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Directory of Disciplinary Offenses

The rules in the Code of Conduct are designed to notify students (grades K-12) as to the types of behaviors that are not acceptable. Nevertheless, every specific variation of the prohibited code of conduct may not have been included.  Consequently, students should expect to be disciplined for misconduct that is obviously inappropriate.  A specific violation need not be written for every conceivable variation of behavior that directly affects the orderly mission of the school.

Note: These are not in alphabetical order but in order by their state code number.

(01) Alcohol
 
Violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, beverages or substances represented as alcohol. Students under the or consumption of intoxicating alcoholic influence of alcohol may be included if it results in disciplinary action 
*Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Unintentional possession of alcohol
Level 2 Under the influence of alcohol without possession
Level 3 Violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages or substances represented as alcohol.

 

(02) Arson
Unlawful and intentional damage or attempted damage to any real or personal property by fire or incendiary devices. (Note: Possession of fireworks or incendiary devices must be reported as "Possession of Unapproved Items". Use of such items should be reported as Arson.)
*Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not applicable 
Level 2 Attempt to commit arson or use of matches, lighters or incendiary devices at school; includes but not limited to the use of fireworks. Includes but is not limited to trashcan fires without damage to school property.
Level 3 Intentional damage as a result of arson- related activity or the use of an incendiary device. Includes but not limited to setting fires to school property.

 

(03) Battery
Intentional touching or striking of another person to intentionally cause bodily harm. Note: The key difference between battery and fighting is that fighting involves mutual participation.
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Intentional physical attack with the intent to cause bodily harm resulting in no bodily injuries. Includes but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, pinching, slapping, and other intentional physical confrontations.
Level 2 Intentional physical attack with the intent to cause bodily harm resulting in mild or moderate bodily injuries. Includes but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, pinching, slapping, and other physical confrontations that result in mild or moderate injuries.
Level 3 Intentional physical attack with the intent to cause bodily harm resulting in severe injuries or any physical attack on school personnel; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on battery three or more times during the same school. Includes but not limited to choking, pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, pinching, slapping, and other physical confrontations resulting in severe injuries; Includes any physical attack on school personnel; includes incidents serious enough to warrant calling the police or security.

 

(04) Breaking & Entering - Burglary
Unlawful or unauthorized forceful entry into a school building or vehicle (with or without intent to commit theft). (Note: The key difference between Trespassing and Breaking & Entering-Burglary is that Trespassing does not include forceful entry into the school building.)
*Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Not Applicable
Level 3 Unlawful or unauthorized forceful entry into a school building or vehicle (with or without intent to commit theft)

 

(29) Bullying
A pattern of behavior, which may include written, verbal, physical acts, or through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology occurring on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education, threatening the educational environment, or causing substantial physical harm or visibly bodily harm. Level 1 First Offense of bullying as defined in Georgia Code Section 20-2-751.4. Includes but is not limited to a pattern of unwanted teasing, threats, name-calling, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, hazing, physical attacks, extortion, social exclusion, coercion, spreading of rumors or falsehoods, gossip, stalking, or using any type of electronic means to harass or intimidate.
Level 2 Second incident of bullying as defined in Georgia Code Section 20-2-751.4. Includes but is not limited to a pattern of unwanted teasing, threats, name-calling, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, hazing, physical attacks, extortion, social exclusion, coercion, spreading of rumors or falsehoods, gossip, stalking, or the use of electronic equipment on school property or using school equipment to harass or intimidate.
Level 3 Repeated acts, as defined in Georgia Code Section 20-2-751.4, occurring on school property or school possession that is a willful attempt or threat to inflict injury, or apparent means to do so, any display of force that puts victim at fear of harm, any written, verbal or physical act that threatens, harasses, or intimidates; causes another person physical harm; interferes with a student's education; so severe and pervasive intimidated or threatens educational environment. Includes but is not limited to a pattern of unwanted teasing, threats, name-calling, intimidation, harassment, humiliation, hazing, physical attacks, extortion, social exclusion, coercion, spreading of rumors or falsehoods, gossip, stalking, or the use of electronic equipment on school property or using school equipment to harass or intimidate.

 

(05) Computer Trespass
Use of a school computer for anything other than instructional purposes or unauthorized use of a computer or computer network with the intention of deleting, obstructing, interrupting, altering, damaging, or in any way causing the malfunction of the computer, network, program(s) or data. Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Unauthorized use of school computers for anything other than instructional purposes.
Includes but not limited to computer misuse, using computer to view or send inappropriate material, and violation of school computer use policy.
Level 3 Unauthorized use of a computer or computer network with the intention of deleting, obstructing, interrupting, altering, damaging, obtaining confidential information or in any way causing the malfunction of the computer, network, program(s) or data; includes disclosure of a number, code, password, or other means of access to school computers or the school system computer network without proper authorization. Includes but not limited to hacking.

 

(06) Disorderly Conduct
Any act that substantially disrupts the orderly conduct of a school function, substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment, or poses a threat to the health, safety, and/or welfare of students, staff or others. (Includes disruptive behaviors on school buses) Level 1 Creating or contributing to a moderate disturbance that substantially disrupts the normal operation of the school environment but doesn't pose a threat to the health or safety of others. Includes but not limited to general bus misbehavior, spitting on property or persons, encouraging disruptive behavior.
Level 2 Creating or contributing to a severe disturbance that substantially disrupts the normal operation of the school environment but doesn't pose a threat to the health or safety of others; may represent a repeat action.Includes but not limited to general bus misbehavior, spitting on property or persons, encouraging disruptive behavior.
Level 3 Creating or contributing to a severe disturbance that substantially disrupts the school environment or poses a threat to the health and safety of others. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on disorderly conduct three or more times during the same school year.
Includes but not limited to disruptive behavior on school bus, misbehavior during a fire drill or other safety exercise.

 

(07) Drugs Except Alcohol & Tobacco
Unlawful use, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance, or equipment or devices used for preparing or using drugs or narcotics; or any medication prescribed to a student or purchased over- the-counter and not brought to the office upon arrival to school.
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Unintentional possession of prescribed or over the counter medication. Does not include the possession of narcotics or any illegal drugs. Does not include auto-injectable epinephrine as properly administered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-776
Level 2 Any medication prescribed to a student or purchased over-the-counter and not brought to the office upon arrival to school. Does not include auto-injectable epinephrine as properly administered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-776
Level 3

Unlawful use, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance, or equipment or devices used for preparing or using drugs or narcotics. Does not include auto-injectable epinephrine as properly administered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-776.

 

(08) Fighting
Mutual participation in a fight involving physical violence where there is no one main offender and intent to harm. Note: The key difference between fighting and battery is that fighting involves mutual participation. Level 1 A physical confrontation between two or more students with the intent to harm resulting in no bodily injuries
Level 2 A physical confrontation between two or more students with the intent to harm resulting in mild or moderate bodily injuries. Mild or moderate Injuries; may include but is not limited to scratches, bloody noses, bruises, black eyes, and other marks on the body.
Level 3 Physical confrontation between two or more students with intent to harm resulting in severe bodily injuries. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on fighting three or more times during the same school year. Repeated physical confrontations resulting in severe injuries that require medical attention.

 

(09) Homicide
Killing of one human being by another
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Not Applicable
Level 3 Killing of a human being. Includes but is not limited to shooting, stabbing, choking, bludgeoning, etc.

 

(10) Kidnapping

The unlawful and forceful abduction, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will

* Mandatory report to law enforcement

Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Not Applicable
Level 3 The unlawful and forceful abduction, transportation, and/or detention of a person against his/her will.

 

(11) Larceny/Theft
The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity (e.g., school) without threat, violence or bodily harm. Note: The key difference between larceny/theft and robbery is that the threat of physical harm or actual physical harm is involved in a robbery.
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity that does not belong to the student with a value between $25 and $100. Includes but not limited to theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception.
Level 2 The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity that does not belong to the student with a value between $100 and $250.Includes but not limited to theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception.
Level 3 The unlawful taking of property belonging to another person or entity that does not belong to the student with a value exceeding $250. Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on larceny/theft three or more times during the same school year. Includes but not limited to theft by taking, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft by deception

 

(12) Motor Vehicle Theft
Theft or attempted theft of any motor vehicle
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Not Applicable
Level 3 Theft or attempted theft of any motor vehicle.
Includes but not limited to cars, trucks, ATVs, golf carts, etc.

 

(13) Robbery
The taking of, or attempting to take anything of value that is owned by another person or organization under confrontational circumstances by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. Note: The key difference between robbery and larceny/theft is that the threat of physical harm or actual physical harm is involved in a robbery.
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Robbery without the use of a weapon.
Taking something by force or threat of force
Level 3 Taking something by force or threat of force.
Weapons may include but are not limited to guns, knives, clubs, razor blades, etc.

 

(14) Sexual Battery
Oral, anal, or vaginal penetration against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent; touching of private body parts of another person either through human contact or using an object forcibly or against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Not Applicable
Level 3 Oral, anal, or vaginal penetration against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent; touching of private body parts of another person either through human contact or using an object forcibly or against the person's will or where the victim did not or is incapable of giving consent. Includes but is not limited to rape, fondling, child molestation, indecent liberties and sodomy.

 

(15) Sexual Harassment
Non-physical and unwelcome sexual advances, lewd gestures or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature; requests for sexual favors; gender-based harassment that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment Level 1 Comments that perpetuate gender stereotypes or suggestive jokes that are not directed towards specific individuals. Includes but not limited to insensitive or sexually suggestive comments or jokes
Level 2 Comments that perpetuate gender stereotypes, suggestive jokes or lewd gestures that are directed towards specific individuals or group of individuals. Includes but not limited to insensitive or sexually suggestive comments or jokes; leering.
Level 3 Physical or non-physical sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; Level 3 may be used for students that violate the school policy on sexual harassment three or more times during the same school year.

 

(16) Sex Offenses
Unlawful sexual behavior, sexual contact without force or threat of force, or possession of sexually explicit images; can be consensual
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Inappropriate sexually-based physical contact including but not limited to public groping, inappropriate bodily contact, or any other sexual contact not covered in levels 2 or 3. Public groping or inappropriate bodily contact
Level 2 Inappropriate sexually-based behavior including but not limited to sexting, lewd behavior, possession of pornographic materials; simulated sex acts. Sexting; lewd behavior, possession of pornographic materials; simulated sex acts.
Level 3 Engaging in sexual activities on school grounds or during school activities. Oral, anal or vaginal penetration; pimping; prostitution; indecent exposure of private body parts.

 

(17) Threat/Intimidation/Terroristic Threat
Any threat through written or verbal language or act which creates a fear of harm and/or conveys a serious expression of intent to harm or violence without displaying a weapon and without subjecting the victim to actual physical attack
* Mandatory report to law enforcement
Level 1 Not Applicable
Level 2 Physical, verbal or electronic threat which creates fear of harm without displaying a weapon or subjecting victims to physical attack. Physical, verbal or electronic threats.
Level 3 Terroristic threat. School-wide physical, verbal or electronic threat which creates fear of harm without displaying a weapon or subjecting victims to physical attack; Note: Students that display a pattern of behavior that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education, threatening the educational environment, or causing substantial physical harm, threat of harm or visibly bodily harm may be coded as bullying. Includes but not limited to bomb threats or unauthorized pulling of the fire alarm.