respectful learning environment/workplace. Being respected means being treated honestly and professionally, with your unique talents and perspectives valued. A respectful workplace is about more than compliance with the law. It is a working environment that is free of inappropriate behavior of all kinds and harassment because of age, disability, marital status, race or color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

5. Engaging in such behaviors directly, condoning or encouraging others to do so, transmitting or initiating such conduct via online, email, on school grounds, in class or at school-sponsored events will not be tolerated.

6. Students caught defacing or destroying school property will be required to pay restitution and face disciplinary actions including suspension or expulsion from the program. 

7. The use or possession of drugs on school property or during a school-sanctioned function will result in immediate expulsion.