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Code of Conduct / Code of Ethics and Honesty

Our code of RESPECT emphasizes the importance of Responsibility, Empathy, Safety, Positive Attitude, Excellence, Caring and Teamwork to our school community and clarifies expectations of all community members at school, at school-related activities or in other circumstances which impact on the school community. It is our goal to maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for purposeful learning at Gladstone Secondary School.



A.         Statement of Purpose

Gladstone Secondary School is a diverse community comprised of students, parents and staff.  We strive to maintain a safe, caring, orderly and healthy environment.  The Gladstone community encourages and supports behaviours expected of responsible citizens so that everyone can achieve their goals and succeed.  We respect ourselves, each other, our school and our community.  Our Code of Conduct provides guidelines so that purposeful learning occurs and everyone’s needs are met.

B.         Expectations

All members of the Gladstone community have the right, under the BC Human Rights Code, to an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation and violence, either physical or psychological.  In order to maintain and enhance a positive learning environment, it is our responsibility while at school or engaged in any school related activities to ensure we conduct ourselves with courtesy, consideration, constructive behaviours, and common sense.

 School Property

v  respect the property and rights of others

v  keep the school building, cafeteria, grounds and adjacent areas clean and free of litter

v  refrain from smoking on school premises and grounds

Personal Responsibility

v  spend free time effectively and constructively, making appropriate use of the cafeteria and hallways

v  arrive to class on time and prepared

v  communicate any absences to the school in advance if possible

v  use respectful language in the school and the school community

v  ensure all personal & borrowed property are stored securely (including books)

v  dress in such a way as not to distract, disturb, or offend others

v  refrain from wearing any drug and alcohol paraphernalia

v  refrain from using illegal substances and gambling during school time and/or school functions

v  refrain from making racist, sexist or violent comments or wearing associated clothing


v  report any threats or acts of violence, bullying, harassment, intimidation and discrimination toward students, staff or parents

v  park vehicles properly and drive carefully on and around school property

v  communicate in a respectful manner when using technology and social media and bring any concerns to a trusted member of the school community


C.         Unacceptable Student Conduct

When behaviours interfere with the learning of others, interfere with an orderly environment, or create unsafe conditions, there will be consequences.  The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age, maturity and special needs (if any) of individual students are considered in determining disciplinary action. Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is restorative rather than merely punitive.  As students move through successive grades and become older and more mature, they are expected to assume increased personal responsibility and self-discipline.

The principal or designate has a responsibility to inform other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct.  These parties may include:  staff, parent(s) of student offender(s), parent(s) of student victim(s), school district officials, police and/or other agencies, as required by law and/or all parents.  The school will ensure that reasonable steps are taken to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of the Code of Conduct.


Our guiding principles of RESPECT at Gladstone include:

Responsibility: We are accountable to ourselves for the actions we take and the decisions we make.

Empathy:  We take the time to understand and acknowledge others’ points of view.

Safety:  We behave in a safe manner and take care of each other.

Positive Attitude:  We seek the best in ourselves and in other people.

Excellence:  We strive to succeed in all aspects of our lives.

Caring:  We value ourselves and other people.

Teamwork:  We act together to make our work successful and effective.

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Gladstone Secondary School Policy

Gladstone Secondary School is committed to excellence in learning which meets the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct.  Any of the following actions would result in a breach of this standard.

·       Submitting another person’s work in part or in whole as their own

·       Failure to properly cite an outside source

·       Submitting the same assignment more than once

·       Cheating on tests, exams, quizzes or any other form of evaluation

·       Consciously assisting another student to attain marks fraudulently

·       Improper use of technology such as using cell phones, PDA’s, cameras, internet, headphones, electronic translators, etc. when not authorized.

Cheating is defined as:

Any attempt by a student to complete an examination or assessment by unfair means.  The following are examples only and not an all-inclusive list of unfair means and may include any one or more of the following:

1.      Plagiarism “Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.  It is intellectual theft. Any use of another’s research, ideas or languages without proper attribution may be considered plagiarism”. (Gordon, s.d., p.l). Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person’s work (written or visual) and the presentation of that work, in whole or in part, as one’s own, or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing one’s work to be used in this fashion.  This may include a) presenting the words of ideas of another as one’s own, or b) submission of the same work to more than one teacher.

2.      Obtaining or providing unauthorized use of books, notes, text, or electronic devices.

3.      Obtaining or providing information concerning all or part of an examination prior to the examination.

4.      Copying work done by another person.

5.      Taking an examination for another student or arranging for another person to take an exam in one’s place.

6.      Altering or changing test answers after submission for grading, altering or changing grades after grades have been awarded, or altering or changing other academic records.

7.      Making any other attempt to improve grades using means that have not been or would not be approved by your teacher, (e.g. being absent without an acceptable reason from a test or class assignment.)

8.      Submitting an assignment more than once.

9.      Removing an exam from the classroom or test area. 

10.    Consciously assisting another student to attain credit through misrepresentation.

Academic Dishonesty Consequences

        On first offence:

·       The student may receive a ‘0" for that particular work.

·       The incident may be recorded on the student’s discipline file.

·       The student will not be eligible for Honour Roll recognition for that particular term.


        On second offence:


·       The student may not be eligible for School-based Scholarships for that academic year.


·       The student may be suspended or transferred.​