Substance Use and Abuse Policy
Diocesan schools take a firm stand against drug and alcohol abuse as a violation of Catholic Christian values and the laws of the United States. Students attending Diocesan schools and discovered to be users of drugs will be required to participate in a drug rehabilitation program external to the school. Should the pupil refuse to accept the remedial program, or, having submitted to the remedial program but subsequently found to continue his behavior of drug abuse, such pupil will be expelled from the school.
Schools in the Diocese of Steubenville will provide students with information and activities designed to discourage and prevent them from using alcohol and other drugs in a manner harmful to themselves and others. Information and activities will clearly and consistently convey the message that illicit use of alcohol and other drugs is wrong and harmful, and that abstinence is desirable. Prevention activities include classroom instruction, parent education, in service training, guidance and counseling, and the promotion of positive
Schools in the Diocese of Steubenville will establish and follow procedures that convey the message that the possession, use, or sale of alcohol and other illicit drugs will not be tolerated. The purpose of intervention is to assist students who may be involved with alcohol or other drugs through immediate and decisive action when alcohol and other drug use is suspected or discovered, including consistent application of consequences appropriate to the nature and severity of the offense. These procedures are designed to help students to successfully address their harmful involvement with alcohol or other drugs, maintain membership in the school community, and restore and support satisfactory progress in the attainment of personal, social, emotional, spiritual, and academic or vocational goals. Intervention and enforcement policies balance concern for the provision of a safe and positive learning environment for the common welfare with compassionate concern for the welfare of each individual. They are applied in a manner that safeguards the moral and legal rights of individuals and families with respect to matters of personal reputation and privacy. Intervention with students will require the involvement of parents as primary educators and decision-makers in matters affecting their children, reflected in efforts to obtain parental cooperation, assent, and participation.
Schools in the Diocese of Steubenville will forbid students to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of, in the school setting, any alcohol substance, any intoxicating or auditory, visual, or mental altering chemical or substance, or any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, anabolic steroid, barbiturate, marijuana, or any other controlled substance, as defined by Federal or Ohio law or rule, or any counterfeit of such drug or substance; all being collectively referred to as drugs. School setting includes any school building or any school premises; any vehicle used to transport students to and from school and school activities off school property during any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school.
Students who violate this policy will be subject to corrective procedures that may result in suspension or expulsion from school. While each student is expected to comply with the school’s standards for performance, school authorities may hold penalties in abeyance if students and their parents demonstrate willingness to seek appropriate assistance, and if acceptable progress and satisfactory performance is observed. Where violation of the law is involved, the law enforcement will be notified.
In the school setting, students attending St. Mary School whether in the full day schedule, or at school-approved activities, events or functions, may not carry articles that could inflict bodily harm to another person. This could be a deadly weapon, such as a gun, knife, sharp object or any counterfeit of such material that could be considered a deadly weapon. Young students may not bring to school any toy guns for play, show-and-tell, birthday celebrations, or any other activity in school and/or school-sponsored or approved activity. Items of this type may not be stored, kept or hidden in any part of the school facility, desk, locker or any substitute area of the school. Films, movies and/or videos that express violence and seek the approval of violence in any form, are not acceptable or permitted in any school building or facility sponsored by St. Mary School.
Students will have respect for all other students, staff and faculty members at St. Mary School. Students will not harass other students because of their sex, race, national origin, talents, abilities, handicap, or any other reason. All students will be treated impartially under the guidelines of the school. Any student who does not follow these guidelines will be liable to the discipline guidelines, suspensions and expulsion procedures.
PEER SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Peer sexual harassment is strictly forbidden at St. Mary School, on its premises and during its programs and activities. Peer sexual harassment is any unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature, such as touching or grabbing or sexual comments, directed at a person because of his or her sex that interferes with the ability of a student or students to receive an education.
Students enrolled at St. Mary School shall treat their fellow students with dignity and respect at all times on school property and in school programs and activities. Disciplinary action shall result from violations of this anti-harassment policy. St. Mary School strongly encourages students to report sexual harassment immediately to teachers or administrators. If the report is made to a teacher, the teacher will promptly notify the principal. St. Mary School will take prompt and fair action to investigate any report and to stop the sexual harassment.
Students enrolled at St. Mary School shall treat their fellow students with dignity and respect at all times on school property and in school programs and activities. Disciplinary action shall result from violations of this anti-harassment policy. St. Mary School strongly encourages students to report sexual harassment immediately to Teachers or Administrators. If the report is made to a teacher, the teacher will promptly notify the principal. St. Mary School will take prompt and fair action to investigate any report and to stop the sexual harassment.
Individual testing may be required when there is reason to suspect that a student may be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, acts out in a violent manner or is involved in sexual harassment. Any student judged by school officials to present a risk of imminent danger to himself/herself or others maybe removed from school. When either the student or parent(s) do not wish to cooperate in obtaining needed assistance, the student's entitlement to continued enrollment in the school may be reevaluated, taking into account the best interests of the student, educational opportunities and the rights of other students, staff and faculty, in the context of the philosophy, goals and objectives of St. Mary School and the Diocese of Steubenville.
The buildings, grounds, classrooms, and lockers located within the St. Mary School Building are the exclusive property of the Diocese of Steubenville and may be searched randomly in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and case law promulgated by the courts of Ohio.