All Teso College Aloet students are expected to meet performance standards and exhibit proper behaviour in the school. Disciplinary or corrective action is a process of communicating with the student to improve unacceptable behavior or performance. The school resorts to disciplinary action when other methods, such as guiding and counseling, have not been successful. In cases of serious misconduct, the school may choose to administer the necessary disciplinary action immediately.
- Disciplinary action is considered a constructive procedure for the purpose of correcting inappropriate behavior. Therefore, in most instances, disciplinary action shall consist of the least severe action that will accomplish this purpose.
- Disciplinary action, consisting of suspension or oral and written reprimands, may be imposed on students by the Head Teacher, or those acting on his behalf, in direct proportion to the nature of the specific offense.
- Disciplinary action will be administered on a fair and consistent basis throughout the school. However, each offense is judged on a case-by-case basis and consideration is given to the student’s past record.
- While disciplinary action is being considered, a temporary suspension may be imposed for charges including, but not limited to stealing, insubordination, sexual harassment, falsifying records, dodging lessons, consuming drugs or intoxicants while in school (excluding prescribed medications), and fighting.
- All actions of suspension shall require approval from the Board of Governors, or a designee, prior to the administration of the penalty.
- When appropriate, progressive discipline will be followed. This means an oral reprimand is followed by a written reprimand. The next step is suspension. However, serious offenses may result in immediate definite or indefinite suspension for the first offense. Progressive discipline also means that after repeated offenses, regardless of whether the offenses are similar or not, the school may, in conjunction with the relevant authority, exclude any student who, by his overall behavior, shows himself to be irresponsible.
In carrying out disciplinary action, we follow these guidelines:
- Maintain a professional decorum by keeping the disciplinary process confidential between the school and the student
- Make a careful diagnosis of the problem to determine whether disciplinary action is appropriate.
- Provide specific examples of performance discrepancies or school rules and regulations violations so the student fully understands what needs correction.
- Allow the student ample opportunity to explain so that we have all the facts.
- Make sure discipline is the appropriate tool after determining if guiding or counseling be sufficient to get the student’s attention.
- Make sure the punishment fits the crime.
- Help the student improve performance or behavior by providing specific recommendations and requirements.
Communicate clearly so the student understands the consequences if performance or conduct does not improve.