Code of Student Conduct
Each school has developed a school-wide discipline plan consistent with policies in this handbook. A copy is provided to all students. Education Code 35291.5.
The Board of Trustees believes that one of the major functions of the public schools is the preparation of youth for responsible citizenship. The district shall foster a learning environment that reinforces the concepts of self-discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility. In order to maintain an environment conducive to attaining the highest of quality of education in the district, their must exist certain disciplinary policies and regulations relating to student conduct which delineate acceptable behavior and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices within each school in the district. (Education Code 35291.5) The schools shall not tolerate any comments or gestures that denigrate other on account of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disadvantage. Students shall be subject to disciplinary procedures for bullying other students or for using insults, slurs, or fighting words which may disrupt school activities. These policies and regulations will be enforced fairly and uniformly and consistently without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or physical or mental handicaps.
California Education Code encourages schools to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion that are age appropriate and designed to address and correct the student’s specific misbehavior (Ed. Code 48900 (v)) Additionally, the law requires that schools first utilize other means of correction prior to suspending a student from school, in most situations. (Ed. Code 48900.5) Depending on the offense, school administrators may offer restorative practices as a reduction to suspension, alternative to suspension, or in addition to other disciplinary actions taken. A restorative option allows students the chance to attempt to make right any harm they have done to the school community, as well as to take steps towards making better choices in the future. If a restorative option is offered, and the student does not fulfill the agreed upon activity by the specified date, the original day(s) of suspension will be restored.
The expulsion process is part of Board Policy 5144.1 (Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process). The intent of this summary of expulsion proceedings in no way meant to be a substitute for the detailed information parents will receive in Board Policy 5144.1 (Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process). Please click here to view the Expulsion Process.
With the concurrence of the school principal, a student may transfer voluntarily to another school if space is available. A student who has voluntarily transferred to continuation school shall have the right to return to the comprehensive high school at the beginning of the following school year, or may return at any time with the consent of the superintendent’s designee
Students have a right to due process under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Due process for disciplinary actions, including suspensions, administrative transfers and expulsions, includes:
- If the charges are denied, an explanation of the evidence by school authorities
- The opportunity for the student to explain his/her position
- Written notice of the charges against the student
- The opportunity to be represented by an advocate
- The opportunity to question the person making charges and to present witnesses
- The opportunity to appeal the decision to a higher authority
The Pleasanton Unified School District has an excellent cooperative relationship with the Pleasanton Police Department. There is a bi-monthly meeting between the two agencies to share information for the safety of all students.
Sexual Harassment/ Student to Student
Complaints of sexual harassment shall be handled quickly, confidentially and as fairly as possible. Employees and pupils who file sexual harassment complaints shall not be retaliated against for making such a complaint.
Forms of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment may occur as a pattern of degrading sexual speech or action ranging from verbal or physical annoyances or distractions to deliberate intimidations and frank threats or sexual demands. Forms of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to the following:
Any student reporting incidents of sexual harassment (complainant and/or victim):
- Has the right to file a formal written complaint with the District.
- Will be provided support services by the District/school site upon receipt of their complaint, which may include counseling, academic support services, and/or a “no contact” order.
- May agree to engage in procedures to informally resolve their complaint, as appropriate under AR 1312.3.
- Will be given the opportunity to explain and provide evidence related to their complaint.
- Will receive notice of the outcome of their complaint, as described in AR 1312.3.
- Will receive information about how to appeal the outcome of their complaint to the California Department of Education, should they disagree with it, as described in AR 1312.3.
- May file their complaint directly with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
The individual named in the complaint (respondent/alleged offender):
- Will be informed of the claims brought forth against them.
- Will be provided support services by the District/school site, while any complaint is pending which may include counseling, academic support services, and/or a “no contact” order.
- May agree to engage in procedures to informally resolve the complaint brought forth against them, as appropriate under AR 1312.3.
- Will be given the opportunity to respond to and provide evidence related to the complaint.
- Will receive notice of the outcome of the complaint brought forth against them.
The District/School Site:
- Will report complaints of sexual harassment to the District’s Title IX Coordinator or designee for processing.
- The designee will initiate an investigation into the complaint. At the conclusion of the investigation, the designee will issue notice of the outcome to the Complainant/Victim and Respondent/Alleged Offender, in accordance with AR 1312.3.
- Will assist in providing support services for the Complainant/Victim and Respondent/Alleged Offender while any complaint is pending.
- Will keep all complaints and allegations of sexual harassment confidential, except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.
- Will implement appropriate corrective actions in cases where there has been a violation of District policy.