Behavioral Policy

  • District Public School & Inter College engages all its students in highly conducive learning process. To this end, DPS&IC has laid down an elaborate Code of Conduct for students, which makes the expectations clearly known to students and also spells out the cost of disorderly behavior. Concerted efforts are made by the DPS&IC to provide best, fair, equal and uninterrupted opportunities to all students for self-actualization of their respective potential. In the process, the students get a most favorable environment for improving upon their personal conduct and behavior; optimally benefiting from the DPS&IC academic culture; achieving desired standards of knowledge; and ultimately exhibiting remarkable results.
  • 2. This supplementary document lays down the parameters for management of discipline in DPS&IC. It elaborates the types of the offences and their penalty as under:
     

Type of Offense

 

Penalty

 

Authority

Major offences with zero tolerance at
Annexure ‘A’
 
 

Termination from DPS&IC

  Principal DPS&IC
Major offences at Annexure ‘B  

Warning on first occurrence
Fine on repetition
Termination
 

  Principal DPS&IC
Minor offence at Annexure ‘C  

Counselling 
Verbal Warning
Written Warning 
Fine 
Parent asked to withdraw the child

  VP/HM/Coordinator/Teacher
VP/HM/Coordinator/Teacher
VP/HM/Coordinator/Teacher
Principal DPS&IC
Principal DPS&IC

 

  • In all discipline cases the administration reserves the right to determine the severity of consequences and treat the offence accordingly. The authorities shall however keep in view the guidelines given at Annexure ‘D’ in handling the discipline cases. 
  • It is incumbent upon all students of DPS&IC to follow the Students’ Discipline Policy everywhere in school and school related activities. To be precise, the Students’ Discipline Policy shall apply in the school classes; in school sports grounds / playing areas; in school van mounting and dismounting areas; in school van; while participating in or observing school sponsored activities; and on school sponsored trips, etcetera. 
  • It is moral obligation of every student to acquaint himself / herself with the rules, policies and SOPs. No excuse by any individual found in violation of any policy/ SOP can be accepted on account of ignorance. Parents / guardians also have an obligation to familiarize themselves with the Students’ Discipline Policy and its consequences. They must ensure that their children follow this policy in true letter and spirit.  

Annexure - A

Major Offences with Zero Tolerance

(Student found guilty of the offence shall be terminated from DPS&IC Institution by the Principal DPS&IC) 
 
  • Resorting to falsification, misrepresentation, deception. 
  • Theft:
    • Physically taking money or property belonging to school or someone else
    • Assisting other students in theft
  • Using unfair means during examination.
  • Smoking or being in possession of smoking material
  • Use or being in possession of drugs / naswar et
  • Getting involved in gambling, drinking, and other immoral excesses
  • Physical sexual harassment which includes touching, patting, cornering, blocking passage, bumping
  • Initiating or provoking a fight
  • Display of gang / mob behavior to include:
    • Boycotting the classes for any reason
    • Protesting against school or staff policies or decisions
    • Joining a fight in progress
    • Making threats on behalf of another person or group
    • Intimidating or threatening anyone as a group
    • Refusing to deposit school fee
  • Consistent violation of school rules.
  • Demonstration of gross misconduct. 
  • Display of weapons in a manner that it provokes fear. Weapons include, but are not limited to, guns, knives, razors, box or carpet cutters, slingshots, nun-chucks, any flailing instrument such as a fighting chain or heavy studded or chain belt, objects designed to project a missile, explosives, mace, pepper spray, or any other similar propellant, or any other object concealed, displayed, brandished in a manner that reasonably provokes fear. 
  • Disobedience; willful refusal to follow directions of a teacher or other staff; open defiance; and display of inappropriate language or profane gestures. 

Annexure - B

Category -2 (Major Offences) 

  • Causing physical or emotional harm to other students
  • Verbal harassment through whistles, offensive comments, offensive jokes, vulgar or rude conversation, and use of inappropriate language
  • Non-verbal harassment by looking at a person up or down, gestures, inappropriate letters, cartoon, posters, or pictures
  • Vandalize personal property to intimidate others
  • Display of exploitative or abusive conduct
  • Sharing information or answers for a quiz, test, or other individual assignment with other students
  • Talking during tests, quizzes, and other assessments
  • Using any unauthorized materials during any type of test or assessment
  • Copying another person’s homework, notebook or assignment
  • Providing homework, notebooks, or assignments without teacher’s permission to others for copying it and submitting it as their own
  • Forging signatures of parents, teachers or school administration

Annexure – C

Minor Offences

  • Non-compliance of DPS&IC rules, policies and SOPs. 
  • Being arrogant and disrespectful to other students, faculty, parents and visitors.
  • Violation of dress code.
  • Display of absenteeism without any valid reasons.
  • Misuse of computer laboratory facilities.
  • Mishandling the facilities available in science laboratories. 
  • Causing or accepting damage to the institution / office’s property such as furniture, equipment, buildings, grounds. 
  • Carrying inappropriate / unauthorized items; bringing to school any personal items or items that interfere with the classroom atmosphere or endanger the health and safety of other students. These items may include:
    • Firecrackers
    • Matches and lighters
    • Chemicals
    • Cell phones
    • Pets
    • Video games
    • Laptops, I Pads, etcetera
    • Personal toys
    • Electronic items including musical instruments
    • Blow horns, noise makers
  • Habitual in skipping the classes
  • Late arrival at the appointed time and place of duty
  • Booing, whistling, cheering and shouting during presentations or assembly.
  • Being discourteous toward speakers, performers and guests
  • Using vulgar or profane language on school grounds
  • Resorting to invalid and uncalled for argument with faculty or students
  • Being out of class for any reason without obtaining a class pass
  • Intentional non-participation in school functions
  • Preventing participation in extra-curricular or special events scheduled by the school
  • Resorting to graffiti / wall chalking by utilizing any type of marking device to include spray paint, brush paint, markers, pen / pencil or stickers to make markings, inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings
  • Concealing of accurate information needed by the school management to make informed, intelligent and correct decisions
  • Not reporting any breach of honor code coming to his / her knowledge; spare a friend and run down a foe
  • Driving vehicle to / from the school (Under age Drivers)
  • Violating the procedure for moving to and from Van Pickup Point to school
  • Misuse of common areas
  • Pushing, shoving, or shouting or running within the school building
  • Moving through corridors during passing time with disrespect for classes in session
  • Spreading rumours or misinformation with an intent of misleading anyone
  • Loitering in bazaars or other public places in school uniform
  • Misconduct of students’ parents which could render student liable to penalty:
    • Lobbying against DPS&IC.
    • Display of inappropriate behavior towards any DPS&IC employee or member BOG.
    • Not attending Parents Teachers Meetings to discuss progress of their wards. 
    • Writing anonymous letters.

Annexure - D

Actions on Breach of Discipline 

1. Discipline Committee: DPS&IC will form a Discipline Committee comprising Vice Principal, Coordinator and two Senior Teacher to handle all discipline cases related to major offences. Where felt necessary, the head of the institution can even refer discipline cases related to minor offences to the discipline committee. Major punishments / penalties will always be administered on the recommendation of the Discipline Committee. 
 
2. Role of Parents / Guardians: The parents / guardians of the students involved in cases under consideration of the Discipline Committee will invariably be involved in investigation of the facts. Moreover, all written counselling and warnings administered to the students will be signed by the parents in the presence of the head of the Discipline Committee and the concerned student(s) in Principal’s office.
 
3. Essential Considerations in Judgment: It is necessary that the offenders’ intent; gravity of offence; number of past / similar violations; general attitude and conduct must always be taken into account before passing any judgement or initiating any disciplinary action against him / her.  
 
4. Dealing with Category – 1 Offences: Though zero tolerance will be exercised for Category -1 Major Offences, however the cases will be thoroughly investigated by the   Discipline Committee and fair chance will be given to the students to defend themselves. The students found guilty will be expelled from the school.   
 
5. Dealing with Category – 2 Major Offences: The cases falling within the realm of Catogry-2 Major Offences are also of extremely serious nature and merit thorough investigation and stringent disciplinary awards. On proven guilty, the violators’ parent / guardian would be asked to withdraw the student from DPS&IC could be expelled from the school keeping in view their intent and involvement or may be sentenced to pay heavy fine and administered last warning. The undertaking must be taken from the parents / guardians of the student(s) placed on last warning that repetition of such offence would certainly result expulsion of the ward(s) from the school.
 
6. Dealing with Minor Offences: Following sequence may be followed for dealing with cases of violations falling in the realm of minor offences: -
  • Verbal counseling on first violation of minor nature.
  • Verbal and written counseling on violation of mild nature or repetition of violation of minor nature.
  • Written warning on repetition of violation of mild nature or first violation of serious nature. Parents / guardians will sign the warning letter in the presence of head of the Discipline Committee and the student(s) being warned. 
  • Fine may be imposed on detection of continuous violations of any nature indicating individual’s tendency to disregard orders. 
  • Heavy fine imposed on willful violation of any rule / SOP / policy even if it is committed for the first time when it is established that the intent is to deceive the system or to escape consequences.
  • In case of minor offences, a period of three months must be used for monitoring the rehabilitation process which should include observing measures undertaken by the penalized individual and his / her parents to improve his / her performance and rendering counseling and guidance on required basis.
7. Counseling
  • This should take the form of an informal private session with the violator with his / her coordinator / teacher. 
  • After establishing that the violation did not occur due to mal intention and has not caused any grief or loss to any individual or system, the concerned coordinator / teacher may call the violator for a private session of informal counseling. 
  • During this session, the violator may be made to realize the mistake, need to follow the rules and display respect for these in overall interest of the institution.
  • If the violator is repentant, admits the mistake and promises not to repeat the violation, session should end here with no further action.
Written Counseling
  • In case the violation has been repeated or the coordinator / teacher feels that it cannot be ignored and needs to be dealt with more firmly, the violator will be given verbal, as well as written counseling. 
  • Written counseling should clearly state the violation and its effects and advise the individual to modify his / her behavior and contain a caution about more serious corrective action in case of repetition. 
  • An official record of this written counseling duly signed by the violator’s parent / guardian as acknowledgement should be included in students’ personal files.
9. Issue of Warning: Where a violator commits an offence despite having been through the first two stages of counselling or has committed an offence of relatively serious nature for the first time, he / she may be issued with a written warning for stern action. This warning must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian in the presence of Head of Discipline Committee and concerned student.
 
10. Issue of Notice to the Parents: Besides above-mentioned process of counselling and warnings, the head of the institution may choose to involve the parents / guardians through issuing of notices as under: -  
  • In case the violation has negative fallout to include bad name to the institution, financial loss or causing hurt to anyone, or where it is felt that the violation is intentional, of grave nature or the individual is setting a bad precedent through repetition, notice may be issued to the parents / guardian for visiting school and submit written assurance for non-committal of such offence by their ward in future. 
  • Issue of two notices to the parents over any period of time will render their ward disqualified for continuing in the school.
11. Fine
  • The school principal may, when felt necessary, impose fine in cases of minor violations without referring these cases to the Discipline Committee.
  • Fine can also be imposed for recovery of financial loss from student involved in willful damage to the property.