Student Expectations / Discipline

Student Rights and Responsibilities

As a school “committed to excellence,” we believe that our students should be “ethical global citizens” with rights that must be recognized and respected. However, every right carries with it certain responsibilities and the expectation that students are mature enough to assume them.

Among these rights and responsibilities are the following:

  1. The right to a quality education, (and the responsibility to put forth a sincere effort to learn).
  2. The right to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, (and the responsibility not to discriminate against other).
  3. The right to expect qualified teachers, (and the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school rules essential for allowing others to learn at school).
  4. The right to procedural due process and an appeal process in disciplinary matters, (and the responsibility to respect the processes and exercise of those rights).
  5. The right to free inquiry and self-expression, (and the responsibility to observe limitations of those rights necessary to the greater good of our school society).
  6. The right to privacy and access to personal school records, (and the responsibility to respect the privacy of others).
  7. The right to study and live in an environment of mutual trust, (and the responsibility to honor that trust).
  8. The right to be treated in a dignified way, (and the responsibility to act in a manner, which exhibits courtesy towards classmates, teachers and other staff members.
  9. The right to confidentiality of issued consequences: “Issued consequences are only shared with the respective family and confidentiality is honored.”

Conflict Resolution

AIS-R prides itself on the positive relationships that develop among faculty, staff, administration and students. Every member of AIS-R is entitled to mutual respect and at the same time should not infringe on the rights of others. Prejudicial behavior will not be tolerated. When problems arise, individuals are encouraged to take problems directly to the source and take the initiative to resolve the problems in a reasonable and mature manner.

Students experiencing a problem should consider the following steps:
  1. Speak with the person directly and try to resolve the problem.
  2. If you have spoken with the person with whom you are having a problem, and the problem is still not resolved, then talk to your advisor or counselor and tell her/him your problem as well as what you believe will help resolve it.
  3. If the problem is with a teacher and you are not comfortable talking one-to-one with the teacher, ask your advisor or counselor to help facilitate communications between you and the person.
  4. If you have spoken directly with the person with whom you are having a problem, as well as your advisor or counselor and the problem is still not resolved, then the principal will become involved to assist in resolving the problem and to insure that school policies are correctly followed.
  5. It is also advisable to discuss the problem with your parents.

Behavioral Probation

  • Students who have exhibited ongoing behavioral issues may be placed on “probation” (i.e. a conditional placement) for the next school year. If a student is transferring between ES to MS or MS to HS, that student and his/her parents must meet with the principals to discuss the conditions of the behavioral probation and sign a letter before the end of the school year accepting those conditions.
  • Students who do not meet the conditions of their probation, as stated in their letter, will have their place at AIS-R rescinded.

Academic Integrity

Academic misconduct may be defined as any act that does or could distort student grades or other student academic records. Such acts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Possessing, using, or exchanging improperly acquired written or verbal information in the preparation of an essay, laboratory report, examination, or other assignment included in an academic course.
  2. Submitting or claiming someone else’s work as your own. Telling someone the answers on a test, quiz or other assignments that require individual work.
  3. Substitution for, or unauthorized work by a student in the completion of an academic assignment or requirement(s).
  4. Submission of material that is wholly or substantially identical to that created or published by another person or persons, without adequate credit notations indicating authorship (plagiarism).
  5. False claims of performance on work that has been submitted.
  6. Alteration or insertion of any grade to obtain unearned marks or credits.
  7. Deliberate falsification of a written or verbal statement of fact to a member of the faculty so as to obtain credit.
  8. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any AIS-R document relating to the academic status of the student.
  9. Copying the work of a fellow student and turning it in as one’s own work, e.g., Homework, Documents, Class Notes, etc.
  10. Using unauthorized notes or information on tests, exams, etc.

While these acts constitute instances of academic misconduct, other acts of academic misconduct may be defined by the Administration. The Honor Code may appear on exams and other assignments to remind students of their responsibilities under the AIS-R Academic Honor Code. 

Search and Investigation of Personal Property, including Devices

  • In cases where a student is suspected of using a device inappropriately (either on or off campus), bringing contraband items to school, etc., an AIS-R administrator and/or faculty member has the right to search the device or personal belonging of the student, to include, but not limited to, bag, pencil case, wallet, pockets, device, ‘phone, car, locker and WHF locker.
  • Devices include password protected devices, where the student is honor-bound to provide the AIS-R Administrator/Faculty member with the password.
  • In turn, AIS-R administrators and Faculty Members are in loco parentis while school is in session, on school trips, during after-school activities etc and thus have the right to question students who are believed to be in violation of school rules and/or the AIS-R Eagle Honor Code by using devices inappropriately or bringing contraband items to school, or are believed to be witnesses to a violation of school rules and/or the AIS-R Eagle Honor Code involving using devices inappropriately or bringing contraband items to school.
  • Parents will be contacted when such an incident occurs and appropriate disciplinary consequences will be enacted once a thorough investigation has taken place.

Culturally insensitive and racially offensive comments and ‘jokes’

We do not tolerate culturally insensitive or racially offensive comments or ‘jokes’ of any kind at AIS-R. Any written or verbal language, or physical gesture directed at a teacher or at another student which is culturally or ethnically insensitive or racially or ethnically offensive including ‘jokes’ either implicitly or explicitly is totally unacceptable. Such actions will be dealt with immediately. This includes actions in online e-forums such as social networks, chats, blogs and the like. The consequences for intimidation and harassment range from after school detention to out of school to out of school suspension.

Threats of Violence

AIS-R has a no tolerance guideline for any threat (verbal, written or otherwise) in relation to threats of violence (e.g. gun, bomb, rape, murder, etc.,) even if it is intended as humor or made in a joking fashion. Should a student choose to reference the use of a gun, bomb, or act of violence of any kind, either toward AIS-R personnel, peers, campus, or otherwise, that student will serve an immediate and indefinite suspension in order to conduct an investigation by appropriate parties. AIS-R will act in the best interest of the community and may involve the US Embassy and/or local police to assist with the investigation. Pending the degree of violation and outcome of an investigation, the suspension may result in completing the school year online or expulsion. If the school decides that the student may re-join, a re-entry plan will be developed by AIS-R administration and the respective counselor to include a Educational Psychological Evaluation, by a certified psychiatrist obtained by the parent. Re-entry may include combination of the following consequences: weekly or bi-weekly mental health sessions with a certified psychiatrist; daily screening at the Learn with Us gate; community service; loss of cell phone use; and any other related consequence as determined by the Superintendent.

After-School Guidelines

AIS-R offers many opportunities for after-school help and co-curricular activities. However, for the security and safety of all of our students, the following guidelines must be followed:
  • Students may stay after school for three reasons: retakes, teacher help, or a school-sponsored activity (ASAs, sports, Student Council activities, etc.) Students must sign in at the office stating where they will be and report to their activity by 3:45 and remain there until 4:20.
  • Students may use the Learning Commons after school. If a student is staying due to transportation issues, parents must inform the office via email, a phone call or a note.

Fighting

Fighting is unacceptable for any reason and will not be tolerated. A fight is defined as a physical altercation occurring between 2 or more students. The physical nature of a fight could include but is not limited to hitting, punching, slapping, poking, grabbing, tripping, kicking, “fooling around” or “play fighting.” All who participate, regardless of who initiates the contact, are considered responsible.

Any student who engages in such actions as defined above will be sent to the Middle School Office immediately and parents will be called. Consequences range from detentions to expulsion.

Campus Cleanliness

Our campus is our home for the major part of our day. We must all take responsibility for its cleanliness and appearance. Littering hurts all of us. There will be a disciplinary consequence for anyone found littering.

Petitions 

Students interested in participating in a petition, online or otherwise, must first gain approval from AIS-R administration. Petitions can lead to misunderstandings  and an attempt to ensure clear and accurate information is necessary prior to any petition being used.

Dress Code and Appearance

When students are found to be in violation of the dress code, they will be sent to the principal. The principal will decide the appropriate action for all dress code violations, which may include having the student wear substitute clothing for the day. Repeated violations may result in the student being sent home. Student dress is directly related to the pride that students take in their membership of our AIS-R community and the seriousness with which they take their studies. Students are expected to take an Eagle pride in their appearance and communicate their respect for our host country, our school, our community and their commitment to learning through their adherence to the AIS-R dress code. It is our goal at AIS-R to provide our students with a productive and positive learning environment and to minimize disruptions and distractions. Students’ dress and appearance are directly related to the learning environment of the school, the conduct of students and the quality of schoolwork. In keeping with the traditions and customs of our host country, modesty in school attire must be maintained. Students are expected to wear clothing that is clean, well-maintained and loose fitting, and they must adhere to the following guidelines:

Females
  • must wear blouses, shirts or dresses with sleeves that cover the shoulders
  • Long shorts that go past the knees are allowed
  • must wear dresses and skirts that reach the knee.
  • must wear necklines that reach the collarbone.
  • may wear headscarves for religious reasons.

Males
  • Must wear shirts with sleeves that cover the shoulders and upper arms. Tank tops are not permitted.
  • May wear shorts if they are long (to the knee) and loose fitting.
  • May not show bare skin or underwear between shirts and pants.
  • May not wear earrings, as they are not appropriate in the Kingdom or at school.
General
  • Distracting hairstyles, hair colors or tints are not appropriate in the Kingdom or at school.
  • Clothing that is disruptive to the teaching/learning process and is revealing, indecent, vulgar, or obscene is not allowed.
  • Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages or the use of controlled substances by words or symbols, or is of a disruptive nature is prohibited.
  • Clothing that contains profanity, nudity, depicts violence or is sexual in nature by words or symbols is not appropriate.
  • Hats, sweatbands, bandanas, and/or sunglasses inside school buildings are not allowed.
  • Clothing that is sheer or mesh or undergarments that are visible are prohibited.
  • Sagging pants which cause undergarments to be visible are not allowed.
  • Tank tops or muscle shirts without a tee shirt may not be worn.
  • Chains hanging from pockets are not allowed.
  • PE clothes cannot be worn outside of PE class.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn-no flip-flop-type sandals are allowed.
  • Tattoos are not permitted.
  • Middle school students may wear loose fitting shorts which reach the knees in length.
  • Hats are only allowed to be worn outside or in the dining hall unless it is part of a special theme day.


When students are found to be in violation of the dress code, they will be sent to the Principal The Principal will decide the appropriate action for all dress code violations, which include the following consequences.

1st Offence: Student receives a warning from the Principal, the violation is recorded on Skyward and a letter is emailed home to be signed by the parents and returned the next day.

2nd Offence: Student is issued with an AIS-R polo shirt and/or appropriate pants. Dress code violation is recorded on Skyward. A letter is emailed home to be signed by parents and returned the next day. Student receives an after school detention.

3rd Offence: Student is issued with an AIS-R polo shirt and/or appropriate pants. Dress code violation is recorded on Skyward. A letter is emailed home to be signed by parents and returned the next day. Student receives a Saturday School.

4th Offence: Parent/student conference with Principal. Dress code violation is recorded on Skyward. Student loses the right to abide by the AIS-R dress code and must wear AIS-R polo shirt and/or appropriate pants, purchased from the EAGLE’s Nest store for the remainder of the semester.

Dress Up Days

The school administration may designate certain days throughout the school year as “Dress Up Days” such as during Spirit Week or United Nations Day. Guidelines for such days will be provided prior to the designated day.

WHF Dress Code

Students are required to wear a physical education uniform to all WHF classes.

Electronics

Unless being used as an educational tool with a teacher’s permission, cell phones, etc..., are only allowed to be used before school and after school and at breaks, not during classes or organized school activities (assemblies, ceremonies, etc.)

Food

Students are allowed to consume food only in the Dining Hall or designated tables in outside eating areas. This includes non-water drinks

Gum

Gum is difficult and expensive to clean up and can be a safety issue for students in certain classes; therefore, students are not allowed to chew gum anywhere on campus. Violation of this rule will result in disciplinary action.

Lockers, Book Bags and Student IDs

Lockers

Students at AIS-R have the privilege of a clean, functioning locker, and each student will be assigned a locker for storage of books and equipment. The middle school also provides students with a lock so that they have a safe, convenient spot to store their belongings during the school day. It is the student’s responsibility to see that his or her locker is kept locked and in order at all times. Students should not tamper with other lockers or give their locker combinations to others. There is a replacement fee if an AIS-R combination lock is lost or broken. Lockers are subject to periodic clean out by students and inspection by the school administrators.  Students should never leave valuables in their lockers.  Vandalism, theft and/or graffiti must be reported to the school office.  The school assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any property placed within the lockers.

Student IDs

All students will receive an ID card for daily use on the school campus as well as to gain access to school functions. ID cards are also used to checkout materials from the library, purchase food, borrow sports equipment and gain access to computers. The initial card is supplied at no cost to the student. Should the card be lost, replacement cards may be purchased from Admissions for SR 50. Students must have their ID cards with them at all times while on campus.

Performance Etiquette

AIS-R Eagle Audience Etiquette
  • Be an AIS-R Eagle always: Be considerate; Respect property
  • Books and bags remain outside of the Theater; hats are for outside only
  • Food and drink remain outside of the Theater; Chew gum off campus
  • Walk to your seat, stay in your seat, and keep your feet on the floor 
  • Wait quietly for the performance to begin
  • Talk and use your cell phone outside of the Theater
  • Use intermission for breaks
  • Appreciate and applaud politely

Public Display of Affection or Inappropriate Physical Contact

Public displays of affection are not appropriate in the Kingdom or at school. Public displays of affection include, but are not limited to, hand holding, arms around each other, kissing and hugging. All matters will be referred to the principal. Physical contact between students, including “playing” situations, is not allowed. Students are asked to refrain from any playful wrestling, pushing, or physical contact, maintain a “hands off” policy.

School and Student Property

Students are expected to respect school property as well as the property of others. AIS-R will not tolerate theft or vandalism, and students who are caught stealing or vandalizing property, including technology violations, are subject to suspension or expulsion.

Missing Items

In the event that any of your personal items are missing throughout the year, please be sure to retrace your steps as accurately as possible to try and track them down. Also, immediately check the Lost and Found located outside the WHF office. If you are still unable to find your items, you are required to come to the office and complete an "incident Report" form. You should still periodically check the Lost and Found located outside the WHF office and main middle school office until your item is found.

Prohibited Articles

  • Skateboards/Roller Blades: Skateboards and roller blades are not permitted on campus.
  • Other: Any item that depicts violence, profanity, nudity, smoking, drugs and alcohol will be confiscated with a possible expulsion.
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited on campus. Bringing a weapon on school grounds for expulsion.

Substance Abuse (Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco)

The use and/or display of illegal drugs or the abuse of illegal drugs and/or the consumption of alcohol by any individual is illegal under Saudi Arabian law. Based on this law and the fact that AIS-R is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all its students, AIS-R is a drug, alcohol and smoke-free campus (smoke-free extends along the walkway to the outside parking lot, as well as the parking lot itself). Use or possession of these substances at school or during a school sponsored activity is absolutely forbidden. 

Vaping products such as a vape device or vape liquid are considered under the illegal substance category and will result in an out of school suspension. 

Possession of any illegal substance or a package or item that could contain these substances on school grounds will result in an immediate out of school suspension. In the case of drug possession and /or being under the influence, the administration will make the recommendation for an expulsion.

Student Suspension From School

In the event a student is in violation of any of the expectations, rules, procedures listed above; the divisional principal will determine if a suspension is warranted. The divisional principal will consult with the school superintendent if necessary and determine if the facts of the situation are severe enough that time away from class is required. In some cases the suspension might be "in - school" in which case the student will spend the day or days in the divisional office. In more serious or repeat cases, a student may receive an "out of school" suspension from 1-5 days. In the case of an out of school suspension, the student will stay off campus for the entire length of the suspension and the parents will be notified. The student will receive a formal letter in their file and a parent meeting must take place with the school administration before the student is allowed back on campus.

Middle School Suspension Sequence:
    1. Principal decides if an in-school or out of school suspension is needed.
    2. The principal consults with school supt. and decides the length of time.
    3. Parents are notified and the student is escorted off campus or remains in the office with direct supervision at all times.
    4. A formal letter is given to the parents and placed in the student's file.
    5. Upon return to school, at least one parent must meet with the school administration.
    6. Follow up details may be described in the letter depending on the circumstances.


Conflict

Bullying

Harassment

  • Between Friends/Peers/Equals

  • Spontaneous/Occasional

  • Accidental/Not Planned

  • Little or No Serious/Lasting Harm

  • Not Done for Domination/Control

  • Sense of Remorse

  • Desire to Solve the Problem

  • Not Friends/Imbalance of Power

  • Repeated Over Time

  • Intentional

  • Physical/Emotional Harm

  • Unequal Emotional Reaction to the Incident

  • Seeking Control/Possession/Domination

  • No Remorse/Blames the target

  • No Effort to Solve the Problem

  • Aggressive behavior focused on a student’s race, national origin, religion, color, disability, or gender.

  • Behavior is severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from school



Harassment and Threats and Teacher/School Misrepresentation
    • Harassment and Threats mean written, verbal or physical conduct that adversely affects the ability of a member of our community to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational programs or activities because the conduct is so severe, persistent, pervasive, and/or dangerous. This includes conduct that is based on an actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or any other distinguishing characteristics. This also includes association with a person or group with one or more of the above mentioned characteristics, whether actual or perceived.

      • Cases that fall within AIS-R’s Harassment and Threats clause follow the same guidelines as listed in our Child Protection Handbook.

      • Harassment and/or threat against the school and/or an AIS-R teacher may be subject to the following consequences: an apology, counseling, compensation, disciplinary action, misconduct proceedings, suspension or expulsion. Such cases are managed by the divisional principal in consultation with the Superintendent. The Superintendent reserves the right of final decision.

      • A required Educational Psychological Evaluation may be requested at anytime to ensure the safety and well being of all Eagles. The requested Educational Psychological Evaluation may determine re-entry to AIS-R.


The consequences for maligning, misrepresenting, or inaccurately communicating the reputation of a teacher or administrator and/or school program/curriculum, whether in the form of contributing to any kind of petition or survey, online comments, or seeking to represent the views of other students/parents will result in a maximum suspension and immediate removal from all leadership positions and/or clubs.

Bullying

Imbedded in our middle school philosophy is the pledge to provide an “inviting, supportive, and safe environment” for our students; therefore, any student who bullies others will be subject to disciplinary options that may include
counseling, a parent/guardian conference, detention, suspension or expulsion.

Bullying is the unwelcome verbal, written (including online platforms and phones) or physical conduct directed at a student by another and has the intent or effect of:
  1. Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student.
  2. Damaging, extorting or taking a student’s personal property.
  3. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm.
  4. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property.
  5. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.

Gun & Bomb Violence/Threat


AIS-R has a no tolerance guideline for any threat (verbal or otherwise) in relation to gun and/or bomb violence. Should a student choose to reference the use of a gun and/or bomb, either toward AIS-R personnel, peers, campus, or otherwise, that student will serve an immediate suspension. Pending the degree of violation, the suspension may result in expulsion. Prior to a student rejoining, a re-entry plan is developed by AIS-R administration and the respective counselor to include an Educational Psychological Evaluation, obtained by the parent, by a certified psychologist.


Substitute Teachers and Other Adult Supervisors

Any adult on our campus, whether a visitor or substitute, will be afforded the same respect and courtesy that is given to our faculty.



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