Pillars of Conduct
Philosophy of Student Conduct
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Code of Conduct flows from our belief in the process of growth as a means to Christian maturity. We believe that all students learn responsibility for their actions through choices and the acceptance of the consequences of their actions.
The primary goal of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Code of Conduct is to ensure that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School stands as a physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually safe place in which all students are able to mature into the type of person described in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Philosophy and in which the entire Seton Catholic School community is able to fulfill the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Mission Statement.
We recognize that the young women and men who attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School are at an exciting, and sometimes confusing, time in their lives and that the transition from dependent child to responsible adult can pose particular challenges. However, we also believe that, given clear guidelines and expectations, fair and consistent consequences, and loving support and opportunities for growth, all students are able to meet these challenges.
SETON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PILLARS OF CONDUCT
In keeping with the Philosophy of Student Conduct, there are five “Pillars of the Seton Catholic School Way” that all students must consistently practice. Those pillars are:
- I will treat others and myself with dignity and respect at all times.
- I will demonstrate good judgment in dress, communication, and conduct.
- I will be excellent in my academic effort and will meet all of my responsibilities as a student.
- I will live by the example of Jesus Christ, seeking justice, peace, and a closer relationship with God.
- I will represent my school and my Church with pride and honor in all that I do.
We believe, regardless of each student’s physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual capacity, that all students are capable of physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual maturity. Indeed, it is our desire that such maturity is a hallmark of every St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School student, and we are honored and pleased to be a part of this process.
When called upon to handle a disciplinary situation, it is the intent of the Administration to act as consistently as possible. However, sometimes situations arise which, in the judgment of the Principal or Assistant Principal, require individual handling. The Administration retains the right to make those judgments. The Principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary situations and may waive any disciplinary rule for just cause at her/his discretion.
When an administrator, faculty, or staff member notifies the disciplinarian of a student not living up to the expectations of one or more of the Pillars of the Seton Catholic School Way, the disciplinarian will meet with the student to discuss that student’s decision to make a poor choice. During the meeting, the student will commit, in writing, not to make the same mistake again, and the disciplinarian will assign an appropriate consequence that allows the student to make amends to the Seton Catholic School Community for her/his poor choice.
Student behavior should reflect that of Christian young women and men who are aware of their obligations to respect other people and property. Students should keep in mind that their behavior reflects not only on them but also on their families and the entire school community. Therefore, whether on campus or not, a student should be aware that if the school gains knowledge of any inappropriate behavior that violates any of the Pillars of the Seton Catholic School Way, that behavior may be reported to the student’s parents. In addition, the student is subject to disciplinary consequences as dictated by how poor a decision s/he has made, including extra-curricular consequences.