• Student Code of Conduct
     
    CLASSIFICATIONS OF VIOLATIONS
    Violations of the Student Code of Conduct are grouped into three classifications of MINOR, INTERMEDIATE, and MAJOR offenses.  Each classification is followed by a disciplinary procedure to be implemented by the Principal or his/her designee.  In addition, the Board of Education authorizes the administration at the local school to develop specific local school rules and regulations which will assist in enforcing the Student Code of Conduct.
     
    CLASS I VIOLATIONS - Minor Offenses
    • excessive distraction of other students
    • littering of school property
    • gambling
    • tardiness or check-outs
    • use of profane, obscene or racially offensive language
    • nonconformity to dress code
    • minor disruption on a school bus
    • inappropriate public display of affection
    • unauthorized absence from class or school
    • repeated refusal to complete class assignments and failure to bring required instructional materials to class
    • vehicular violations
    • out of assigned area
    • horseplay/shoving/running/minor disruption
    • failure to serve school-based discipline assignment such as detention
    • technology infraction - refer to the Guidelines for Technology Infractions
    • any other offense which the Principal may reasonably deem to fall within this category 
     
    CLASS II VIOLATIONS - Intermediate Offenses
    • defiance of Board employee's authority
    • possession, control, or use of tobacco products or paraphernalia (lighters, matches, vapor pens, e-cigarettes, rolling papers, cigarettes, smoke-less tobacco, and any similar devices or objects) - NOTE:  The use of any tobacco products while under school jurisdiction and c ircumstances arising from use of or possession of these items could result in a Class III violation.
    • battery upon students
    • fighting
    • vandalism
    • stealing - larceny - petty theft - NOTE:  The theft of property less than $500 in value, and which is taken from the person of another, constitutes theft of property.
    • possession of stolen property with the knowledge that it is stolen
    • threats - extortion
    • threats, harrassment, or intimidation of a student
    • trespassing
    • possession of fireworks or firecrackers
    • offensive touching of another person
    • sexual harassment, including, but not limited to, written or verbal propositions to promote sexual acts
    • use of obscene manifestations (verbal, written, physical) toward another person 
    • directing obscene or profane language to a Board employee or visitor
    • leaving school premises without permission
    • cheating - serious or repeated violations
    • intentionally providing false information to a Board employee
    • assault
    • any misuse or abuse of cellular and/or telecommunication devices - NOTE: Proper use of a cellular and/or telecommunications device is determined by the school.
    • illegal organizations: fraternities, sororities, gangs, and secret societies
    • violation of Alabama's criminal statutes
    • physical contact with other students
    • academic dishonesty
    • any misuse or abuse of any computer or computer program
    • technology infraction - refer to the Guidelines for Technology Infractions
    • possession of pornographic material
    • any other offense which the Principal may reasonably deem to fall within this category
     
    CLASS III VIOLATIONS - Major Offenses
    • possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and alcohol, or substances represented to be illegal
    • imitation controlled substances
    • arson
    • threat, harassment, intimidation of or battery upon Board employee
    • robbery
    • stealing - larceny - grand theft
    • burglary of school property
    • criminal mischief
    • possession of firearms
    • discharging of any pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun, BB gun, or any other device on school property
    • possession of weapons/explosives
    • terroristic threats
    • bomb threats
    • sexual acts
    • aggravated battery
    • inciting or participating in major student disorder
    • unjustified activation of a fire alarm system
    • igniting fireworks and/or firecrackers
    • unauthorized access or providing unauthorized access into a school building
    • display or distribution of obscene, pornographic, and/or sexual material
    • hazing at school or at school sanction events
    • technology infraction - refer to the Guidelines for Technology Infractions 
    • accumulation of 10 days of out of school suspensions
    • assault
    • any other offense which the Principal may reasonably deem to fall within this category 
     
     
     
    GUIDELINES FOR TECHNOLOGY INFRACTIONS
    This is a companion document to the Tuscaloosa County School System's Code of Conduct.
     
    CLASS I VIOLATIONS - Minor Offenses - Technology Infraction
    • unauthorized or inappropriate written/oral communication, use of e-mail, websites, apps, games, messaging services, chat rooms, or other non-school related activity.  School personnel may authorize educational use of the above applications during school hours or otherwise when school is not in session.
    • use of non-directed profane, inflammatory, or abusive language
    • downloading, loading, storing, creating, unauthorized files, images, video, music, apps, data, or programs that do not result in damages to person or property
    • unauthorized transmission of personal information over the internet
    • activity that may be disruptive to the school environment
     
    CLASS II VIOLATIONS - Intermediate Offenses - Technology Infraction
    • negligent care of or vandalism such as malicious attempt to harm or destroy any Tuscaloosa County School System device resulting in damage less than $500
    • changing software/hardware configurations
    • downloading, loading, storing, or creating unauthorized files images, video, music, apps, data, programs, or viruses resulting in damages to any TCSS device. 
    • taking pictures, audio, and/or video without subject's or school's permission
    • use of unauthorized anonymous and/or false communications via social media sites and/or electronic communication
    • unauthorized change of program settings or any behavior or activity that damages or disrupts network performance on school devices
    • deletion, examination, copying, or modifying of files/data/device setting belonging to other users, including staff, students, and district, to include sharing, using, or modifying usernames and/or passwords
    • bypassing the Tuscaloosa County School System's web filter through a web proxy
    • cheating (refer to Code of Conduct Class II Violations)
    • subsequent offenses that may be disruptive to the school environment
    • harassment
    • action violating exciting board policy
     
    CLASS III VIOLATIONS - Major Offenses - Technology Infraction
    • any activity that voids the device, service agreement, software license or warranty such as, but not limited to, jail breaking or rooting (process of hacking a device to bypass digital rights management software)
    • unauthorized entry to to program files/hacking
    • vandalism such as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy a Tuscaloosa County School System owned device resulting in damages in excess of $500
    • sending, transmitting, accessing, uploading, downloading, distributing, or publishing obscene, offensive, profane, threatening, harassing, pornographic, or sexually explicit materials that result in personal injury to staff or students
    • use of school/district's Internet or email accounts for financial gain or personal gain, or any illegal activity
    • offenses on multiple occasions that may be disruptive to the school environment
    • any use that violates local, state and/or federal laws or regulations
    • sending, transmitting, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing inappropriate, obscene, offensive, profane, threatening, harassing, pornographic, or sexually explicit materials intended to harm or demean staff or students