Code of Conduct

Human Rights Policy

Law, Advocacy & Community Justice High School believes that all of its citizens have basic human rights that must not be violated.  These rights include:
  • Freedom to develop one’s own personality, so long as it does not interfere with the rights of others, without disrespect or pressure from cliques, interest groups or other individuals
  • Freedom from mental or physical abuse such as name calling, intimidation or harassment
  • Freedom from being set apart or mocked because of race, gender, religion, physical strength, features, friendship groups, age, culture, handicap, financial status, dress, classroom performance, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, or any other reason
  • Freedom from being harassed in the classroom – the right to be treated respectfully
Students are expected to behave in a manner that shows courtesy and respect for their fellow students, staff and administration.  In doing so, you show respect for yourself as well.  The Department of Education has developed Citywide Standards of Conduct (The Discipline Code), which cites specific infractions and specifies the appropriate intervention measures and penalties, ranging from a student/teacher conference to a Superintendent’s Suspension.  The behavior standards set forth in the “Discipline Code” apply to behavior in school during school hours, before and after school, while on school property, while traveling to and from school, at all school sponsored events and on other-than-school property when such behavior can be demonstrated to endanger the health, safety, morals or welfare of the school community.

Student Dress Code

Students must wear our school T-Shirt (with our logo as the outermost layer) at all times.  The shirts can be purchased all year round at the school.   Any student not wearing our school shirt will have to serve detention.  Subsequent infractions will result in additional consequences.
All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions.  Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.
Teachers and all other school personnel should reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.
A student’s dress, grooming and appearance shall:
  • Be safe, appropriate, and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process
  • Reflect the school uniform policy; a shirt with the school “Logo”
  • Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing
  • Strapless tops, belly shirts, short shorts and short skirts are not acceptable
  • Include footwear at all the times.  Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed
  • Not include the wearing of headwear in the building except for a medical or religious purpose
  • Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability
  • Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities, such as gang affiliation
Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replace it with an acceptable item.  Hats will be confiscated and will only be returned to a parent/guardian
Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, including detention and suspension.
Should a student arrive at school out of uniform, he/she will be expected to change into said uniform.  Failure to do so shall be treated as insubordination and subject to discipline, including detention & suspension.

Hall Passes

Students are required to have a blue hall pass anytime they are out of a room when classes are in session.  Students are required to carry their school I.D. Card at all times.  Your ID Card and hall pass must be produced when requested by any staff member or School Safety Agent.  Failure to produce identification is a serious matter that will be met with disciplinary action.  Passes are NOT issued during the first 10 minutes of the period or the last 10 minutes of the period.


Grades earned in any course shall reflect the student’s daily achievement as well as the fulfillment of other academic requirements that may be established by the teacher.
Datacation/Skedula:  On-Line Grade-book
Students and Parents have the ability to go on-line and see how they are doing in every class on their program.  Datacation allows students and parents to their teacher’s grade-books live.  Grades on all assignments, tests, quizzes, projects and homework can be seen.  This program will also show what assignments are missing and or incomplete.  Datacation also allows students and parents to check daily attendance.
Teachers and students and teachers and parents can communicate to each other using this system.  The system allows you to e-mail each other any questions or concerns you may have.
To use the Datacation system log into:
*Students will receive their username and password in their English classes.
*Parents will be sent a letter home with their username and password.
If students have difficulty logging-in they can see our Computer Tech, Daniel, in Room 438.  If parents have difficulty logging-in they can contact the school at (212) 501-1202.

Academic Integrity

A.  Cheating (e.g., copying from another’s test paper; using material during a test which is not authorized by teacher; collaborating with another student during the test without authorization; knowingly using,
      buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in whole or part, the contents of un-administered test;
      substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self to take a test;
      bribing another person to obtain a test that is to be administered; or securing copies of the test or answers
      to the test in advance of the test).
B.  Plagiarizing (appropriating another’s work and using it as one own for credit without the required citation
      and attribution).
C.   Colluding (engaging in fraudulent collaboration with another person in preparing written work for credit).
Academic Dishonesty is prohibited punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion, as provided herein.
Academic Dishonesty
Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.
  • Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work
  • Unauthorized collaboration on a take home assignment or examination
  • Using notes during a closed book examination
  • Taking an examination for another student, or asking or allowing another student to take a examination for you
  • Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit
  • Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to more than one course without consulting with each instructor
  • Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination
  • Allowing others to research and write assigned papers or do assigned projects, including use of commercial term paper services
  • Giving assistance to acts of academic misconduct/dishonesty
  • Fabricating data (all or part0
  • Submitting someone else’s work as your own
  • Unauthorized use during an examination of any electronic devices such as cell phones, palm pilots, computers or other technologies to retrieve or send information
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writing as your own.
The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
  • Copying another person’s words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source
  • Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source
  • Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source
  • Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments
Internet plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source and “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.
Obtaining Unfair Advantage is any activity that intentionally or unintentionally gives a student an unfair advantage in his/her academic work over another student.  The following are some examples of obtaining an unfair advantage, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
  • Stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining advance access to examination materials
  • Depriving other students of access to library material by stealing, destroying, defacing, or concealing them
  • Retaining, using or circulating examination materials which clearly indicate that they should be returned at the end of the exam
  • Intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student’s work

 Falsification of Records and Official Documents

 The following are some examples of falsification, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
  • Falsifying signatures of authorization
  • Falsifying information on an official academic record
  • Falsifying information on an official document such as a grade report, letter of permission, drop/add form, ID card or other college document

Computer Use and the Internet

Acceptable Use – The purpose of computer technology and the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the United States by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.  Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited.  This includes but is not limited to:  copyrighted material; plagiarism (the claiming of someone’s work as your own); use of profanity, obscenity, or other language which may be offensive to another user; threatening, pornographic, obscene or other material deemed inappropriate for minors; expressions of bigotry, racism or hate; or materials protected by trade secret.  Use for commercial activities, product advertisement and/or political lobbying is also prohibited.
Privileges – The use of computers and the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges and may result in other consequences as per the DOE Code of Conduct.  An administrator may deny access at any time as required.  The administration, faculty and staff of the school may request the system administrator to deny, revoke or suspend specific user access.
Network Etiquette – You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include but are not limited to the following:
  • Be polite; do not get abusive in your messages to others.
  • Use appropriate language; do not swear, use vulgarities or suggestive language.
  • Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
  • Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private.  Messages relating  to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.
  • Use the network in a way that will not disrupt the use of other users.
  • All communications and information accessible via the network should not be assumed to be private property.
 Security – Security on any computer system is a high priority.  If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet or on the school network, you must notify an administrator or teacher.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.  Attempts to log on to the network as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges and may result in other consequences as per the DOE’s Code of Conduct.  Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet.
Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and may result in other consequences as per the DOE’s Code of Conduct.  Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet.  This includes, but is not limited to the uploading or creation of computer viruses and hacking.

Conflict Resolution

Although conflict is a natural part of life, fighting does not have to be.
Law, Advocacy & Community Justice High School has a zero-tolerance for fighting.
To help prevent fights, we have a conflict mediation program that will work with students who are in conflict.
This program helps disputants to develop skills that will allow them to be heard, to listen, and to come to a resolution that is satisfactory to all parties involved.