Code of Student Conduct

Codes of Conduct

Please click below to download the code of conduct for each level:

Elementary Code of Conduct
Middle School Code of Conduct
High School Code of Conduct

All schools in South Brunswick Schools share the common mission to foster positive school citizenship. To that end, we embrace the following core values or CARES:

C Cooperation
A Assertion
R Responsibility
E Empathy
S Self-control

As students progress through the system and into the high school, they continue to build upon this basic core while also emphasizing the values of Honesty, Respect, Kindness, Service, and Responsibility.

Our overarching goal is to intentionally maintain a safe and caring community. This is supported by the District’s proactive, intentional approaches to Character Education - Elementary Responsive Classroom, Middle School Developmental Designs, and High School Strive for Five (Ethics and Excellence) - which foster social, emotional and academic growth. Further information about our character education program is available >here.

The ultimate purpose of school discipline is the development of self-discipline. In all of the South Brunswick Schools, we strive to be consistent, firm but fair, and aware of the pride and dignity of every student. We expect students to behave responsibly, to respect the rights and properties of others, and to work cooperatively with all members of the school community. We expect students to follow the school behavioral guidelines and the specific behavioral guidelines established in each class. Students are accountable to all school personnel for their behavior while on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, walking to and from school, in the before or after school programs, or, in some cases, off school grounds, if substantial disruption to the orderly operation of the school results. This includes online behavior (that is, behavior transmitted by an electronic device).

When a student commits an offense, the school staff helps the student to see the relationship between the offense and the related core value. When logical consequences are applied, age-specific parameters are used, and the student’s developmental needs and history of unacceptable behavior, as well as the circumstances of the offense are taken into consideration.

DUE PROCESSParents and students have procedural due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment with respect to discipline that involves the possibility of serious sanction and consequences such as suspension or expulsion. Specific procedures are available upon request from your school’s main office and they are posted on our District Web Site - Due Process Rights.

BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTSA current list of community and school-based health and social service provider agencies and other resources are available to support a student and a student’s family. In addition to outside providers (help lines, referral services, counseling services and crisis services), there is a host of District supports including Student Support Teams in each school (multidisciplinary teams that provide a coordinated system for the identification, planning and delivery of interventions to assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior or health difficulties), Child Study Teams, counselors, school nurses, and the BRIDGE Center, which is located on site in the high school and is a partnership with the District and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, a division of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey which provides a range of free, confidential recreational and mental health services to all middle and high school students.

Please refer to the South Brunswick High School Student Support web page for more information on UMDNJ, or call your school’s main office or counselor for assistance.

LOGICAL CONSEQUENCESPlease refer to the drop-down menu for the list of Elementary, Middle and High School Student Rights and Responsibilities, Expectations for Student Behavior and Logical Consequences. These sections of the code are designed to be developmentally appropriate for the ages of the students. Each level has a continuum of responses to violations of the code that are based on the severity of the offenses and the ages and behavioral histories of the offenders. The continuum is designed to remediate and where necessary, impose sanctions