Middle School Code of Conduct

Student Conduct

Students and parents must realize that acceptable conduct comes from a positive concern for self and others. Every teacher has not only the right but also the duty to insist on orderly behavior. However, each student also has the responsibility of self-discipline. The rules that follow are guidelines to help students understand the choices and consequences involved in their behavior.

Student Misconduct

  1. Any activity which interferes with the normal, orderly progress of the educational process.
  2. Any activity which interferes with the right of the teacher to teach or the right of the students to learn.
  3. Any actions which may endanger, threaten, coerce, or intimidate.
  4. Any conduct which initiates, promotes, or carries out physical assault.
  5. Any activity which involves the damaging or theft of either public or personal property.
  6. Any behavior which can be interpreted as defiant or disobedient to regularly constituted authority.
  7. Any behavior considered distasteful and offensive in the school environment.

Appropriate discipline will vary due to the severity and impact of the particular act on the school community. Repeat offenders refer to offenses in a given school year, unless, otherwise noted. Level of consequences: Consequences shall be sequential and cumulative for each student within each level.

Violations listed are grouped into minor and major levels. Each level is based on the degree of severity. Consequences for misbehavior may be increased or decreased at the discretion of the administration for extenuating circumstances.

Assuming the responsibility granted to it by the Board of Education, Caro Middle School establishes the following categories of misconduct (while a student is under jurisdiction of the school) as those which may result in temporary separation, suspension, or expulsion from the Caro Community Schools. These categories are general in nature and are not deemed to be all inclusive.

Disciplinary Action Definitions


Period of time in addition to a student’s regular schedule when the student is assigned to detention by a teacher or Principal. Failure to report will result in the student receiving the initial detention plus an additional detention.

Responsibility Room

Separation from regular classes and other activities of the building for a full day. Student is considered present at school and will be responsible for assignments. Students may not participate in sports or other extra-curricular activities the day assigned to the Responsibility Room. Student misconduct during this time will result in an Out-of-School Suspension.

Out-of-School Suspension

Student spends day(s) of suspension at home. Student is expected to do and hand in all assignments. Student may not participate in or attend any sport or school related activity or be on school property at any time unless authorized by Administration. Student can ask for homework to be picked up after 24 hours notice. No additional requests for homework will be honored until previously requested assignments are turned in.


Short Term (longer than 10 days) or Permanent removal of the student from the building and campus on the basis of student violation by action of the Board of Education. Principal and Assistant Principal are delegated authority by the Board of Education to initiate the separation procedure for student misconduct and/or violation of the district’s policies and regulations.


  1. Inform parent and student, in writing of charges and conditions of suspension.
  2. Notify parent/guardian or designee by one or more of the following methods:
    • Telephone
    • Letter/Written Notification/E-Mail
    • Personal Contact

Bullying is a form of harassment. For the purposes of this policy, “bullying” is defined as: “The repeated intimidation, or emotional abuse of others by the infliction of harm of any kind to the person or property of others whether real or threatened, as transmitted verbally, in writing, or electronically transmitted (often referred to as “cyber bullying”) either in or outside of school. It may include, but not be limited to, actions such as verbal, written, or electronically transmitted taunts, name-calling and put-downs, including ethnically-based or gender based put-downs, extortion or attempted extortion of money or possessions, and systematic exclusion from peer groups within school.” Such conduct is disruptive of the educational process and, therefore, bullying is not acceptable behavior in this District, and is prohibited.

Students who engage in any act of bullying while at school, at any school function, in connection to or with any District sponsored activity or event, while en route to or from school, or outside of school hours if the bullying is likely to carry some connection to, or have an effect upon the school environment, are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion. For more information see the Board Policy located on this website.


Attendance Policy - 121

  • The first two unexcused tardy within a Trimester result in warnings from the teacher.
  • The third unexcused tardy results in an after school detention.
  • The consequence for being tardy four or more times is a day in the Responsibility room or additional after school detentions as deemed by administration.

Disrespect - 122

Showing a lack of respect for others; insult.

  • Bodily Conditions - The condition under which any pupil is suspected of having a communicable disease, or who has persistent and neglected body odors.  Intentionally belching or passing gas can be considered a violation.
  • Defacing Property - The act of destroying another person’s property and/or school property using writing, other forms of graffiti, or ones hands.
  • Indecency - The act of offending against commonly recognized standards of propriety or good taste, including the use of vulgar language.  This can be in the form of a gesture, written or verbal or racial slurs.
  • Minor Language Indiscretions - the use of inappropriate language including obscenities and name calling. This can also include lying to any school staff. *Refer to Major Disrespect

Disruptive - 123

  • Distracting/Disruptive Materials or Activities - Some items and activities are prohibited for reasons of good order.  Confiscation of these items is necessary because they are disruptive or unsafe in nature.  It is required, confiscated items be picked up by the parent.  Examples:  Writing and/or passing notes, items that can be sprayed, sprinkled, or poured; items which emit a distracting or offensive odor (squirt guns, squirt bottles, aerosol cans), cell  phones, MP3 players, headphones, remote control devices or any other electronic devices, including toys. Toys are not allowed. Examples: Hacky sacks, footballs, basketballs, skateboards, or any little cars or trucks, etc. This also can include pulling pranks on another student.
  • Disruption with Substitute Teacher - Disobedience or disrespectful behavior with a substitute teacher.  This results in an after-school detention if the regular education teacher agrees with the substitute’s disciplinary action.

Dress Code Violation - 124

Failure to meet the dress code as outlined in the school rules. Please review the dress code on page 4.

Graffiti - 125

The act of defacing another person’s property and/or school property using writing, drawing, other forms of graffiti.

Inappropriate Display of Affection (PDA) - 126

Behavior that is inappropriate in the school setting or which shows lack of modesty or tact.  Examples:  Suggestive and flirtatious behaviors, holding hands, kissing or embracing that is not appropriate for a school setting.

Inappropriate Language/Drawing - 127

Language or drawings that are violent or sexual in nature.

Insubordination (Minor) - 128

Not obeying a reasonable request of a staff member or not obeying school rules.  Example:  Class disruption, running in hall, horseplay, unauthorized use of classroom telephones, chewing gum, etc. This includes refusal to do homework. Any disobedience or disrespectful behavior or behavior that disrupts the educational process in a classroom.

  • Insubordination - The failure to respond or carry out a reasonable request by a staff member.
  • Refusal to Do Class Work - Failure to work on assignments, projects, test, etc., in class as required by the teacher.  Refusing to do work in class automatically violates a minimum of two classroom rules posted in the classroom.

Loitering Unauthorized Area - 129

Being present someplace other than where authorized to be or refusing to leave when ordered to do so.  Loitering occurs when students are in the building or on school grounds without a valid pass and not in their regularly scheduled classes.

Lying/Cheating - 130

The act of misrepresenting another’s work as one’s own by plagiarizing, copying or collaborating when the paper/test/project is presented for a grade.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized distribution by a student of a teacher’s or student’s materials, such as tests/assignments, to other students or the use of such materials by other students.

Misuse of Technology (Minor) - 131

Having technology devices out, but not being used.  Device will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.

Non Compliance - 132

  • Littering - Failure to place trash in appropriate containers.
  • Not prepared for class - Not coming to class with the proper supplies needed, such as pencil and books.  Not having homework completed.
  • Not Returning Signed Detention Slip – Failure to return detention/lunch study forms signed by a parent.
  • Violation of Classroom or School Rules – Violating school rules as listed in the planner on the Caro Middle School Behavior Expectations Matrix.

Petty Theft – M01

Taking of another’s personal property of which the value is under $1.

Possession of Over-the-Counter Medication and Prescription Medication – M02

Having on person or in locker over-the-counter medication like aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen or prescription medication that has not been logged in at the office.

Rough housing/Horseplay - 133

Excessive roughness that could result in personal injury. Students must keep hands to self.

  • Throwing Snowballs and Other Objects - The tossing or throwing of any object in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, and/or on school property that is capable of causing harm.  The throwing of food will not be tolerated.

Unapproved Sales - 134

Students are not allowed to sell any item on school grounds without administrative approval.  This includes any fundraiser/sales for individual gain as well as other extracurricular activities outside of school-sponsored activities.

Use of Nuisance Items - 135

This includes, aerosol products, perfumes, and chemicals etc. that cause distractions in the school.

Consequences for Minor Level

1st offense - 60 minutes After School Detention (ASD) or warning

2nd offense - 60 minutes ASD

3rd offense - 60 minutes ASD, plus mandatory referral to counseling office

Once a student reaches their 4th detention, be it assigned by Teacher, Office or a combination of the two, the student will lose their end of the year field trip. This means that once a student reaches a total of 4 detentions from any or a combination of teachers and/or office they will lose their end of the year trip.

4th offense - 1 day in the Responsibility Room (RR).

5th offense - 2 days in the (RR)

6th offense - 3 days in the (RR)

7th offense - 3 days out of school suspension

8th offense - 5 days out of school suspension

9th offense - 7 days out of school suspension

10th and subsequent offenses - 10 days out of school suspension and is considered Persistent Disobedience and recommendation for expulsion may be considered.


**Arson - 915 -

The willful and malicious burning of, or attempt to burn any building or part of any building, structure, or property of the Caro Community School District.

*Borrowing Money under Threat (Extortion) - 153

The act of extortion, or borrowing or attempting to borrow money or things of value from a student in Caro Community Schools unless both parties enter into an agreement freely and without the presence of either an implied or expressed threat.

**Breaking & Entering - 152

Accessing another’s personal area or school property illegally.

**Criminal Sexual Conduct - 908

Sexual conduct or sexual contact, as defined in Michigan Law (MCLA 750-520A(k)), in buildings or property owned or maintained by the school is prohibited.  Participation in any such conduct will necessitate long-term suspension and/or expulsion depending on the severity of the circumstance.  Coercing another person into engaging in sexual conduct will be considered an extremely severe form of voluntary sexual conduct and will be disciplined accordingly.

Disrespect (Major) - 154

Talking back, arguing with or pranking a staff member that shows extreme disrespect for the staff member.

  • *Obscenities toward Staff Members - The act of using obscenities toward staff members in or on school property.  This includes verbal, physical gestures, written or in the form of pictures or caricatures.

**Explosives or Fireworks - 914

(including fire crackers and fireworks) - The possession of any explosive device is strictly prohibited.

Extreme Rough Housing - 155

Hitting, kicking or pushing to the extreme where a person could be hurt or is hurt.

**False Alarms or Calling 911 - 156

The issuing, by word or act, of a false or misleading report of a fire or a bomb threat.  This also includes the setting off of the school’s fire alarm system or dialing 911 from any phone.

*Fighting – 157-159

An act involving bodily contact in or on school property, or going to or from school, including any activity under school sponsorship.

Forgery or Plagiarism - 160

The act of fraudulently using in writing or using the name of another person, impersonating, or falsifying times, dates, grades, addresses, or other data on school forms or phones.

Gambling - 161

The act of betting, wagering, or playing of games of chance for money.

* Gang Related Activity - 162

Abusive and/or humiliating tricks as a form of initiations. Including Initiations, Hazing, Fraternities, Sororities, and Secret Societies.

*Gross Misbehavior - 163

The act of deliberate or willful conduct detrimental to normal functions of the program or activity under school sponsorship, or the act of threats to other pupils, including spreading vicious rumors.

  • *Disorderly Conduct - @ Adverse actions or reactions, demanding immediate attention. Behavior, which disrupts the normal function of the classroom or school, which could result in harm to others. This behavior would require immediate removal from the area.
  • *Releasing of Dangerous Substance - This includes, but is not limited to, aerosol products, chemicals etc. that causes harm or may be harmful to others or cause gross distractions in the classroom.
  • **Severe Gross Misbehavior - The act of deliberate or willful conduct that is harmful or threatening to staff members.  This includes but is not limited to tampering, assisting in the tampering or knowledge of tampering with staff personal items or theft of staff items.

Harassment (Bullying) – 164, 172, 924-928

Extreme name-calling and or threats with some intimidation present or, any act that encourages the bullying of another person.

  • Harassment (Bullying) – Picking on or bothering another student or any act that encourages the bullying of another person. This can include spreading rumors, threats, name calling, or other offensive remarks that causes one to fear for oneself. Depending on the seriousness of the Harassment it may be enforced as a Minor or Major offense.
  • *Harassment of Others (Including Sexual Harassment) - Any unwelcome advances, verbal or physical conduct sexual in nature; sexual advances, request for sexual favors deemed inappropriate by the receiver or any other individual. This also includes pantsing (the act of pulling another’s pants down). Also hitting, kicking or name calling that causes harm to another. Also any act that encourages the bullying of another person.
  • **Harassment (Bullying) – Threatening one to fear for oneself, may include physical force or intimidation and any act that encourages the bullying of another person. Also, a combination of three or more previous write-ups of a lesser or equal nature.

**Illegal Drugs, Narcotics and Prescription Drugs – 168, 905

The possession, use, distribution or the aiding in distribution of any illegal drug, narcotic or prescription drug in or on school property or at any activity under school sponsorship.  This includes look-alike drugs and look-alike drug paraphernalia.

Indecency - 154

The act of offending against commonly recognized standards of propriety or good taste, including the use of vulgar language.  This can be in the form of a gesture, written or verbal or racial slurs.

*Indecent Exposure - 166

The exposure of body parts considered inappropriate for any school function.

Insubordination (Major) - 167

The failure to respond or carry out a reasonable request by a staff member.

  • *Gross Insubordination – extreme defiance and belligerence to a staff member, which goes beyond mere refusal to carry out a request.
  • **Persistent Disobedience - The recurring insubordination in complying with reasonable requests from school personnel.

Misuse of Technology (Major) - 169

The violation of the district’s “Acceptable Use Policy”. (To see the complete policy go to the schools website and click on Student/Parent resources then click on: technology.) Includes, but not limited to, the repeated use of cell phones (texting included), and internet communication or any electronic device, sabotaging classroom computers or misuse of the student’s gaggle account, such as profane or bad language.

Obscenity - 154

The act of using obscene language by pupils, in verbal or written form or in pictures or caricatures or gestures in or on any school property or during a school sponsored activity.

*Passing or Distributing Medication - 904

The possession, use, distribution or the aiding in distribution of any over-the-counter or prescription medication in or on school property or at any activity under school sponsorship. Giving any over-the-counter or prescription medication to another person.

**Physical Assault - 902-903

Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.

  • Against another pupil - expulsion up to 180 days as defined by MCL 380.1311a(12)(B)
  • Against a staff member - permanent expulsion as defined by MCL 380.1311a(12)(B)

**Possessing or Using Weapons - 910, 179 = under 3” 

The act of possessing, using or threatening to use any weapon or instrument capable of inflicting bodily injury shall be grounds for immediate expulsion with no exceptions.  MCL 380.1313.

*Possession of Tobacco Products - 170

Having in one’s immediate possession or in one’s locker any tobacco product including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

  • Possession of Igniting Devices - Having on person or in locker any device that can be used for lighting. This includes, but is not limited to, matches and lighters.
  • Use of Igniting Devices - The lighting of matches or lighters or any other igniting devices.

**Possession or Use of Alcohol - 923

The possession, use, distribution of alcoholic beverages in or on school property or at any activity under school sponsorship.

Provoking, Promoting or Obstructing a Fight - 171

  • Provoking - Verbal aggression short of physical action or physical action including teasing, intimidation, harassment.
  • Promoting - Promoting a fight or confrontation.  The carrying of information or making arrangements that result in hostility between other individuals.
  • Obstruction - Spectator interference with staff efforts to control or end a fight, students not directly involved in a fight but laughing at or encouraging from the sidelines, or running to the scene of a fight that interferes with staff efforts to control the situation.

Skipping/Truancy - 173

The act of unauthorized absence from school (classroom, lunchroom etc.) for any period of time.  Tardiness shall be considered under truancy.  Truant behavior will be turned over to the truant officer.

*Smoking - 174

Smoking is defined as having tobacco in the hand, mouth or both (lighted or unlighted), or other evidence of smoking.  Inhaling or exhaling smoke from a tobacco product or similar substance.  Chewing or excreting tobacco products.

*Theft or Larceny (Stealing) - 921

The act of dishonestly acquiring the property of another or others.

**Threat of Physical Attack - 176-178

Any willful verbal threat (direct or indirect) that is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact, which will be painful and injurious to them or their property, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.  Expulsion up to 180 days as defined by Board Policy.

  • With Weapon
  • Without Weapon
  • Staff Members

*Vandalism - 907

The act of willful destruction of property belonging to another or others (requires reimbursement, repair or replacement).

**Violation of Law

The violation of any law not already listed in this discipline policy.

Consequences for Major Level

1st offense - 1 day in the Responsibility Room (RR) & loss of end of year field trip

2nd offense - 3 days in the (RR)

3rd offense - 3 days out of school suspension

4th offense - 5 days out of school suspension

5th and subsequent offenses - 10 days out of school suspension and is considered Persistent Disobedience and recommendation for expulsion may be considered.

Consequences for *

These items shall be reported to the Local Law Enforcement at the schools discretion depending on severity.

1st offense - 3 days in the Responsibility Room (RR) and loss of end of year field trip

2nd offense - 3 days out of school suspension

3rd offense - 5 days out of school suspension

4th and subsequent offenses - 10 days out of school suspension and or recommendation for expulsion

Consequences for **

These items shall be reported to the Local Law Enforcement.

1st offense - 10-day out of school suspension, which may be reduced to 5 days at the discretion of the administrator if student provides written proof of enrollment in counseling or automatic 10 days out of school with referral to the Board of Education for Expulsion

2nd offense - 10-day out of school suspension with recommendation to Board of Education for expulsion