Code of Conduct

To maintain a positive and inspiring learning environment, all students are required to follow the school’s code of conduct. Additionally, students and staff should immediately contact an administrator, teacher or homeroom teacher if they become victim of pestering, bullying, harassment, discrimination or other violations of this student code of conduct. As a reference, offences and consequences of student code of conduct are explained below.

Truancy

All students are expected to attend all classes if not officially excused. Parent/guardian must ensure that his/her child attend all classes. Parents/Guardians must inform CIST about the absence of students prior to absence.

Excused absences include:

  • Illness of the student (with medical report)
  • Medical appointment
  • Death of immediate family members
  • Absences approved by administration
  • Unforeseen excuses approved by the Principal

Students will be allowed to make up tests for excused absences. It is the responsibility of students to cover the class works and subjects taught.

Unexcused absences include:

  • Being absent with prior permission
  • Being absent without acceptable reason

Students will not be allowed to make up tests and may get zero. It is the responsibility of students to cover the class works and subjects taught.

Total absence of a student without excuse per year cannot exceed 20 days.

Punctuality

All students must be on time and be in school before the first bell. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must ensure that his/her child be in school before the first bell.

Students are required to go to their classes immediately after the bell rings. Excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action. Attendance to all sessions is mandatory. Accordingly, skipping a session is forbidden.

Academic Honesty

All works including assignments, classwork, project, test and quizzes must be the own work of the student. Parent/Guardian may help and guide student without doing the work directly. Cheating in CIST is strictly forbidden.

Cheating and/or plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

  • Giving or receiving answers during exam, test, quiz, project, or any other graded coursework.
  • Using not allowed materials during exam, test, quiz, project, or any other graded coursework.
  • Giving writings or works of other people without crediting the source or fabricating information.
  • Providing or receiving exam questions in advance without permission of relevant teacher.
  • Helping other students to cheat. This includes providing homework answers, test/quiz answers to other students.
  • Fabricating data or resources

In cases of cheating, student will be asked to redo the assignment/test to demonstrate academic understanding addition disciplinary consequences.

Courtesy

All students are expected to behave appropriately in classroom. The subject or home room teacher has the right to take necessary actions to stop or prevent inappropriate behaviour. Depending on the nature of the behaviour, teachers may apply one or more of the discipline management techniques detailed in this student code of conduct.

Appropriate language

Students are not allowed to curse or use foul or suggestive language. The use of inappropriate language will result in immediate verbal warning by staff together with/without disciplinary action.

Offensive Remarks

Students are not allowed to make derogatory comments regarding race, culture, gender, nationality, family background or physical appearance. Such offensive remarks regardless of being inside or outside of school and whether verbal, written, through social media or in any other form will not be tolerated.

Fairness

Bullying and harassment means aggressive action against someone with intention to cause harm, embarrassment, or discomfort.

Bullying and harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Physical bullying: kicking, hitting, pushing, tripping, spitting on others, and destruction or theft of personal property.
  • Verbal bullying: using offensive names, teasing, spreading rumours, ridiculing, writing offensive notes or graffiti, gossip and extortion.
  • Cyber bullying: emotional harm done through internet and computers, cell phones and other electronic devices, malicious discussions or gossip on social media, blogs or websites like Facebook, or threats expressed through any electronic media.
  • Non-verbal bullying: rude gestures, or spreading embarrassing pictures or video.
  • Harm or harass other students or staff verbally, physically, emotionally, in written form, through social media, Internet, e-mail or in any other form is a serious offence.

It is the responsibility of everyone to oppose or report any incidents of harassment and bullying. Students who are facing a bullying or harassment incident are expected to bring the incident to the attention of his/her homeroom teacher or administration so that it can be dealt with effectively. Facing harassment/bullying cannot be an excuse to harass/bully. Under no circumstances students are not allowed to harass/bully others.

Fighting with others or encourage others to fight with each other is strictly forbidden. All students are expected to solve their issues with following an appropriate way. Students may inform their teachers or administration in case of fighting. Categories of fighting are:

  • Group fighting with no serious injury: More than 3 students fight and do not cause serious injury
  • Group fight with serious injury: More than 3 students fight and cause serious injury that needs medical attention from doctor.
  • Fighting with no serious injury: Students fight without causing serious injury.
  • Fight with serious injury: Students fight with causing serious injury that needs medical attention from a doctor.

Vandalism

Students are expected to respect the school and personal property at all times. Students are held financially responsible for breaking, destruction or defacing the property whether willful or by accident. Parent/guardian may replace the property with an identical item or pay the cost of replacement.

Assault

Assaulting other students or staff is a serious offence.

Assault includes:

  • Intentionally or knowingly causing physical injury to others.
  • Intentionally or knowingly threatening others with imminent physical injury.
  • Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with others in a way that the other person will reasonably believe that the contact is offensive or provocative.

Stealing

Stealing is a serious offence that needs immediate action. At the other hand, teachers and staff must identify the issue as stealing or taking personal property without permission after having presented clear evidence. Students are expected to respect the property of other people and school. CIST should be a safe environment where everyone may leave their property in either locked or unlocked spaces without the concern that it may be taken. School may use camera surveillance system and share video recording with police in such cases.

Extortion

Students are expected to ask permission before using items of others. It is forbidden to obtain or attempt to obtain personal belongings by compelling other person to give it by the threat, physical force or other harm.

Gang Activity

Students are expected to coordinate and become friends. Grouping to form gangs and demonstrate unacceptable behaviour as a group is strictly forbidden.

Buying and selling between students

It is forbidden to buy, sell and exchange items within school area or during school activities, field trips and in school bus. For activities that require selling, buying and exchange (for example in case of fundraising activities), these can be done with prior permission from administration.

Gambling

Students are expected to know that gambling is an unacceptable behaviour within community. Giving or receiving money or item depending upon the result of the game, contest, or any other event with uncertain outcome is forbidden.

Prohibited items

Students may bring education related items, healthy food for snack and lunch and personal items that is needed for personal care. It is also the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check items and materials that students bring to the school. Parent/Guardian must inform school about the medication of student if he/she will bring to the school.

Prohibited items include but are not limited to the items categorised as follows:

  • Prohibited items –toys:

-Toy guns o Stink bombs or other disturbing gag toys.

-Any toy that may disturb learning

-Big size plastic toys o Animal figures

-Race cars

-Remote controlled devices

-Sportive materials (balls, rackets, etc.)

-Toys that make noise

  • Prohibited items -electronic items:

-Items that make noise ((radios, beepers, buzzers)

-Portable communication devices (mobile phone, walkie-talkie)

-Mobile phones

-Electronic devices (All electronic devices except calculator and watch.)

  • Prohibited items -valuable items:

-jewelry

-pocket money with an amount more than 10 dinars

-Valuable watch

  • Prohibited items -harmful to others

-Laser pointers

-Knife (any size, both toys and real like)

-Items that are harmful to others (Any item that is not requested by teacher and can potentially harm others)

-Matches or lighter

-Pepper spray

  • Prohibited item -harmful to health

-Acidic or alcoholic drinks,

-Medicine

-Drug

-Tobacco products

-Cigarettes

  • Prohibited items -illegal items:

-Gun (both toys and real like)

-Gambling cards

  • Prohibited items - offensive materials:

-Disturbing printed materials like inappropriate photographs, magazines, newsletters, etc.

Students cannot possess prohibited items in school, at school activities, field trips or in school bus.

Certain activities may require to bring some items listed above. Teachers must inform parents and supervise the usage of items if required for school activity or lesson.

Respect

All students are expected to comply with directives and follow orders given by staff, teachers and administration. Students may inform administration if they feel that the order is inappropriate. Disregard for authority includes but is not limited to: 

  • Not following directions of school staff
  • Not following commands of school staff
  • Arguing with school staff
  • Failure to identify oneself to school staff when asked

Disregard for authority includes:

  • Leaving class or school activity without permission
  • Refusal to respond staff and walking away when called.
  • Refusal to follow orders given by teachers related to their teaching.
  • Refusal to respond to a reasonable request.
  • Refusal to accept consequences of breaking class rules.
  • Refusal to accept requests of staff to maintain positive learning environment.

Accessibility

All students are expected to ask permission before entering restricted areas. Restricted areas cannot be used to play games or for any other activity. Students are allowed to enter their classrooms and public areas like library without prior permission.

Positive Learning Environments

Students are expected to maintain an inclusive and inspirational learning environment. Students are not allowed to disturb others during class, school activity, function or process of the school or in bus, is dangerous to the health or safety of students or others, or results in destruction of property. Making noise, doing activities or possession of disruptive items, which may disrupt the peaceful and positive learning environment of the school is forbidden. Disruptive behaviour in school, at school activities, field trips or in school bus is subject to disciplinary action.

Conduct that disrupts a positive and constructive learning environment includes but is not limited to:

  • Making noise with an intensity that prevents or hinders classroom instruction.
  • Shouting or making noise inside of the school building with an intensity that disturbs others during class-time or break-time
  • Refusing to attend lesson or other school activities that students are required to attend.
  • Prevention or attempted prevention of students from attending lesson or other school activities that students are required to attend.
  • Entrance into a classroom without asking permission during break time or after school.
  • Running inside of the school building
  • Leaning back in classroom • Excessive talking during lesson.
  • Making offensive remarks during lesson
  • Throwing papers and rubbish on the school premises
  • Making school building or play grounds dirty
  • Playing inside of the classroom without explicit permission of teacher
  • Going outside during lesson excessively (more than twice per day)
  • Not being ready for the following lesson • Not following class rules
  • Not bringing requested educational materials

Use of Technology Resources and the Internet

Students are expected to follow rules and regulations about using technology resources and Internet.

Unacceptable usage of technology resources and internet includes but is not limited to:

  • Attempt to access or get passwords or other security-related information of the school, students, or staff.
  • Intentionally or knowingly upload or create computer viruses to school computers or off school property that may cause disruption to the positive learning environment.
  • Attempt to alter, destroy, or disable school technology resources including but not limited to:

-computers and related equipment,

-projectors o active boards

-school database

-electronic bell system

-school cameras

-school local area network

  • Using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten other students, parents/guardians or staff,
  • Send, post, or possess social media posts, SMS or other forms of electronic messages that are obscene, disturbing, abusive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, or illegal.
  • Use e-mail or websites to distribute negative messages about CIST or encourage others to break school rules or act against school.

Safety

All students are expected to maintain the safety of school and the well-being of their peers to the best of their abilities.

To maintain safety, students must follow the safety rules and must not conduct both minor and major safety offences.

  • Minor Offences:

-Discharge a fire extinguisher without valid cause.

-Make false accusations or rumours regarding school safety.

-Possess materials that is designed to promote or encourage unacceptable behaviour that could threaten school safety (without using)

  • Major Offences:

-Possess and use materials that is designed to promote or encourage unacceptable behaviour that could threaten school safety.

-Sound false alarms (bomb threat, fire)

Misrepresentation

Honesty is one of the most important values that CIST students must adopt. Misrepresentation is a serious offence and will not be tolerated. Misrepresentation includes but is not limited to:

  • Making false emergency calls.
  • Sounding false alarms
  • Providing false information during to administration
  • Forgery
  • Plagiarism
  • Falsely accusing others of wrong actions
  • Altering school records and documents (report card, student certificate etc.)

Violating Dress Code

Students are expected to follow dress code and wear their uniforms and shoes. School uniform must be clean, neat and ironed. Students may use dresses approved by administration for school activities like physical education or clubs. School administration must be informed with a written notice if the student cannot wear school uniform because of a valid reason.

Grooming

Students are expected to groom themselves in such a way as to reflect cultural expectations of Tunisia, neatness, cleanliness and safety. Inappropriate grooming includes but not limited to:

  • Lack of cleanliness
  • Long hair for male students (longer than 15 centimetres)
  • Long fingernails

The administration has the right to determine whether any particular mode of dress or grooming is acceptable or not. Administration may remove the student from class and ask parent/guardian to change dress or groom before sending the student to the class.