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Code of Conduct

As outlined by the Vancouver School Board (Link)




University Hill has a strong commitment to academics within a safe and supportive learning environment. We value diversity and acceptance and encourage our students to be well-rounded and honest.

The University Hill Secondary School Code of Conduct promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law - prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation - in respect to discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.

Expectations for Students

The guiding principles for student conduct are to:

1. Attend all classes and arrive on time
2. Bring textbooks, equipment, and materials needed for class each day
3. Complete and submit assignments on time
4. Be courteous and respectful of others, respecting diversity of all kinds
5. Respond positively to the guidance of all staff members
6. Co-operate in ensuring a safe, secure and clean school environment
7. Honour academic integrity at all times
8. Dress in ways that are appropriate for the education environment and do not distract others

The school forbids the following:

1. Disruption of the classroom or learning environment
2. The possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted drugs, including alcohol
3. Verbal abuse and profanity
4. All forms of discrimination including racism, sexism and homophobia
5. The carrying or possession of weapons or simulated weapons
6. Physical violence, intimidation, bullying or harassment
7. Cheating on tests and assignments; forging or falsifying documents

Disciplinary Jurisdiction

Students engaged in behaviour that interferes with the general welfare of students or the learning environment of the school may be subject to disciplinary action, even when this behaviour occurs off school property (including online behaviour) or during a time when the student is not under direct school supervision, such as lunch hour or going to and from school.

Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than merely punitive and will be determined by each individual situation. Special considerations may apply to students with special needs. These considerations will apply if they are unable to comply with a Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature. As students mature into Grades 11 and 12, it is expected that they will be able to monitor themselves more independently. We believe in progressive discipline and in many cases students should expect the school to contact parents. Disciplinary actions may take a variety of forms which may include, but are not limited to, reprimand, detention(s), service work, loss of privileges, suspension or transfer.


Cheating includes plagiarism, having someone else do an assignment for you, submitting the same assignment more than once, cheating on a test or exam, and consciously assisting another student to attain marks through misrepresentation. Students caught cheating will receive a "0" for that particular work. The incident will be recorded and parents/guardians informed. The student will not be eligible for Honor Roll recognition for that academic year. They may not be eligible for Passport to Education and school based scholarships for that academic year. The student may be suspended or transferred.

Skateboards & Roller Blades

Skateboards and roller blades are not to be used in the school or on the school grounds. Students who do so will have them confiscated, and parents will be notified before they are returned.

Walkmans & Diskmans

Walkmans and Diskmans are not permitted in class.

Cell Phones & Pagers

The school prohibits the use of cell phones and pagers from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the school building. Students who do not comply with this rule will have their cell phone or pager confiscated and a parent will be contacted to pick it up.