PCSSD - 4.18 Prohibited Conduct

4.18 Prohibited Conduct

Students and staff require a safe and orderly learning environment that is conducive to high student achievement. Certain student behaviors are unacceptable in such an environment and are hereby prohibited by the Board. Prohibited behaviors include, but shall not be limited to the following:

  1. Disrespect for school employees and failing to comply with their reasonable directions or otherwise demonstrating insubordination;
  2. Disruptive behavior that interferes with orderly school operations;
  3. Willfully and intentionally assaulting or threatening to assault or physically abusing any student or school employee;
  4. Possession of any weapon that can reasonably be considered capable of causing bodily harm to another individual;
  5. Possession or use of tobacco in any form on any property owned or leased by any public school;
  6. Willfully or intentionally damaging, destroying, or stealing school property;
  7. Possession of any paging device, beeper, or similar electronic communication devices on the school campus during normal school hours unless specifically exempted by the administration for health or other compelling reasons;
  8. Possession, selling, distributing, or being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, any illegal drug, unauthorized inhalants, or the inappropriate use or sharing of prescription or over the counter drugs, or other intoxicants, or anything represented to be a drug;
  9. Sharing, diverting, transferring, applying to others (such as needles or lancets), or in any way misusing medication or any medical supplies in their possession;
  10. Inappropriate public displays of affection;
  11. Cheating, copying, or claiming another person's work to be his/her own;
  12. Gambling;
  13. Inappropriate student dress;
  14. Use of vulgar, profane, or obscene language or gestures;
  15. Truancy;
  16. Excessive tardiness;
  17. Engaging in behavior designed to taunt, degrade, or ridicule another person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or disability;
  18. Possess, view, distribute or electronically transmit sexually explicit or vulgar images or representations, whether electronically, on a data storage device, or in hard copy form;  
  19. Hazing, or aiding in the hazing of another student;
  20. Gangs or gang-related activities, including belonging to secret societies of any kind, are forbidden on school property. Gang insignias, clothing, “throwing signs” or other gestures associated with gangs are prohibited;
  21. Sexual harassment;                                      
  22. Bullying; 
  23. Operating a vehicle on school grounds while using a wireless communication device.; and
  24. Theft of another individual’s personal property.

The Board directs each school in the District to develop implementation regulations for prohibited student conduct consistent with applicable Board policy, State and Federal laws, and judicial decisions.  


Legal References:

  • A.C.A. § 6-18-502
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-707
  • A.C.A. § 6-15-1005
  • A.C.A. § 6-21-609
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-506
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-222
  • A.C.A. § 6-5-201
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-514

Cross-References:

  • Prohibited Conduct #1—Policy # 3.17
  • Prohibited Conduct #2— Policy # 4.20
  • Prohibited Conduct #3— Policy # 4.21, 4.26
  • Prohibited Conduct #4— Policy # 4.22
  • Prohibited Conduct #5— Policy # 4.23
  • Prohibited Conduct #7—Policy 4.47
  • Prohibited Conduct #8— Policy # 4.24
  • Prohibited Conduct # 13— Policy # 4.25
  • Prohibited Conduct # 14— Policy # 4.21
  • Prohibited Conduct # 15— Policy # 4.7
  • Prohibited Conduct # 16 — Policy # 4.9
  • Prohibited Conduct # 17— Policy # 4.43
  • Prohibited Conduct # 19— Policy # 4.12
  • Prohibited Conduct # 20— Policy # 4.26
  • Prohibited Conduct # 21—Policy # 4.27
  • Prohibited Conduct # 22— Policy # 4.43

Manual Adoption: 2/8/00

Date Adopted: 3/8/1966

Revised: 4/1/2015

Last Revised:  10/09/18