Bullying, Discipline, Detention, Suspension and Expulsion


DIOCESE OF JOLIET – CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

All elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Joliet shall actively seek to provide a supportive, caring environment in which all persons are safe from all forms of intimidation including bullying, which is unacceptable, unchristian, and strictly prohibited.

For the purpose of this policy, bullying is defined in conformity with Illinois Law as follows: “Any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  1. Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property,
  2. Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health,
  3. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance, or
  4. Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.” 105 ILCS5/27-23.7

Bullying Conduct
Bullying conduct covered by this policy is conduct that occurs on school property or at school sponsored activities or events; while students are being transported or walking to or from school or school sponsored activities or events; while students are waiting at school bus stops or cyberbullying as define hereinafter.

Cyberbullying
This policy prohibits bullying and intimidation of students through the use of internet and social internet sites (blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.) on personal computers or personal electronic devices, whether on or off the school campus, or during non-school hours.

Any student who engages in bullying will be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral to local law enforcement. Behavioral interventions may be included as a component of the disciplinary actions. This may include but is not limited to mandatory counseling.

Retaliatory behavior by a student accused of bullying will also incur consequences. False accusations of bullying will result in disciplinary action taken against the accuser.

Any reported bullying issue will be promptly brought to the attention of the appropriate party: the Pastor or the Principal or designee, and therefore investigated.

Reference: The Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS, 5/27-23.7

Discipline

Discipline will be developed in a positive manner. Corporal punishment will not be used. Examples of disciplinary procedures that may be used are: conferencing with the student, reproof, forfeiting the right to be with other students, loss of privileges, detention, suspension, and expulsion.

Detention

Students in grades 4-8 are subject to a detention program. Detentions will be given for inappropriate behavior or missing work. Detentions will be served on Mondays from 2:45 P.M. to 3:45 P.M. If there is no school on Monday, the student will serve the detention on Tuesday.

Students who are to serve a detention will be given a detention slip on Friday. The slip is to be signed by one of the student’s parents and returned by the student to the principal on Monday. If the detention is for missing assignments, the assignments are to be returned with the detention slip.

If the student receiving the detention participates in athletics, the first detention will result in a warning for eligibility. The second detention will result in the loss of athletic eligibility for a minimum of one week. If a student has three detentions in one grading quarter, his/her parents will be called. A conference may possibly be scheduled at that time.

Suspension and Expulsion

The reasons justifying expulsion from a Catholic School should be as serious as they are rare. Even when such reasons exist, other avenues must be explored before the decision to expel is reached.

There are three general situations which may lead to expulsion:

  1. When the moral, academic, or physical well-being of the student body is endangered
  2. Possession on school property of any instrument, article, or device capable of causing bodily harm or injury to another individual
  3. When there is prolonged and open disregard for school authority

As soon as it becomes evident that expulsion of a particular child is necessary, the principal should confer with the pastor of the parish, and notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student. Every effort should be made to enlist the cooperation of the parent(s) or guardian(s) in order to avoid invoking this extreme penalty. When a student has been expelled, the Catholic Schools Office will be notified.

Specific cases when expulsion may be necessary are:

  1. Use of alcohol or tobacco during school hours
  2. Repeated truancy
  3. Use of dangerous drugs
  4. Possession on school property of any instrument, article, or device capable of causing bodily harm or injury to another individual
  5. Willful and negligent damage to the school or church buildings, grounds, or contents
  6. Repeated cases of disrespect for authority
  7. Any other conduct that may threaten themselves or others morally, physically, or spiritually

While expulsion is permanent dismissal from school, suspension is temporary dismissal from school. A student may be suspended by the principal. Such suspension should be immediately reported to the pastor and the school board.

Suspension may result from:

  1. Any of the reasons listed for expulsion
  2. Leaving the school grounds without permission
  3. Cases of disregard for authority and open defiance of school rules

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Updated August 24, 2016