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Student Conduct

Student Dress

The appearance and dress of any student is the primary responsibility of both the student and the parent. Fishers students are expected to maintain an appearance that is appropriate for school and conducive to the educational atmosphere. Whenever a school official considers a student’s appearance to be inappropriate for the educational environment, a conference will be held and the student will be asked to make a modification.

The following are examples of clothing or items that are considered to be inappropriate:

  • Clothing and/or any adornment displaying messages or images not appropriate for school. Examples would be messages containing profanity; sexual innuendo; references to drugs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or violence; or messages that incite hate towards other students or student groups.
  • Clothing that is designed to reveal bare midriffs, buttocks, torso, undergarments, or the lack of undergarments.
  • Brimmed hats or masks; hooded clothing must be worn with the hood down.
  • Heavy and/or long coats.
  • Any item that might cause a concern for student safety.
  • No blankets or pillows are permitted ​Students are not permitted to carry signs, flags, or non-educational items that the school can reasonably forecast will substantially or materially disrupt the school environment.

Students who violate the dress code may face disciplinary action.

Student Identification Cards

Student identification cards are necessary to conduct business in all areas of the school. Students are required to have a valid identification card with them at all times and present that card to any staff member upon request. Failure to present an identification card on request may result in disciplinary action. Identification cards may also be required for extracurricular events. Cards which are altered, lost, or damaged must be replaced. Original identification cards will be free to students. Replacements must be purchased by students.

Student Passes

Students in the hall during a class period must have a signed pass from an authorized individual classroom teacher, secretary, etc. Students may not go outside the building unless that pass is written by or approved by an administrator. Students who forge a hall pass, possess a forged hall pass, are out of assigned area or enter a restricted area without permission will face disciplinary consequences.

Emergency Drill Regulations

A student who deliberately sets a false alarm or telephones a false emergency will be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to prosecution.

Display of Affection

The display of affection, such as kissing, petting, and inappropriate body movements and actions, is not acceptable for school or school activities. Conferences will be held with persons unable to govern themselves appropriately, and suspensions can be applied to persistent violators.

Electronic Devices

Students are required to have an electronic device that meets or exceeds HSE Schools BYOD guidelines. Teacher discretion may be used to restrict the use of electronic devices in the classroom for particular classroom activities. If school personnel have reasonable suspicion to believe a student has used an electronic device to violate a school rule or interfere with school purpose, that device may be confiscated and subject to reasonable search. All parts of the item(s) will be confiscated which includes batteries and memory cards. Confiscated items (when released by school officials) must be picked up by parent or guardian. Cell phones are not to be used by students in the classroom unless explicitly stated otherwise by the teacher, substitute teacher, or administrator. Students using their cell phones inappropriately and/or against classroom procedures may be subject to progressive discipline.
*The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Classroom Rules

Student behavior will be governed by the classroom teachers’ regulations. Individual classroom rules are given to all students by the classroom teacher at the beginning of the school year (or new semester, if appropriate.) It is the student’s responsibility to read the rules and to conduct himself/herself accordingly.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty, such as but not limited to cheating or plagiarism, is considered a serious offense by the faculty and staff of the High School. Any student who commits academic dishonesty for the first time may lose all credit for that assignment and parents will be notified by the teacher and/or a school official. A student committing academic dishonesty for a second time, in the same class, will be notified by the teacher, seen by the Dean, and may be withdrawn from that class with a failing grade (WF).


Building policy requires ALL major papers be submitted to a turnitin.com drop box in Canvas. This electronic review service assists the instructor in identifying originality of thought. It is possible an instructor will require additional assignments (journal entries, drafts, creative writing, etc.) be submitted to a turnitin.com drop box at his or her discretion.  Instruction on how to use the turnitin.com drop boxes in Canvas has been made accessible to all students, and students should understand it is their responsibility to ask their individual instructor any questions that may arise with the use of this service.

Inappropriate Conduct

Any conduct that causes a disruption within the school environment is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Intentionally or recklessly injuring another person except for self-defense or reasonable action taken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person
  • Intentionally or recklessly damaging property belonging to someone else
  • Using threats or other conduct or statements intended to intimidate another for any purpose
  • Using obscenity, profanity or inappropriate language (verbal, written, or electronic communications)
  • Falsifying school related documents (i.e. phone calls, permission slips, passes, etc.)
  • Gambling
  • Engaging in pranks that could result in harm to another person or to property belonging to someone else
  • Using, being under the influence of or being otherwise impaired by alcohol, drugs or any controlled substance
  • Disseminating maliciously false, sexually suggestive, or defamatory statements about any student or staff member or immediate family
  • Violating any state or federal law
  • Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, and wrongfully using or distributing test material to others
  • Surreptitiously photographing or recording anyone, or distributing captured content that violates school policies and/or causes harm
  • Engaging in bullying, “cyber” bullying or hazing on school grounds immediately before or during school hours; immediately after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off grounds at a school activity, function or event; traveling to or from school or school activity, function or event; or using school property or equipment provided by the school
  • “Sexting” - The use of a portable communication device to contain or transmit inappropriate and sexual content.  Engaging in “sexting” may lead to school and legal consequences
  • Occupying school property intending to wrongfully deprive others from entering, leaving, or using it
  • Taking or using someone else’s property without that person’s permission
  • Intentionally disrupting or interfering with a school activity
  • Engaging in sexual behavior
  • Substantially disobeying the directions of teachers, coaches or administrators having supervision of the student if the disobedience constitutes and interferes with school purposes or a school activity
  • Without good grounds, accusing another student or a staff member of sexual harassment or of violating a school rule or state or federal law
  • Interfering with or obstructing an investigation by school officials of a violation of this policy
  • Failing to report to school officials a plan or scheme to violate this policy
  • Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or marginalized group
  • Violating a rule that the student’s building principal establishes and the Board of School Trustees approves
  • Entering an area that is off limits, or not being in your assigned area
  • Being in a bathroom stall with another student
  • Selling food or other items outside of official, school-approved fundraisers

Attempt or Conspire – A student may not attempt to engage, assist others in engaging, or conspire with or encourage others to engage in any conduct described above.
Violators will be subject to reasonable disciplinary action and may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency. (I.C. 20-33-8).

Student Expression

One of the basic purposes of education is to prepare students for responsible self-expression. Students have a right to free expression as long as they do not substantially interrupt the educational process.

Student Rights

  1. Students have the right to free expression of ideas and to participate in the publication of such ideas.

  2. Students have the right to express their opinions as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others through personal attacks or obscenities.

Student Publications

The educational policies and procedures governing student publications shall be followed. Faculty advisors will monitor style, grammar, format, and appropriateness of materials. Students will be directed by faculty advisor and/or building principal to judge literary value, news worthiness, propriety, and to recognize and edit material considered obscene, libelous, slanderous, or apt to incite students to commit unlawful acts, violate school regulations, or to disrupt school operations. Student journalists are responsible for determining the content of their publications. They are subject to state law and the policies of the Board. Procedures for distribution of all publications shall be cleared with the principal.

Student Protests, Demonstrations, and Strikes

Students who individually or with others willfully disrupt the routine and daily schedule of the school or a school-sponsored event by encouraging an individual or group to violate an existing school policy, regulation, or administrative decision will be subject to disciplinary action as appropriate.


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