DISCIPLINARY INFRACTIONS

Please Note: While the sections below include a certain number of days for a suspension, the administration reserves the right, in its discretion, to impose discipline in excess of the number of days stated in certain cases. Further, the reference to days, below, refers to school days.

1a. Tobacco possession, use or distribution; smoking inside the school building or on school property;

1st offense: Administrative detention

Subsequent offenses: 1 day internal suspension

1b. Possession of alcoholic beverages

1st offense: 5 day external suspension, referral to the student assistance counselor

Subsequent offenses: 10 day external suspension, referral to the student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1c. Being under the influence of alcohol

1st offense: 5 day external suspension, referral to the student assistance counselor

Subsequent offenses: 10 day external suspension, referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1d. Possession of marijuana

1st offense: 5-7 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 8-10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1e. Being under the influence of marijuana

1st offense: 5 day external suspension and referral to the student assistance counselor

Subsequent offenses: 10 day external suspension, referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1f. Possession of other illegal substances, including but not limited to hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin, or prescription medication not used as prescribed; includes the misuse, possession or distribution of over the counter medications.

1st offense: 5-7 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 8-10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1g. Being under the influence of other illegal substances, including but not limited to hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin or prescription medication not used as prescribed

1st offense: 5 day external suspension and referral to the student assistance counselor

Subsequent offenses: 10 day external suspension and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1h. Sale of illegal substances, including but not limited to marijuana, hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin or prescription medication not used as prescribed

1st offense: 5-7 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 8-10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

1i. Possession of illegal substances, including but not limited to marijuana, hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin or prescription medication not used as prescribed, with intent to sell

1st offense: 8-10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: Long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to student assistance counselor and the Amherst Police Department

2. Fighting and disorderly conduct

1st offense: 2-4 day external suspension, possible referral to mediation and Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 5-7 day external suspension, referral to mediation and Amherst Police Department

3. Threat of physical attack or disorderly conduct; bullying, harassment or intimidation

1st offense: 2-3 day external suspension, possible referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 4-5 day external suspension, possible referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

4. Physical attack (battery)

1st offense: 10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department.

Subsequent offenses: Long-term suspension or expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

On a staff member: 10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

5. Sexual Harassment

1st offense: 2-3 day external suspension, possible referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 4-5 day external suspension, possible referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

6. Sexual Assault

1st offense: 10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: Long-term suspension or expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

7. Theft

1s t offense: 2-4 day external suspension, restitution for property, possible referral to the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 5-7 day external suspension, restitution for property, referral to the Amherst Police Department

8. Threat of robbery

1st offense: 2-3 day external suspension, possible referral to the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 4-5 day external suspension, referral to the Amherst Police Department

9. Robbery using force

1st/subsequent offenses: Long-term suspension, possible expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

10. Vandalism/Destruction of property

1st offense: 2-4 day external suspension, restitution for property damage, possible referral to the Amherst Police Department and the Amherst Fire Department

Subsequent offenses: 5-7 day external suspension, restitution for property damage, referral to the Amherst Police Department and the Amherst Fire Department

11. Arson resulting in the destruction of school property

1st/subsequent offenses: Long-term suspension, restitution for property damage, possible expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

14a-d. Possession of a weapon including but not limited to a gun, a knife, or a dangerous instrument that can be used as a weapon

1st offense: 5-7 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 8-10 day external suspension, possible long-term suspension or expulsion per MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

17a. Harassment and/or the use of derogatory or offensive language referring to race, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexual orientation

1s t offense: 2-3 day external suspension, possible referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 4-5 day external suspension, referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

18a. Participation in or encouragement of hazing activities (see MGL Chapter 536 in the District section of handbook for a detailed explanation of hazing)

1st offense: 2-3 day external suspension, possible referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 10 day external suspension and exclusion from participation or membership in any school organization or team for up to one calendar year, and referral to counseling and the Amherst Police Department

18d. Use of profanity

1s t offense: Administrative detention

Subsequent offenses: 1 day internal suspension

18e. Possession of pornographic or obscene materials

1s t offense: 1 day internal suspension, materials turned over to the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 2-3 day internal suspension, materials turned over to the Amherst Police Department

19a-b. Academic honesty infractions including plagiarism, cheating, attempts to cheat and falsification of materials (see p. 5 for the academic honesty policy)

1s t offense: Zero/no credit for assignment, parent/guardian - administrator communication, loss of eligibility for honor roll for the trimester in which the infraction occurred, and if applicable, loss of membership in the National Honor Society or loss of eligibility to apply for the remainder of the school year

Subsequent offenses: Zero/no credit for assignment, parent/guardian - administrator conference, loss of eligibility for honor roll or National Honor Society for the subsequent three trimesters

19c. Forgery of notes

1st offense: Administrative detention and parent/guardian contact

Subsequent offenses: 1 day internal suspension

20a. Unexcused absence from class

1st offense: Administrative detention and parent/guardian notification

Subsequent offenses: 2 administrative detentions per offense

Please see further information on the attendance policy on p. 4.

20d. Tardy to class

1st/subsequent offenses: Administrative detention

Consequences for tardy to class are assigned on a per class basis. A student will be assigned an administrative detention for their third tardy to a class, and for each subsequent tardy to that class, an additional detention will be assigned.

20e. Leaving campus/Out of bounds

Amherst Regional High School is a closed campus. All students are expected to remain inside of the school building for the duration of the school day, except during lunch when students are authorized to be in the area by the picnic tables to the left of the cafeteria exit. The War Memorial Pool, the playground area, all parking lots, cars, and the Middle School, including the road leading to it from the high school, are considered off limits. As well, the roof of the school is also considered out of bounds. This is the case for both during and after school hours.

1st offense: Administrative detention

Subsequent offenses: 1 day internal suspension

20f. Failure to serve teacher detention

1st offense: Administrative detention and parent/guardian contact

Subsequent offenses: 2 administrative detentions per infraction

20g. Failure to serve administrative detention

1st offense: 2 administrative detentions

Subsequent offenses: 1 day internal suspension

21a. Insubordination or failure to comply with staff/faculty request to provide name or follow instructions

1st offense: Administrative detention

Subsequent offenses: 1-2 day internal suspension

22a. False fire alarm or alarm to any Emergency Services

1s t offense: 2-4 day external suspension, restitution for emergency services, possible referral to the Amherst Police Department; restitution to Emergency Services for cost of the response;

Subsequent offenses: 5-7 day external suspension, restitution for emergency services, referral to the Amherst Police Department

22c. Bomb threats, making and/or being involved in the making of a bomb threat and/or other threats to the safety of the school community

1st offense: 10 day external suspension, restitution for emergency services, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: Long term-suspension, restitution for emergency services, possible expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

22e. Possession and/or use of fire works, smoke bombs and any other incendiary device

1st offense: 5-7 day external suspension, restitution for property damage and emergency services, and referral to Amherst Police Department

Subsequent offenses: 8-10 day external suspension, restitution for property damage and emergency services, possible expulsion, and referral to the Amherst Police Department

22f. Possession of lighters or matches

1st offense: Confiscation of materials, administrative detention and parent/guardian contact

Subsequent offenses: Confiscation of materials, 1 day internal suspension

22g. Possession of drug paraphernalia(inclusive of, but not limited to, pipe or other item used as a pipe, rolling machine, scale, grinder, blunts, roll papers, etc)

1st offense: Confiscation of materials, 2 day suspension

Subsequent offenses: Confiscation of materials, 4 day suspension and possible referral to Amherst Police Department

23a. Inappropriate or disruptive personal attire

Students are expected to dress in a manner consistent with the academic and social goals of our school. Articles of clothing which are distracting or disruptive to the educational process, which violate common standards of decency and modesty, or which contain obscenities, fighting words, or references to gangs, drugs or alcohol are not acceptable. Extremely brief garments or see-through garments are not appropriate for school. Under garments must not be exposed. Any staff member who feels that a student's attire does not meet these standards may send the student to the Dean for a conference.

1st offense: Parent/guardian contact; students must change their clothes

Subsequent offenses: 1 day internal suspension

23b. Use of cell phones (including text messaging and camera functions) in the school building; use of portable music players and other electronic devices in ARHS classrooms

1st offense: Administrative detention, confiscation of electronic device until the end of the school day

Subsequent offenses: Administrative detention, confiscation of electronic device (to be returned only to student's parent/guardian)

23c. Improper use of portable music players in directed study[see guidelines in ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINARY AND SAFETY POLICIES section below]

1st offense Confiscation of headphones and turned in to the Dean's Office for the remainder of the day.

Subsequent offense Written referral to the Dean; administrative detention; loss of headphone privileges for the current trimester.

Subsequent violations will result in loss of headphone privileges for one year.

23d. Disruptive behavior including but not limited to play-fighting, tripping, throwing food or other objects, and the use of water guns and water balloons; inclusive of cafeteria food fights and leaving lunch trash behind on cafeteria tables;

1st offense: Administrative detention, restitution for property damage

Subsequent offenses: 1-3 day external suspension, restitution for property damage

24. Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy

Note: any violation of the Acceptable Use Policy (see District section of handbook) may result in temporary loss or termination of computer use privileges as well as application of other relevant disciplinary consequences.

24a. Use of computer technology for games, chat, music and other programs not specifically assigned by a teacher

1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 2 weeks

Subsequent offenses:Loss of computer privileges for 4 weeks

24b. Using someone else's account or allowing someone else to use your account

1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 2 weeks

Subsequent offenses: Loss of computer privileges for 4 weeks

24c. Changing the configuration of any workstation, installing games or other programs

1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 4 weeks

Subsequent offenses: Loss of computer privileges for 8 weeks

24d. Possession of or installation of programs which can be potentially harmful to the computer or individuals??? accounts

1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 6 weeks

Subsequent offenses: Loss of computer privileges for 12 weeks

24e. Physical damage to computers

1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 6 weeks

Subsequent offenses: Loss of computer privileges for 12 weeks

24f. Use of technology to produce inappropriate, derogatory or harassing material

1st offense: Loss of computer privileges for 6 weeks

Subsequent offenses: Loss of computer privileges for 12 weeks

25a. Unauthorized or improper parking, including parking in non-designated or faculty areas and parking without a permit

1st offense: Towing of vehicle

Subsequent offenses: Towing of vehicle, loss of parking privileges on school grounds for 10 days

25b. Unauthorized or improper use of motor vehicles, including driving vehicles during school hours and reckless driving

1st offense: Loss of parking privileges on school grounds for 10 days

Subsequent offenses: Loss of parking privileges on school grounds for 30 days, possible referral to Amherst Police Department

26. Indecent Exposure

1st offense: 3-5 day external suspension;

Subsequent offenses: 6-10 day external suspension;

Please Note: The District reserves the right to discipline for conduct not mentioned in the above list of offenses, when such conduct disrupts or interferes with the educational program or which infringes on/interferes with the health and safety of any member of the school.

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