Fostering the growth of Christian gentlemen and women is our primary goal. Toward this end, Cardinal Newman High School has established a discipline code that allows faculty and students to work together. Policies and behavioral regulations enable the individual to develop self- control and also protect the rights of all individuals to pursue their education. The standards of conduct and behavior that Cardinal Newman challenges all students to embody are grounded in the principles of Christian morality and the guidance of the Catholic Church. Students are expected to act in a way that will show consideration and respect for fellow students, faculty, staff and visitors. They should strive to create a positive and harmonious atmosphere within the school community, and be a favorable reflection on Cardinal Newman High School. This is best accomplished when students recognize their responsibilities and obligations in the school's life. No student should prevent a teacher from teaching or another student from learning.

Code of Conduct

    In all areas of learning, discipline must be considered in the development of the whole person. The Code of Conduct is based on the Gospel message of Jesus. Growth in self-discipline, a responsibility for Catholic moral values, and a loving respect for the rights of all persons is encouraged and nourished by the Code of Conduct. To achieve these ends, parents, faculty and students work together to create a Catholic school environment. These basic components include:

  • Teachers have a right to teach. No student will stop the teacher from teaching.
  • Students have a right to learn. No student will stop another student from learning.

    Based upon the Catholic moral values and loving respect for others taught by Jesus, students:

    1. Will be honest and committed to integrity
    2. Will be respectful and courteous toward all teachers and adults
    3. Will refrain from harassment of any kind
    4. Will use appropriate language
    5. Will speak respectfully to and about others
    6. Will complete all assignments and participate fully in class
    7. Will respect all school and personal property 
    8. Will refrain from any deliberate disruption in the school
    9. Will demonstrate good sportsmanship when engaged in all school-sponsored co- and extra-curricular activities
    10. Will be present for all required activities unless officially excused by the administration
    11. Will adhere to the dress code (see also Dress Code)
    12. Will not give or receive unauthorized assistance on tests, quizzes or assignments
    13. Will not bring to school nor possess at school any real or toy knives, guns (or any facsimile thereof), sharp objects that may be used as a weapon, matches, lighters, sparklers, laser devices, or any facsimile thereof. It is understood if this term is violated, suspension or expulsion may result (see also Controlled Substances).
    14. Will maintain and support others who maintain a safe and drug-free environment at or near school and at all school sponsored functions/activities with the understanding that possession or distribution of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other substance that may be harmful or dangerous and forbidden will result in suspension or expulsion from school (see also Controlled Substances)
    15. Will not engage in any physical or verbal contact with another student which could be interpreted to be an inappropriate display of affection. Such conduct is prohibited on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities.
    16. Will, at all times, whether at school or in the community, conduct themselves in a manner which reflects the Catholic values and principles of the school.
    17. All of the conduct expectations include student use of the Internet.

        The school observes this Code of Conduct because it is built on fundamental Catholic social teachings. The role of the Aadministration, staff and faculty is to work with the students and parents to assist the students in developing a strong Christian attitude toward life.

Dress Code

   At Cardinal Newman the dress code is a reflection of our mission and who we are as a community. It is important to promote a conducive learning environment. Students are expected to dress appropriately while on campus and during all school-sponsored activities. Parents/guardians are expected to offer the first and best counsel to their student in this matter. Each year we evaluate the effectiveness of the past expectations and make any necessary adjustments. Dialogues with representatives of all stakeholders in our community lead to any changes that occur. The general intent of the code is modesty and respect. It is the opinion of the Dean that determines compliance. 

Areas of Emphasis:

  1. Cell Phone use: Cell phones are not to be used during class time unless specifically indicated by the instructor.  Phones that go off or are out during class time are sent to the Dean.

  2. Ear Buds are not to be used during class time without teacher permission.

  3. Dress Code areas to pay attention to:

    1. Nose piercings

    2. Buttoning shirts appropriately

    3. Clothing should be in good repair - no tears or rips

  4. Vaping: Vaping will now be treated in the code in the same way as any controlled substance.

  5. Attendance: The maximum number of days that can be missed in a class before a grade is reduced is now 10. This is more in line with other Catholic schools in the state of California.

  6. Doctor and Dental appointments count against a student’s total absences.


Male students must be clean shaven at all times. Their hair is not to hang beyond their shirt collar. "Man buns" or male pony tails" are not allowed. Hair length violations, specifically to the top of the head, may be given up to a week to correct without consequence. If not corrected students are not allowed back into class. Exceptions of the Dean of Students may be granted based on his discretion. Students are expected to follow direction given from teachers, staff and administrators regarding hair dress code. Female students may grow their natural hair length, face should be visible. All student hair colors should appear natural.


No excessive or questionable jewelry may be worn. Females may wear up to two earrings in each ear. Males may not wear earrings. No other visible piercings are allowed.


No visible tattoos are allowed.


They are not to be worn during school unless part of a spirit day or special event put on by the school itself.


Closed toed shoes like tennis shoes with a firm sole are recommended for all students including boots. No flip-flops, high heels, or slippers are allowed. Moccasins are not allowed. Boat shoes and boots are allowed, 
however the boots cannot extend above the knee cap. Female students may wear sandals with a heel or back strap attached and secured. 


All students are required to wear a collared shirt. The collar must be visible and raised. T-Shirts are not allowed. Students may wear polo shirts and dress shirts with a raised collar. All dress shirts having buttons from the waist up to the neck area must be fully buttoned up to the second to last button at the top. Exposing an under shirt is not allowed when wearing a dress shirt over it. Students walking around with exposed under shirts will be directed to button up their dress shirts and may be given a detention. Shirts should be appropriately fitted. Shirts cannot be see-through or tightly fitted. Female shirts should be buttoned up appropriately. Shirts must be 100% cotton/or no more than 20% other material. There should be no exposed skin due to an untucked shirt. Students can wear an under shirt with a collared shirt but the collared shirt must be buttoned up appropriately and not left unbuttoned. "A" shirts or tank tops are not allowed. Short sleeve shirts must cover the full shoulders. Shirt dress code will be enforced from the start of the first school bell to the end of the dismissal bell of the last period of the day. Turtle neck shirts are not allowed. No oversized dress shirts allowed.

Pants and Shorts

Pants must be of solid color, clean, neat and in good repair. Shorts must be Bermuda length meaning one inch above the knee at the highest. Any shorts not Bermuda length that fall over one inch above the knee are out of dress code. Shorts may be plaid, striped, or solid; they must have belt loops, be tailored, and worn appropriately, neither too tight nor too loose. They must be 100% or an 80%/20% cotton blend, 80% being cotton. The following are not in compliance with the code: Sweats, yoga pants, cotton stretch pants with belt loops, exercise pants, basketball or sport shorts, jeans with holes or tears, or with excessive decoration, jeggings, leggings of any type, equestrian pants or gauze type pant. 

Liturgy and Award Days 

White dress shirt (oxford preferred) 100% Cotton or 80%/20% cotton blend, 80% being cotton. One hundred percent cotton khaki pants are required for all students. 
Girls cannot wear khaki leggings or jeggings. No hooded Sweatshirts worn. Male students must wear a tie, and their shirt must be tucked in. Female shirts may not be of see through or transparent material. 

Out of Dress Code

Students that are out of dress code will be required to call their parent/guardian to bring correct clothing or get permission to drive home. Students will not be allowed back in class until they are dressed properly. The dress code must be corrected before they can return to class. It is the responsibility of the student to come dressed appropriately.

Note: The Dean of students is responsible for determining appropriate dress. If students are not in correct dress code they may be asked to call a parent to bring correct clothing or will be sent home to change.   


Detentions are given to students when they are not in compliance with expectations of behavior at Cardinal Newman. They may be assigned by any member of the faculty or staff. When a teacher assigns a teacher detention, it may be completed in that teacher's classroom. Teachers will report the reason for such action to both the student and to the Dean of Students. These teacher actions, though reported to the Dean, are not considered regular detentions. See below for regular detentions.

Detention is considered to be of a serious nature, and is an alternative to individual teacher discipline interventions, and is given only after other means of behavior correction have been attempted. Though students are usually given a one-day notice prior to serving a detention, there are certain situations that may require an immediate imposition. Detention sessions will be held on the first two days of the week; when there is no school on Monday, detention will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Detentions must be served by the immediate following week from which the detention was given. If a detention is given from Monday through Friday, students have till the following Monday or Tuesday to serve the detention unless there is no school Monday, then Tuesday and Wednesday will serve as the last days to serve the detention.

Failure to serve a regular detention on a scheduled time will result in a three hour Saturday community service. Class expulsion may automatically result in a three hour Saturday community service. The Administration may assign a three hour Saturday community service for other reasons based on the severity of an infraction.

Accumulation of three Saturday community service detentions in a semester will result in a one day in school suspension. Failure to serve a three hour Saturday community service will result in a one day in school suspension. When a student accumulates Excessive misconduct detentions for the same or similar reasons during a semester his parents will be notified. Students who accumulate Six non-tardy detentions in one semester may receive a one day in or out of school suspension. A Disciplinary Committee will be called to review the status of students receiving an excessive number of detentions during a semester.


Suspension may be the result of an accumulation of several interventions to help guide the student in the right direction towards a respectable and acceptable catholic behavior. It may also be immediate for serious infractions depending on the actions or attitude of the student towards the infraction.


Diocesan Harassment Policy
    Cardinal Newman High School is committed to provide a learning environment that is free from harassment in any form. Harassment of any student, lay employee, or religious by any other student, lay employee, or religious is prohibited. The school will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential, and thorough manner. Procedures to address harassment, bullying and other forms of mistreatment are listed below (Updated 11/13)

    The first step in addressing harassment is to recognize that it is taking place.

    Harassment can occur when an individual is subjected to hostile or intimidating treatment because of the individual's race, creed, color, national origin, physical disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
    Harassment can occur due to a school environment that is hostile or intimidating because of an individual’s race, creed, color, national origin, physical disability, gender, or sexual orientation.

    Harassment can occur any time during school or during school-related activities. Use of technology to harass another student will include online, or digital offenses between or among students, faculty, staff, or administrators that occur at any time, whether at school or elsewhere.

    Harassment includes, but is not limited to, any or all of the following:

        a. Verbal Harassment: Derogatory comments and jokes; threatening words spoken to another person;

        b. Physical Harassment: Unwanted physical touching, contact, assault, deliberate impeding or blocking movements, or any intimidating interference with normal work or movement;

        c. Visual Harassment: Derogatory, demeaning, or inflammatory posters, cartoons, written words, drawings, gestures; and

        d. Sexual Harassment: Specific examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:

            1. Making unsolicited sexual advances and propositions;

            2. Using sexually degrading words to describe an individual or an individual's body;

            3. Displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, including the use of technology;

            4. Telling inappropriate or sexually related jokes;

            5. Making reprisals, threats of reprisals, or implied threats of reprisals following a negative response to sexual advances.

    The next step is taking positive action to prevent forms of harassment or mistreatment from occurring.

        a. Conduct oneself in a manner that contributes to a positive and nonthreatening school environment.

        b. Conduct shall be consistent at all times with the Cardinal Newman Mission Statement.

        c. Avoid any activity that may be considered discriminatory, intimidating, or harassing.

    When we recognize or suspect harassment or mistreatment is taking place it is the responsibility of all members of our community to take action to end it.

    a. If you believe you are being harassed, consider clearly informing the person that their behavior is offensive to you, unwelcome and needs to stop immediately. If this is not comfortable or feasible, talk to a counselor or notify another adult you trust (this could be a parent, teacher or administrator) to get help.

    b. If you witness someone being harassed, consider clearly telling the harasser that the behavior is offensive, unwelcome and must stop immediately. If this is not comfortable or feasible, talk to a counselor or notify another adult you trust (this could be a parent, teacher or administrator) to get help.

    c. If a person is informed that their conduct is discriminatory, intimidating, harassing, or unwelcome conduct, they must immediately discontinue the conduct.

    d. All members of the community are responsible to report all incidents of possible discrimination or harassment to the Counseling department. Even if the mistreatment is positively addressed and resolved the school must stay aware of patterns of misbehavior and possible repeat offenses.

    e. The Counseling department is responsible to maintain confidentiality and work with those involved to end the mistreatment and if possible effect reconciliation. Injured parties will be informed of their rights and counseled as to how to file a harassment claim.

    When the mistreatment cannot otherwise be resolved the following procedures must be followed for filing, investigating and taking disciplinary action on a harassment claim.

    a. The student may first choose to tell the individual causing the mistreatment or harassment that his/her conduct is offensive and must stop. If the objectionable behavior does not cease immediately, the student must report the harassment to the Dean, or to a counselor or teacher who will report it to the Dean, the President or to the Superintendent of the Diocese of Santa Rosa if the Dean or other administrator is the subject of the allegation. Additionally, in the case of sexual harassment allegations, the student is free to raise the issue with another, same sex administrator if he/she prefers to do so.

    b. The school will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential, and thorough manner.

    c. The student alleging harassment will be asked to complete a formal, written complaint. The claim will be investigated thoroughly, involving only the necessary parties. Confidentiality will be maintained as much as possible.

    d. The investigation will include a meeting with the person alleged to have harassed, sharing with that person the nature of the allegations as well as the name of the person bringing the allegations. If appropriate, the alleged harasser will be placed on administrative leave during the course of the investigation.
    Students or adults found to have filed false or frivolous charges will also be subject to disciplinary action.

    e. Once the facts of the case have been gathered, the Administration, in consultation with the Superintendent, will decide what, if any, disciplinary action is warranted.  Substantiated acts of harassment will result in disciplinary action. The disciplinary action will relate to the nature, context, and seriousness of the harassment and can include all disciplinary actions up to and including immediate termination of employment or expulsion.

    f. If the complaint is against a non-employee or non-student, such as a parent, volunteer, or vendor, the school will take steps within its power, to investigate and eliminate the problem. 

Controlled Substance 

A controlled substance will fall under the category of illegal drugs, medication for malicious use, inhalants, mood altering substances, electronic cigarettes or vapor cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol. Possessing any of these substances will result in immediate disciplinary action. 

Controlled Substance Testing


In order to help prevent and deter alcohol and other controlled substance use by Cardinal Newman students on campus and during activities sanctioned by Cardinal Newman high school off campus, to and from events concerning the school and the students, Cardinal Newman high school and its administrators and designated employees placed in charge have the right to use and administer screening strips and swabs to detect substance abuse or use. Alcohol strips and swabs are used as a safety precaution for the protection of all students not just the safety of an individual being screened.


If Cardinal Newman high school administrators and it’s teachers placed in charge feel there is cause, students can be subject to alcohol screening and swabs upon immediate request. If students appear to be intoxicated from possible substance use they can be subject to swab and alcohol screening. The smell of alcohol, and physical signs of body behavior that align with one being drunk or intoxicated can be reason enough to screen students.


The main goal of alcohol screening strips is to identify individuals who have consumed alcohol and screen positive for alcohol use. The alcohol screen strip will tell administrators and teachers placed in charge if alcohol is involved. The second goal is to contact the parents at the most immediate time following the completion of the alcohol screen method whether the screen results are positive or not, so that parents become aware and are involved in the process of picking up their student if a positive result is found.

Parent consent

Parents must recognize that alcohol screening methods and its use by Cardinal Newman high school administrators and or teachers placed in charge, does not require parent consent nor notification prior to administering to students. Students are subject to this alcohol screening method once they enroll as Cardinal Newman Students and sign the Parent Family handbook at the start of each year. In all screening cases parents will be contacted regardless of positive or negative results from screening.

  1. Alcohol drug screening procedure and policy

    1. After reasonable cause is established, student is given drug or alcohol screen strip.

    2. Alcohol or drug screen strip results are read and explained to student before during and after screen is complete.  

    3. Parents are called in all situations no matter the result of screen.

    4. If positive for alcohol or drug, the student is held under supervision aside from the event with an administrator or assigned teacher until parents arrive.

    5. Parents pick up student from administrator or teacher at location or event.

    6. Student is immediately under suspension for a minimum of three days and loses privileges to attend or participate at any school activity, dance, athletic event, or rally.

    7. Follow up is done by the Dean of students regarding school consequences and further actions needing attention by parents and student.     

    8. Students found culpable of alcohol or drug use may be suspended for a minimum of three days and no more than five days.

    9. Each day of suspension will grant one week of suspension from athletic games/competitions/scrimmages, dances, field trips and school events not requiring an academic grade for participation or work to be performed for an academic grade.     

Off Site Drug Testing of Students

Cardinal Newman will not administer any other drug screen besides alcohol screen strips and saliva swabs on site. However, Cardinal Newman students may be asked, at the expense of the family, to provide a result of a drug test from a school authorized drug testing facility if drugs other than alcohol may be involved, or if a second method of alcohol or drug test is needed besides the initial screen. Parents must only use a school authorized testing facility. Parents are responsible for payment of mandated drug test by Cardinal Newman high school. Off site drug testing can also be a future requirement made by a disciplinary hearing.

  1. Drug testing procedure and policy

    1. If there is reasonable cause, parents are called to be informed that they must take their son or daughter to be drug tested only at the school authorized testing facility.

    2. Instructions are given to parents and a time is set for parents to take their son/daughter to the school authorized drug testing facility. In most cases an immediate drug test is needed and must only be done at a school authorized drug testing facility. Parents cannot conduct their own test using home kits, personal or private laboratories, doctors, or medical practitioners not by Cardinal Newman high school.  

    3. Results are sent back to the school by the school authorized drug testing facility.

    4. Results are shared with parents during a disciplinary hearing.

    5. Based on the findings of the Disciplinary Board Committee, continual off site drug testing may be a condition placed on students eligible to return to Cardinal Newman High School.

    6. Any further actions needing attention by parents and the student will be communicated to the parents by the Dean of Students.

    7. Students refusing to participate in a mandated drug test will face further consequences and may be asked not to return to Cardinal Newman high school.     

    8. Students who mask, or attempt to mask a drug test will be subject to additional testing and disciplinary action. 

Suspendable offenses under Controlled Substances, Tobacco, Drugs and Alcohol.

Suspendable offense

A suspendable offense is that which surpasses the minor and major offense levels of student conduct. Unlike minor and major offenses, suspendable offenses warrant an automatic suspension of one to five days suspension from school.

Possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, or unapproved controlled substances and vaping devices and liquids at a school event, or on school grounds, constitute a suspension. A second or repeat offense will determine additional days of suspension prior to any first suspendable offense committed.

In the company of is also a suspendable offense (see in company of below).

One day suspension

Students in possession of Tobacco, vaping or vaporizers and liquids containing nicotine or flavored substances, electronic cigarettes, and smoking devices are all one-day suspendable offenses. Students found using or in possession of these items on their person, locker, vehicle, bag or belongings will face a one-day suspension from school. In the company of any items listed above is cause for suspension.

Two day suspension

Two-day suspensions fall under any repeat offense listed under one-day suspendable offenses. Students found a second time culpable of one-day suspendable offenses will be suspended for two days. A disciplinary board hearing will be called to determine if students are granted eligibility to return to Cardinal Newman high school. The hearing is typically held at the end of the completion of the second day of suspension following school hours.

Three day suspension

A Three-day suspension is typically reached by students committing their third suspendable offense in the one-day suspension category and by students who commit a first-time suspendable offense related to drugs and alcohol. A drug and Alcohol offense warrants a minimum of three-day suspension from school and can lead to a four or five-day suspension depending on the circumstances. All three day suspensions require a Disciplinary Board meeting with the Dean of Students, parents, students and other staff or faculty members needed to be present.

Four and five day suspension

Four and five-day suspensions are typically for drug and alcohol related offenses and second and third-time offenses related to tobacco, vaping or electronic cigarettes. A fourth or fifth day of suspension can be added if the circumstances and evidence gathered validates a need to extend suspension time.  

In the company of

Any student found in the company of, meaning gathered around or huddled in a group or circle, in a vehicle together in which at least one member of the group is either partaking in illegal activity or has in their possession an illegal or unapproved substance or devices listed under suspendable offenses, will be held accountable and will also face a one day suspension. Students in company of do not need to be holding, or using illegal or unapproved devices or substances to be found culpable. Students should refrain and remove themselves when possible situations arise which may cause them to be associated with illegal or unapproved substances on or off campus.

Summary of the Procedure:
Controlled substance  



1st offense

1. Parent/s are notified
2. Law enforcement notified - if appropriate
3. Automatic one-day suspension
4. Information gathered for review
5. Disciplinary Committee hearing with student and parents/s to discuss and gather more information.


1. The first offense could bring an immediate 3-5 day suspension.

2. Suspension extracurricular activities and athletics events for one week for every day suspended.

3. The student will be readmitted to school after there has been a disciplinary committee with the Dean of Students, the parents, and student; and after the suspension is served.

4. The student will be drug tested at their expense, and will be open to random testing.

5. Counseling and a substance use/abuse assessment may be advised.

6. Community service may be recommended.

7. Expulsion may be considered. 


  2nd offense   May be subject to immediate expulsion and or suspension
  3rd offense   Expulsion.

The school reserves the right to conduct searches and seizures for the purpose of enforcing this rule.  Such searches shall include, but are not limited to personal searches of any student, student belongings, electronic devices or items in the possession of a student, any locker or any vehicle located on or near school property or at any school related event.

VIII.  Disciplinary Committee

 A Disciplinary Committee, composed of the Dean of Students, Dean of Student Life, and another Administrator reviews the disciplinary status of specific students or disciplinary cases of a serious nature. In case the Dean of Students cannot be available, a substitute may be appointed by the Dean of Student Life. 

The committee will meet with the student and his parent(s)/guardian(s) as soon as possible after a major incident or the culminating event in a pattern of smaller infractions. The committee then will make a recommendation to the President to suspend or determine other extraordinary measures.

These measures include, but not limited to: removal from elected office or suspension from extracurricular activities, community service, in school or outside counseling, family counseling, continuing drug testing, extra academic monitoring or assistance and expulsion.

The student may appeal this decision, in writing, to the President.

The President is the only authority in the school with the authority to expel a student.

Responsible Technology Use

Responsible Use of Technology Resources

Technology resources used at Cardinal Newman are designed to support and improve the educational environment and educational opportunities of students, to enhance the productivity and effectiveness of the administration, faculty and staff, and to provide various channels of communication among community members. More specifically, they are intended to enhance learning, develop effective information literacy, promote digital citizenship, and support respectful, productive communication. 
No set of policies and procedures can lay down rules to cover every possible situation. The policies stated herein are designed to express a framework and to set forth general principles for use of technology resources at Cardinal Newman. In order for the technology systems and services to perform optimally, it is necessary for everyone at Cardinal Newman to comply with these policies. Use of technology is a privilege that should always demonstrate the ethical and academic values of a Catholic, college-preparatory institution. 

The Cardinal Newman Responsible Use Policy applies to all technology resources including, but not limited to: 
    a. all computers (school owned or personally owned) – desktop, laptop, tablet, servers, etc.; 
    b. all peripheral equipment (school owned or personally owned) – disk drives, printers, etc.; 
    c. other electronic equipment (school owned or personally owned) – video/audio equipment, copy machines, information storage devices, cell phones, etc.;
    d. the school network – including local area networks, wireless networks, network connections to remote sites, etc.; 
    e. all software administered by the school or running on school resources, such as email, web browsers, file exchange software, etc.;
    f. the school telephone system, including voicemail; 
    g. school-provided access to the Internet

Cardinal Newman students are expected to use technology resources in a considerate, ethical, moral and legal manner. All Cardinal Newman technology systems and information stored on them are governed by school policies and are subject to school supervision and inspection whether they reside on school owned computers, personally owned devices, the school network, or cloud based, externally hosted communication and collaboration systems.

Students are prohibited from altering the normal functioning of the computing system or engaging in activities that impair the operation or security of the school’s network or computer systems. The school may take any action required to protect the integrity of its systems, to prevent or stop illegal use of its systems, or to prevent or stop users from impeding the use of the systems by others. Cardinal Newman is not responsible for materials acquired by the student on the system, for violations of copyright restrictions, users’ mistakes, or negligence of any kind incurred by users.

All Information Technology (IT) Resources at Cardinal Newman are the property of the school and all messages or documents composed, sent or received on these systems are and remain the property of the school. There is no expectation of privacy with use of the school network, software or hardware. The school reserves the right to audit and monitor usage of these resources and to access, view and disclose their contents, with or without notice or the consent of the user and with or without cause. The school may take disciplinary action against users found violating this policy. Disciplinary action may include dismissal.

As the primary educators of their children, it is assumed that parents will monitor their student’s use of technology resources, set appropriate limits on their use, and discuss with them acceptable use of these resources.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 

All Cardinal Newman students are required to bring in a personally owned device/computer for use on campus. Just like textbooks, calculators, pencils and other tools for learning, devices are expected to be brought to school each day in good repair and ready for classroom learning experiences. Our vision is that Cardinal Newman students acquire the skills necessary to select and manage digital tools that will empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication and collaboration. Students and families must choose a device that meets our program’s minimum specifications. These specifications are outlined on the BYOD specs page the school website. Students are not required to purchase a new device if they already own a system that meets these minimum specifications. This serves as a student’s primary device, while devices such as Kindle readers, smartphones, and similar devices may serve as secondary devices. 

Some key highlights of the program include the following: 
    a. Students are required to bring in a fully charged device that meets minimum specifications each day. Participation in this program is mandatory, not optional.
    b. Cardinal Newman will provide a limited amount of support for a student’s ‘BYOD’ device. 
    c. There will be some loaner devices available for the day through the IT if needed.
    d. Protective cases for devices are strongly advised. 
    e. All devices and associated accessories including power adapters should be labeled with the student’s first/last name and graduation year
    f. BYOD devices should never be left unattended and unsecured while on campus. 
    g. Each class will have a charging station for student use; along with the library. 
    h. Professional development that supports teachers in their efforts to utilize technology in thoughtful ways that positively impact student learning has been in place and will continue.
    i. Students should take appropriate measures for securing devices during school. Coaches and teams will use sensible practices that help secure devices during practices and competitions.

Parents and students accept responsibility for the security, maintenance, and repair of their own devices. Cardinal Newman accepts no responsibility for devices or software including, but not limited to theft, vandalism, or intentional destruction both on and off campus. Students are responsible for maintaining their virus protection and setting the device to automatic update and scanning. Cardinal Newman will not support hardware or software issues with non-school purchased personal computers, printers, or peripherals at home or at school. 

Students who bring a device on campus are responsible for securing them at all times. Cardinal Newman assumes no responsibility or financial liability for any damage the student or parent suffers, including but not limited to theft, physical damage, loss, software malfunction or loss of data on the device. If a device appears to have been stolen, the student should immediately report the incident to the Dean's Office. Parents are encouraged to add such devices to their homeowner's or renter's insurance.

Students are expected to keep their devices with them or locked in their lockers. Students are advised to keep devices in protective cases at all times while on campus. 

We strongly encourage students to back-up all work on a daily basis to a personal flash drive, home computer or storage device, or on a cloud based storage site. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or corrupted work due to failure to back-up or due to non-operation of a device. Students will not automatically be granted work extensions for a failed device, or lost or corrupted work. 

Students can use their device in a classroom with teacher approval and supervision. The student must adhere to any additional guidelines that the classroom teacher or library personnel may require. The use of the device may in no way disrupt or distract from the learning environment.

Students may connect their device wirelessly (and only wirelessly) to the school’s network. All usage must be consistent with the mission and philosophy of Cardinal Newman.
The use of network monitoring software or applications considered intrusive by the school is a serious offense, and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Network access is a privilege that may be revoked for any reason at the discretion of the administration.

The student is responsible for coming to school with a fully charged device and may not rely on school outlets throughout the day. Repair and maintenance are the responsibility of the owner of the device.  

Students must surrender their device to any teacher or administrator upon request and must allow these authorized personnel to examine the system to determine whether established policies have been violated.

Other Personal Devices (phones, recording devices, etc.)

Students may use portable electronic devices throughout campus, including all buildings, before the first warning bell and after school. If using a device to listen to audio at any time, earphones must be worn.

Students may use their portable electronic devices during breaks and passing periods. They should avoid using these devices for personal phone calls/conversations. If a student needs to phone a parent or relative, he or she should come to the Attendance Office to make the call.  
Students are also not permitted to use these devices during liturgies and school or class assemblies (rallies excepted, where appropriate).

Personal items that can take and/or transmit electronic images cannot be used to take or transmit images that violate the mission of Cardinal Newman. Use of these devices in restrooms or locker rooms is strictly prohibited. Taking pictures, videos, or recordings of teachers without their knowledge is a violation of this policy. The transmission and display/sharing of inappropriate images is subject to disciplinary and legal action. Students must have permission from all parties involved (teachers and students) before a recording device is to be used.

Students are strictly prohibited from using Cardinal Newman’s name, initials, logos, pictures, or representations of the faculty, staff, students, or other individuals that, in the determination of the school administration, are degrading, lewd, threatening or inappropriate. Students are to be committed digital citizens and use technology resources in ways that promote rather than degrade the school community or any individual member or group within the school community. Deliberate publication or postings of inappropriate material will result in serious disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the school.

School Owned Devices 
The school has a limited number of laptops, tablets, that are loaned to students. The student and families accept responsibility for the loaned device in the same manner they accept responsibility for their own device. The equipment provided for student use is the property of Cardinal Newman. Students have no right to add, copy, delete, or alter any operating system software, application system software, and system setup or equipment configurations. Students may not bypass security systems, access systems areas without instructor permission, change configurations, or alter in any way the setup of school computer equipment.

Software Licensing & Copyright General Statement of Policy 
It is the policy of Cardinal Newman to respect all computer software copyrights and to adhere to the terms of all software licenses to which Cardinal Newman is a party. The Technology Department staff are charged with the responsibility of enforcing these guidelines. Cardinal Newman students may not duplicate any licensed software or related documentation for use either on the Cardinal Newman premises or elsewhere unless Cardinal Newman is expressly authorized to do so by agreement with the licenser. Unauthorized duplication of software may subject users to both civil and criminal penalties under the United States Copyright Act. Students may not give software to any outsiders including other students, parents, other teachers, alumni, contractors, and others. Cardinal Newman users may use software on local area networks or on multiple machines only in accordance with applicable license agreements.

Installation of Software 
Software will only be installed by Technology Department personnel. 

Home or Personal Computers 
School computers are organization-owned assets and must be kept both software legal and virus free. Students are not permitted to bring software from home and load it onto school computers. Cardinal Newman owned software should not be taken home and loaded on a student’s home computer or on a personal computer. If a user is to use software at home or on a personal computer, the school or user will purchase a separate license. 

Penalties & Reprimands 
According to the US Copyright Act, illegal reproduction of software is subject to civil damages and possible criminal penalties. A school user who makes, acquires, or uses unauthorized copies of software will be disciplined as appropriate under the circumstance. Such discipline may include expulsion. 

Students are expected to abide by copyright laws and to properly cite the use of intellectual property created by others. Plagiarism is against the mission of SHC and will result in disciplinary action. 

Email Acceptable Use 
This policy describes school guidelines with regard to access to and disclosure of electronic mail (email) messages sent or received by Cardinal Newman students through the Cardinal Newman email system. Cardinal Newman respects the individual privacy of its students; however, no one should have an expectation of privacy through the use of school-provided equipment, supplies or the school’s network. 

Administration’s Right to Access Information 
The email system has been installed by the school to facilitate business and educational communications. Although each student has an individual password to access this system, the system belongs to the school and the contents of email communications are accessible at all times by the administration. The email system may be subject to periodic unannounced inspections, with or without notice and with or without cause, and should be treated as a shared filing system. The contents of email, properly obtained for legitimate purposes, may be disclosed within the school without your permission. Therefore, no one should assume that messages are confidential. 

Personal Use of Email 
Email is an important form of communication at Cardinal Newman. Students are expected to check their email at least daily. Faculty and staff will often communicate with students via email. Personal use of email is permitted by Cardinal Newman, but these messages will be treated the same as other messages. The school reserves the right to access and disclose as necessary all messages sent over its email system, without regard to content. Since personal messages can be accessed by school administration without prior notice, students should not use email to transmit any messages that they would not want to be read by a third party. For example, Cardinal Newman email should not be used for gossip, including personal information, for forwarding messages under circumstances likely to embarrass the sender, etc. It is important that students fully sign out of email when using public, shared computers on campus. 

Forbidden Content of Email Communications 
The school’s email system may not be used in any way that may be seen as insulting, disruptive, or offensive by other persons, or harmful to morale. Examples of forbidden transmissions include sexually explicit messages, cartoons, or jokes; unwelcome propositions or love letters; ethnic or racial slurs; or any other message that can be construed to be harassment or disparagement of others based on their sex, race, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or religious or political beliefs. Furthermore, the school’s email system should not be used for such purposes as soliciting or proselytizing for commercial ventures, religious or personal causes or outside organizations or other similar, non-Cardinal Newman related solicitations. Use of the school-provided email system in violation of this guideline may result in disciplinary action as appropriate under the circumstances.

Password Integrity 
Users are prohibited from the use of the passwords of other users to gain access to the other user’s email messages. Students are also forbidden from sending email from another user’s account. Students are encouraged to protect the security of their email accounts by not disclosing their passwords to anyone. All students are expected to safeguard their own user name and password. Anyone who uses another student’s name or password is subjected to disciplinary action. 

Email Backup and Archiving Policy 
Email documents should not be treated as a substitute for proper permanent records. Technology Department staff will take appropriate care to preserve the integrity of the email system; however, permanent archive of any email is the user’s responsibility. 

Internet Use, Blogging, and Social Networking 
The use of the Internet and school accounts must be in support of education and consistent with the mission of Cardinal Newman. Students are to report any misuse of the network to a teacher or administrator. Misuse is considered to be intentionally accessing any Internet site deemed inappropriate by the administration of Cardinal Newman. Misuse also includes any conduct in and out of school that reflects negatively upon the reputation of Cardinal Newman. Misuse is considered any message(s) sent, posted, or received that indicates or suggests harassment, racism, sexism, and inappropriate language or symbols. Students may not use any forum to intentionally mistreat, embarrass or disrespect other students, families, alumni, faculty or other members of the school community. Transmission of any material in violation of school policy or any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. The use of the Internet requires that students abide by accepted rules of network etiquette. 
These include, but are not limited to, the following: 
    a. Be Polite Do not send abusive, harassing, discriminatory, violent, or threatening messages to anyone. Students are representatives of our school community. A student may be alone on a  computer, but what is written or posted can be viewed globally.
    b. Use Appropriate Language In all messages, do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Anything pertaining to illegal activities is strictly forbidden.
    c. Respect Privacy Do not reveal the passwords, personal addresses, or phone numbers of yourself or any person via the Internet. Note that electronic mail (email) is not guaranteed to be private.
    d. Connect Fairly and be Courteous Do not use the network in ways that disrupt its effective use by others. Do not use resource intensive applications, programs, etc. Items that use excessive amounts of bandwidth can slow the network experience for other users. 
    e. Use Appropriately Students are strictly prohibited from using computers or email systems in ways that are disruptive, offensive to others, or harmful to morale. Some examples of such prohibited use include sexually explicit images or messages, ethnic slurs, bullying, or racial comments. 

Cardinal Newman recognizes the usefulness of social networking sites and their potential for education. This policy provides rules and regulations for participating in social networking, both on and off campus. 

Blogging consists of written postings or other content on a publicly available Internet site by an individual. While the information posted is usually written comments, it can also be or include photographs, drawings, videos, or any other graphic or audio information. “Vblogging” involves the same principles as blogging, but the content consists of live and/or taped video content broadcast on the Internet. 
Social Networking consists of using Texting, Instant Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Periscope,  or other related tools or websites for communicating with other individuals. No Cardinal Newman student may post by blogging and/or v-blogging or Social Networking, whether during school hours or elsewhere at any other time, comments or images that: 
    a. are in violation of Cardinal Newman’s codes of conduct including but not limited to policies pertaining to violence, threats, discrimination, or harassment;
    b. are defamatory or disparaging of the school, its employees, other students or their family members; 
    c. include inappropriate graphics, images, pictures, or video of employees of Cardinal Newman or fellow students.
    d. intentionally misrepresent, embarrass or fail to respect other students, faculty or members of the school community. 
When students use such sites they should remember that they represent Cardinal Newman at all times, day and night, and whether on or off campus. Students should keep in mind as they participate on social networking websites that anything posted online is available to anyone in the world. Any text or photo placed online should be considered by the user as a public document or image. Cardinal Newman may monitor these websites regularly. Students should be creative, thoughtful, and proactive in building digital footprints that contribute to their personal growth and that they, their parents, and Cardinal Newman can be proud of. Students should be aware that colleges and universities, scholarship committees, potential employers, and internship supervisors may monitor these sites as a way of assessing and selecting applicants. 

Anti-Virus and Firewalls 
All users should maintain the latest version of an anti-virus software package on their devices. Users should also be sure to enable the software firewall on their devices. There are free and open source software which are freely available computer anti-virus programs.

When software is updated or upgraded, the policy is the same as it is for software licenses, but for operating system upgrades, the owner of the device must agree to buy the license or order it. Make sure that your programs are updated prior to bringing to school.

Security, Vandalism & Hacking 
The security of the network and the advancement of teaching and learning is our primary concern, and students are asked to work with the network administrator to protect computers. Students must log on to their school account if the computer is attached to our network and used on campus. Security measures must not be bypassed. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If a student identifies a security problem on the Internet or school network, he or she must notify a member of the faculty or staff immediately. Students are asked not to demonstrate the problem to other users. Students may not use another individual’s account at any time. Personal passwords should never be shared or revealed. Attempts to log on to the Internet, school network or school email system as anyone else will result in suspension of the user’s access and technology privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access and technology privileges at Cardinal Newman.

Vandalism or hacking will result in suspension of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, network, or agency that is connected to the Internet. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, destruction of hardware, software and peripherals, and the uploading/downloading of viruses or malware. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading of any computer viruses, attempts at gaining unauthorized access, willful damage to computers and peripherals, the creation of computer viruses, or changing online materials without permission. Vandalism or intentional modification of system settings will result in cancellation of privileges and/or school disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to seek financial restitution for any damages caused by a student or other user. 

Audio, Photo & Video Release Policy 
By enrolling in Cardinal Newman, all parents/guardians, and students are deemed to have given their consent and approval to Cardinal Newman to use any photograph, audio or video likeness or reproduction of the student without further permission or notification. In granting this permission, parents/guardians and students release any and all claims for damages for libel, slander or invasion of the right of privacy. 

Dance Expectations and Guidelines

Behavioral Commitment:

As a student or as a guest at any activities sponsored by Cardinal Newman High School the student needs to adhere to the following:

1. Display the value of Integrity: Respect everyone around me, represent my school with pride and be someone I am proud of.

2. Honor Self & Others: I will respect my reputation, be the better person and present myself positively.

3. Act Socially Responsible: I will respect differences, make the right choices, communicate respectfully and respect everyone’s opinions.

4. Support a drug, alcohol and tobacco free environment

5. Adhere to the Dance Behavior and Dress Code Policy

6. Will accept the imposed consequence if in violation of any school or diocesan policy

7. Will have a current CN ID card on my person.

Dress Code:

Student’s appearance at dances should be modest and keeping with the mission statement of the  Cardinal Newman community, “...educating  our students in the wholeness of mind, body, and spirit through the teachings of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Catholic Church.’’   

Students, who arrive at the event in violation of the dress code, as determined by the staff and administration, will be sent home.

    Girls Expectations:

    1. When determining the appropriateness of a dress, please keep in mind that students will be dancing, moving around and sitting,

     - not standing still.

    2. Hemlines should fall below finger-tip length.

    3. Dresses must not have cut-outs, revealing neck lines or any slits that extend beyond 5 inches above the knee.

    4. Sheer fabric is not permitted

    5. Dresses must fit properly showing good taste

    Boys Expectations:

    1. Boys must wear slacks with a belt and dress shoes are recommended.

    2. Dress shirts (tucked in) are required.

    3. Sweaters, jackets, and ties are optional.

    4. Regular CN dress code for shaving, hats, and jewelry are in force for both boy guest and CN  students.

Bringing a Guest:

If a Cardinal Newman student wants to bring a guest they must complete a "Dance Behavior Agreement Form" which clarifies that they will take responsibility for the actions of their guest.

This form needs to be submitted to the Dean prior to the dance in order for the guest to be eligible to attend.

Basic Dance Procedures:
1. School rules apply to conduct at any school-sponsored dance.

2. With the exception of the Prom, all dances will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 PM unless otherwise agreed upon by the Administration; students may not enter after 9:00 PM, or leave before 10:30 PM. The Prom may be held until 1:00 AM. Any exception to these times must be approved by the Dean of Student Life.

3. Breathalyzers (alcohol detector devices) will be available for use by school staff if a student is suspected of alcohol use

4. Dances are important social events for students and provide a structured forum for socializing and expression. However, the school must maintain a reasonable standard of appropriate behavior and dance movement. The following guidelines will be used to determine appropriate behavior and dance styles. The following dance styles are NOT permitted:
    a. Lewd or suggestive dancing (grinding, dirty dancing, etc.)
    b. Movements that advocate violence (moshing, slamming, etc.)
    c. Movements that threaten student safety
    d. Any dance deemed inappropriate by chaperones/administrators Inappropriate dancing WILL NOT be tolerated.

5. Any student dancing in a manner that is offensive to any chaperone will be removed from the dance floor for 10 minutes (under the supervision of chaperones). If the student is found to be dancing offensively a second time, the student’s parent/guardian will be called and required to take the student home. You are responsible for your guest's behavior. Please inform your guest ahead of time about our policies on appropriate dancing, drug and alcohol use, dress code, etc. These rules apply to Cardinal Newman students AND their guests.

School Events


Proper behavior is expected at all home and away athletic contests.  Athletes and spectators should always display an attitude of good sportsmanship toward opposing players, coaches, fans, and referees.  Sportsmanship means treating one’s opponents with fairness, courtesy, and respect.  Students/parents whose behavior is inappropriate will be asked to leave the event after a warning.  Continued poor behavior will lead to further disciplinary action.

In accordance with CIF/NCS and NBL League sportsmanship policies, the following behaviors are considered unacceptable at all high school athletic contests:

1.       Insulting your opponents’ school mascot.

2.       Insulting opposing coaches, players, cheerleaders, or fans of the opposing team.

3.       Making unsportsmanlike, derogatory or obscene cheers or gestures.

4.       Signs meant to be derogatory toward one’s opponent.

5.       Using artificial noise makers.

6.       Insulting officials verbally or through gestures.

7.       Proceeding to the playing court or field before, during or after the contest.

8.       Acting disrespectfully during the national anthem or during opposing team instructions.

Conduct at Assemblies, Rallies, and Liturgies

Assemblies, rallies, and liturgies are offered to enhance the school’s academic, social and spiritual programs.  Inappropriate behavior, or actions contrary to the Philosophy of Cardinal Newman High School, will be referred to the Dean of Students.  When the appointed activity is scheduled to begin all students must go directly to the assembly and should sit in the appropriate section.  Students should be attentive and respectful to speakers at all times and should not disrupt the assembly in any way.  Students must remain in their seats until formally dismissed from the assembly.  Students will be given a warning and if necessary will be asked to leave the event.

Public Display of Affection

Excessive and inappropriate displays of affection are not acceptable on campus or at school events.  Parents will be notified if deemed necessary by the Dean of Students.


Library Rules

The library is a place for students to study and gather for academic purposes. Students are also encouraged to come in during break, lunch, and after school. It's a place where safety, respect, and consideration of others coincide with school rules and policies. Below is a list of rules that will be used to guide students in the expected behavior. If the library or any learning area of the library is full students may be asked to return at a later time. For any special needs please see a librarian.

Student Responsibilities and Expectations
1. Do their own work and refrain from copying academic assignments. Any students found copying will lead to student discipline with the Dean.
2. Be respectful at all times.
3. To tuck in chairs after each use.
4. Recycle papers in the correct recycle bin.
5. Students should leave any unwanted library books on the library tables.
6. No eating in the library.
7. Only bottled water is allowed.
8. Hooded sweatshirts are to be worn with the hood down at all times in order to identify students. No hats allowed.

Electronic Device Rules
1. All devices are for academic work only, no games are allowed in the library at any time. Step outside if you need to make or receive a phone call as long as it's not during class time. 
2. Do not take or use another student's device without permission. 
3. Students may print up to five black and white pages and one color page maximum daily. See a librarian if you have other needs regarding printing.

Sign in and out rules
1. All students are required upon entry, during class times, to sign in and out at the front desk of the library.