New Policies for 2017-18
Statement of Community
As a member of the Maclay School community, I will maintain my honor and integrity at all times by creating and upholding an atmosphere of trust, respect, kindness, and consideration for all members of the school and the wider community. All constituencies that make up our community – trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni – should respect, support, defend, cooperate with, speak well of each other and Maclay School, and place the best interests of the institution first.
Being Respectful, Honorable, and Accountable
While the school has no interest in involving itself in a student’s off-campus behaviors, the school reserves the right to take action to the extent that those actions impact the individual’s ability to continue at school or impacts other students’ or employees’ ability to be comfortable at school.
Students should be aware that certain activities outside of School hours or off of School property may result in loss of privileges and other disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion. Students may be subject to discipline for misconduct that is contrary to the mission of the School, even if such conduct takes place off-campus, during non-school hours, or on breaks. Such behavior will be addressed at the sole discretion of the School, and the School reserves the right to deviate from the regular disciplinary process as may be deemed necessary under the circumstances. Some examples of such outside conduct that may have disciplinary ramifications include, but are not limited to:
· any violation of the law
· underage purchase, use, or possession of alcohol, illegal drugs or a controlled substance not prescribed to you
· cyber-bullying or other use or misuse of computers or computer websites that impacts or could impact the welfare of any member of the School community or the reputation or functioning of the school
· racist, sexist or bigoted posts/activities
· impinging on the rights of other students, employees, or members of the School community
When a student does not live up to the school’s expectations for behavior, we believe that an opportunity arises for education. This learning process for the student may include both disciplinary consequences for the particular offense, an apology of action, and ongoing support with the goal of encouraging better decision making in the future, and restoration to our community.
Honorable Use of Technology
· Personal integrity and academic honesty are fundamental principles that must be upheld by all members of the Maclay School community to create an atmosphere in which trust, scholarship, and friendship may flourish. These principles are in accord with notions of common decency and respect for the rights and feelings of others. In the world of technology, these principles apply on or off campus. Behavior in the electronic world must reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration applied face-to-face.
· Students must know they are accountable for any words, pictures, or video they post to social media accounts or sites. The School’s discipline system is not designed to be a long list of prohibitions, warnings, and punishments. Rather, it is intended to foster within students a sense of responsibility and respectfulness for themselves and those in the community around them.
· Students should expect that anything they post may become public and should know that the School will act firmly if any acts of harassment, hazing, bullying, or violation of our behavioral standards come to the attention of adults in the community.