Students Offences

The actions set forth below will be considered as routine disciplinary measures for each category and occurrence of offense. It is intended that the penalties delineated below shall be considered the standard penalty to be imposed for the offences described.

In incidents where extreme violations occur, the specified actions may be waived by the school authority in favour of stronger measures such as longer suspensions, expulsion or other appropriate action. Similarly, the school authority may at the hearing consider matters in mitigation of the routine disciplinary measures.
It is the expectation of OJOMOH EDUCATION CENTRE that all students uphold the biblical standard of conduct and behaviour while both on and off campus. Students will pledge to uphold the school’s standards against cheating, using indecent language, alcoholic beverages as well as abstain from sinful sexual activities. Students will maintain the Christian Standards in courtesy, kindness, morality, and honesty.

Students of OJOMOH EDUCATION CENTRE will uphold the code of conduct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The student’s conduct should be in line with biblical standards. Anything outside of these standards will result in probation or dismissal from school.

Discipline will be conducted in an orderly manner and will coincide with biblical standards and beliefs. Teachers will reference scripture when dealing with disciplinary issues in order to instruct students from a biblical perspective. The image a school portrays is often determined by the behaviour of its students and the physical appearance of the building. We all: students, teachers, administrators, support staff and community members must show pride by doing our share to make the school a better place to learn and work. One of the main goals of the school staff is to develop self-discipline in all students.

The rules in this Handbook apply while in the school premises, in school bus, during school activities, away from school or off the school grounds if the situation is initiated by the school.

Any student’s conduct that would constitute criminal action is also a violation of the Code of Conduct. The rules also apply to any form of student misconduct directed at any employee or the property of an employee, at any place, at any point in time.

A violation of any of these rules may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to:

  1. Suspension
  2. Expulsion
  3. Compensatory payment of damages
  4. Depriving from going on break
  5. Corporal punishment
  6. Assigned work related to the offence
  7. Loss of other privileges

The following are the actions that are prohibited and the consequences that will result from the student's decision not to abide by the school policy:

  1. Disruption of school programme: Students must not, by the use of violence, force, coercion, threat or any other means, cause disruption or obstruction to the normal operation of the school activities.
  2. Harassment: Students must not harass other students, school employees, persons that are guests of the school or persons conducting business for the school. This category also applies to remarks or actions of a sexual, racial, ethnic or religious nature that are deemed offensive.
  3. Threats: Students must not, through verbal, written, technological or any other means, make statements that, physical or emotional harm may come to another person or to the institution.
  4. Use of obscene language/materials: Students must not use obscene, vulgar or profane language or make inappropriate gestures or possess vulgar materials.
  5. Attendance: Students must not fail to comply with school attendance laws including, but not limited to, truancy or tardiness to a specific activity. No student shall leave school premises or an assigned educational location once he or she has come under the supervision of a school employee, prior to specified dismissal times, without official permission
  6. Forgery: Students must not falsify a signature on any document.
  7. Damage to Property: Students must not cause or attempt to cause damage to school property. Students shall not touch or handle another person’s property without their authorization. Students must pay for any damages they cause to school equipment, materials or facilities and may be subjected to additional disciplinary action.
  8. Assault: Students must not act or threaten to act in such a way as to cause physical injury to other students, school employee or other persons.
  9. Insubordination/Disrespect: No student should fail to comply with any lawful instructions or requests of teachers, student-teachers, principals or other authorized personnel during any period of time when he or she is properly under the authority of the school personnel. No student should fail to provide information, or supply false information, when it is requested
  10. Dangerous Weapons And Instrument: Students must not possess, handle, transmit or conceal any dangerous weapon or instrument within the school, in the school vehicle or during any school-sponsored activity. School policy requires that hostel administrators recommend the expulsion of students in violation of the said policy. Should a student have knowledge of a weapon or dangerous instrument within the school, in the school vehicle or at any school sponsored activity and does not report it to a school employee, the student may be held to the same disciplinary measures as that of the perpetrator.
  11. Malpractices/Plagiarism: Students should not give or receive unauthorized information regarding class work, assignment, test, projects, examinations, misrepresent the results of researched or laboratory assignments, or give or receive unauthorized assistance on assignments or in examination hall.
  12. Unauthorized or Unsupervised Areas: Students should not be in areas for which they have not been authorized or areas that are unsupervised.
  13. General Misconduct: Students shall refrain from throwing objects, or being abusive or excessively disruptive in their behaviour. Respect the rights and feeling of others.

Disciplinary definitions and discipline process in the classroom

  1. Cheating – taking information from some source other than the student’s own mind and presenting it as if it came from his/her own thinking; this involves stealing and lying. The following are major categories of cheating as defined by Divine Wisdom International School’s policies: Cheating during-
  2. Assignments- The use of someone’s work instead of completing the assignment individually; this would include anything from daily Assignment to major research papers. Unless specified by the teacher, it is to be assumed that all work is to be completed individually.
  3. Tests/Exams- This would include the use of information brought to class, sharing of information during class or the sharing of information about the test with students who have not yet taken the test.
  4. Plagiarism- The use of information from a source (text, internet, research information) without documentation
  5. Class Disruption- Any act whereby the student causes commotion, distraction or interrupts the teacher or classroom atmosphere to the extent that the learning process of other students is hampered.
  6. Direct Disobedience- The act of not carrying out a directive when specifically given by a teacher or staff member.
  7. Horseplay-Play fighting, pushing, tripping, snapping towels or any act that may cause injury to any student.
  8. Lying- Deliberate deception by not telling the truth or withholding any part of the truth in any given situation.
  9. Stealing- Taking or hiding items of clothing or personal possession, or material that does not belong to you.
  10. Truancy– Failure to be in attendance in class or school.
  11. Tardy- Being late to school or activity.
  12. Harassment- Any form of unwanted touching, suggestive speech, sexual mannerisms or literature, physical or verbal conduct that make another student or staff member uncomfortable, demeaned, degraded, fearful or physically hurt.
  13. Vandalism- Malicious or ignorant destruction or defacing of school property.
  14. Bullying- Any variety of negative acts carried out repeatedly over time involving a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful.
    Bullying can take three forms:
    1. Physical - Hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, taking personal belongings
    2. Verbal - Taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, making threats
    3. psychological - Spreading rumours, encouraging social exclusion, extortion, intimidation
  15. Hazing or Initiations: Initiations or hazing are those activities into which students are coerced in order to become part of a group or activity.
  16. Gross Misconduct: Repeated violations of the code of conduct