Students’ Behavioral Code


NIVA International School expects all students to work to the best of their ability and to cooperate with fellow students and school staff in maintaining a safe, healthy and orderly learning environment.

A proper learning environment must be free from disruptive, threatening and dangerous behaviors that interfere with the excitement and challenges of teaching and learning.

These rules are intended to promote good citizenship, self-respect, respect for others, property and environment.

Violence/Fighting

Any acts of violence, whether verbal, emotional, psychological or physical will not be tolerated. In severe cases, the students may be suspended or dismissed.

Vandalism

Everyone at NIVA is required to respect both public and private property. Any form of vandalism and/or damage will not be tolerated. Defacement of school property will not be tolerated (e.g. writing on desks with any substance). The school will forward repair or replacement costs to students or the class as whole for the damages.

Theft

Stealing is totally not acceptable. School has installed surveillance cameras in strategic places. Once caught, expulsion is the general rule. Taking care of personal property is a responsibility of everyone. Please use your lockers to keep money and valuable items.

Eating in Class/Basketball Courts

Food and other beverages should be consumed in the school canteen; not in other areas of the building, in the classrooms or on the basketball courts. Students can bring bottled water into classrooms.

Littering

Littering is a bad habit. Besides, it is the responsibility of every student to keep the school environment, classrooms and all other facilities clean and free from litter.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism means stealing somebody’s work or idea: copying what somebody else has written or taking somebody else’s idea and trying to pass it off as original or present as his or her own. (Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2004. © 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation) Plagiarism is copying, whether it be directly from books, internet or from another student. You must acknowledge all ideas that you quote, paraphrase, and summarize from another author through a reference list and references.

NIVA students must not be involved in plagiarism. All work must be the student’s own. No grade will be awarded for plagiarized work.

No grades will be awarded for cheating on tests and homework. Forging signatures is also serious offence that will be dealt with seriously.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Illegal and prohibited substances include narcotics, stimulants, barbiturates, hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana, medication not prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, tobacco and alcohol.

Weapons

Any device that can be used as a weapon will be confiscated when brought to school. Not cooperating in this matter or using a weapon to threaten or harm anyone will cause the offender to be expelled from school. In very serious cases, the offender will be reported to the police.

Electronic gadgets

Electronic gadgets such as digital music player, mobile phones, PCT’s, etc. are not allowed to be used in classrooms. Any student found using them in the class will have their device confiscated.

Toys, Expensive jewelry, and excessive cash

Students are not expected to bring toys, expensive jewelry or excessive cash to school.

Violence/Fighting

Any acts of violence, whether verbal, emotional, psychological or physical will not be tolerated. In severe cases, the students may be suspended or dismissed.

Vandalism

Everyone at NIVA is required to respect both public and private property. Any form of vandalism and/or damage will not be tolerated. Defacement of school property will not be tolerated (e.g. writing on desks with any substance). The school will forward repair or replacement costs to students or the class as whole for the damages.

Theft

Stealing is totally not acceptable. School has installed surveillance cameras in strategic places. Once caught, expulsion is the general rule. Taking care of personal property is a responsibility of everyone. Please use your lockers to keep money and valuable items.

Eating in Class/Basketball Courts

Food and other beverages should be consumed in the school canteen; not in other areas of the building, in the classrooms or on the basketball courts. Students can bring bottled water into classrooms.

Littering

Littering is a bad habit. Besides, it is the responsibility of every student to keep the school environment, classrooms and all other facilities clean and free from litter.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism means stealing somebody’s work or idea: copying what somebody else has written or taking somebody else’s idea and trying to pass it off as original or present as his or her own. (Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2004. © 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation) Plagiarism is copying, whether it be directly from books, internet or from another student. You must acknowledge all ideas that you quote, paraphrase, and summarize from another author through a reference list and references.

NIVA students must not be involved in plagiarism. All work must be the student’s own. No grade will be awarded for plagiarized work.

No grades will be awarded for cheating on tests and homework. Forging signatures is also serious offence that will be dealt with seriously.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Illegal and prohibited substances include narcotics, stimulants, barbiturates, hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana, medication not prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, tobacco and alcohol.

Weapons

Any device that can be used as a weapon will be confiscated when brought to school. Not cooperating in this matter or using a weapon to threaten or harm anyone will cause the offender to be expelled from school. In very serious cases, the offender will be reported to the police.

Electronic gadgets

Electronic gadgets such as digital music player, mobile phones, PCT’s, etc. are not allowed to be used in classrooms. Any student found using them in the class will have their device confiscated.

Toys, Expensive jewelry, and excessive cash

Students are not expected to bring toys, expensive jewelry or excessive cash to school.

Time outs / Detention

Time outs are for the Elementary students. These take place during break, lunch or ECA time. Detentions are for Middle and High school students. These take place during ECA period time only. A letter will be sent to the parents giving the date and time of the detention. Parents are responsible for transportation of their child if an after school detention is given.

Suspensions

Students can receive suspensions from any school activity for committing serious offences or failing to respond to requests and actions seeking a change of behavior. Students may be given an in-school suspension where they remain on campus, but will not attend classes or participate in any activity other than assigned tasks including work. Students may also be asked to stay home for one or more days depending on the severity of the offence. It is then the responsibility of the student to bring work home to catch up on work they will have missed.

Parents will be called for a conference prior to all suspensions.

Expulsions

The SMT, Student Affairs and Guidance members can recommend complete withdrawal from NIVA for the most serious offenses, or in the case of students failing to respond to suspensions or academic probationary measures.

The consequence for stealing, fighting (physical) and substance abuse is usually expulsion.

Choices and Consequences

At NIVA students are expected to take responsibility for their decisions and actions. Please consider the disciplinary measures listed below:

If a student chooses to:      The consequence will be:
 Skip class, homeroom  Detention, letter home
Excessive tardiness  Detention, letter home, parent conference
 Excessive absences  Letter home, detention, parent conference
   
 Leave campus without permission  Detention, suspension, parent informed
 Disrespect to staff  Detention, suspension, parent informed
 Caught fighting  Counseling, parent conference, suspension, expulsion
 Use or be in possession of a drug   Suspension, parent conference, counseling, periodic urine testing
 Steal, engage in serious damage to school property  Parent conference, possible expulsion for serious damage
 Cheat on a test, plagiarize   Zero for the work, detention or suspension falsify grades
 Misuse of school computers  Suspension, parent conference, ban on use