Student Life

Handbook | Discipline

It takes very little to govern good people.” ~Cormac McCarthy 

A student’s main responsibility is to learn to the best of his or her ability. Teachers can help, but no one can make another person learn against his or her will. A student’s attitude and effort are what will determine how well he or she does at ANC, so we hope students come with a positive attitude and a willingness to work and participate.

We encourage all students to become involved because those who are actively involved in the work of their academic courses, in social life and other extracurricular activities gain the most from their years at ANC. The individual and the school each benefit when this happens.

It is our hope that students will lead virtuous and orderly lives. Sometimes it is necessary to provide consequences with the goal of encouraging orderly behavior. Major disciplinary actions may involve probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Sexual misconduct, involvement with drugs and alcohol, stealing, cheating, vandalism, physical violence, bullying in any form, lying, and irreverence are things which could incur major disciplinary actions. A compilation or repetition of more minor infractions (e.g. dress code violations, attendance issues, missed assignments, taking the Lord’s name in vain) could also bring the same results.

Students should know that the faculty will not tolerate repeated irreverence and classroom disturbances; however, students who wish to cooperate and who are serious about their education will not be bothered with disciplinary actions.

ANC reserves the right to search any room or locker on the campus. We may employ the use of drug sniffing dogs. Without forewarning parents or students, we reserve the right to drug test students and to search personal belongings for drugs on campus and at school sponsored events.

ANC does administer consequences for major infractions that occur off campus. Images, texts, and other items posted to social media that indicate a violation of our behavioral expectations or that reflects badly on the institution will incur consequences.

Attending the ANC graduation ceremony is a privilege not a right. The faculty may grant a diploma but not allow the student to participate in the graduation ceremony for disciplinary reasons, poor academic performance, and/or failing to meet other school requirements and responsibilities. 

Discipline Reporting

Upon direct request for information pertaining to a student’s discipline record​ from a college,​ university​, or other institution to which a student may be transferring​, the student must honestly and fully disclose if he or she has been subject to a disciplinary response including, but not limited to, probation, suspension, dismissal or withdrawal from The Academy of the New Church or any other secondary school the student has attended. Upon direct request for information pertaining to a student’s discipline record, ​from a college​,​ university​, or other institution to which a student may be transferring, administration will honestly and fully disclose if a student has been subject to a disciplinary response including, but not limited to, probation, suspension, dismissal or withdrawal from ​The Academy of the New Church. The student should ensure that ​responses are provided​ in a consistent and thoughtful manner. Colleges and universities typically require applicants to answer questions about discipline on the application and require counselors to address discipline on the secondary school report.

If a student’s disciplinary status changes after the filing of college or university applications, the student has the opportunity and obligation to inform all schools to which an application has been submitted or the school at which the student has submitted an enrollment deposit. The student should notify the colleges or universities within two weeks from the date of the change in status. Two weeks after the change in status, the College and Career Counselor will notify the colleges and/or universities in writing that the student’s status has changed and the reason for the change. The college admission officer will be directed to the student and the family for further information.

 

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