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Behavior in the Community

Cell Phones

Cell phones, PDA and hand held computers have become tools that many parents, students and educators use regularly in their daily life. There are many benefits from using these tools appropriately and responsibly. Our goal is to provide to opportunity to use these tools while upholding our commitment to providing an ideal environment for learning and fostering Community.

Because we acknowledge and celebrate the developmental differences between middle and upper school girls, we have different guidelines for the different divisions.

Upper school students are responsible to use their cell phones in a way that does not compromise their ability or the ability of those around them, to learn and to be present. Phones should be off during any class, assembly or gathering. Students may use their phone in between classes as long as their use does not compromise the environment for others. Using the phone inappropriately will result in confiscation of the phone for the remainder of the school day and the student will be required to meet with the Dean of Students, and for repeated inappropriate use, may appear before the Honor Council.


Disrespect and Harassment

It is the policy of Lincoln School to provide an academic and extracurricular environment free from all forms of harassment. Harassment constitutes any unwelcome or uninvited violations (physical, verbal, written, electronic, or otherwise) of a person's right to safety and respect. Acts of harassment include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:

  • Violence and assault - physical invasions of personal space that make another person feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Examples include, but are not limited to, threatening physical advances such as pushing, hitting, or scratching, and unwelcome sexual advances.
  • Intimidation - any action that involves forcing a member of the community to do something unwillingly, any derogatory or discriminatory remarks or gestures, any display of offensive or demeaning materials, any use of offensive slang terms or labels, and any offensive or threatening comments made through the Internet or electronic devices are all examples of intimidation.
  • Bullying - habitual verbal, written, or emotional cruelty toward another individual with the intention of causing harm, obtaining personal gain/pleasure, or intimidating others. This includes, but is not limited to name-calling, criticizing another's appearance, condition, or mannerisms, gossiping, racial slurs, etc.
  • Hazing - the initiation of students into a club, team, or organization on or off campus through violent, hostile, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning acts. Hazing includes directing, aiding, or otherwise participating (actively or passively) in acts that intentionally threaten the physical or mental health of a student.

If a student feels harassed or if a parent or student witnesses an act of harassment, he/she should inform or consult a trusted adult such as a teacher, administrator, or advisor.

Any of the acts described above will result in immediate disciplinary inquiry/action by the Upper School administration and/or Honor Council.


Drugs, Illegal Substances and Alcohol

The use or possession of alcohol, illegal substances or drugs on campus, at school functions, or outside of Lincoln School is prohibited. Such use or possession may result in immediate suspension or expulsion.

Lincoln is committed to helping students involved with drugs or alcohol and has a network of intervention and referral sources through the nurse and psychologist. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from these individuals.


Possession of Threatening Objects

All weapons, tools, etc. (such as firearms or knives) that may potentially harm members of the community are strictly prohibited from school grounds.


Eating and Drinking

Students must eat only in the designated dining area. Eating is prohibited in all areas other than the dining room (including the student lounge). Students may bring food to a classroom only with approval of their teacher. There is no food or drink (including water) permitted in the Hart Music Center/auditorium.


Internet Use

Students are encouraged and even required to use the internet for study and research. Certain sites are restricted from use in the school building. The Acceptable Use Policy must be signed by families and students before the student has permission to use the internet.

Internet use is regularly monitored for content and violations of this policy.

Members of the Lincoln community are asked to respect the honor, dignity, and privacy of others and the intellectual property of others and the school at all times. They may not publish: a) identifiable names of other students or community members, b) any personal information about other students or community members, or c) any proprietary school information, including photos of the school on any public media (including, but not limited to IM, blogs, YouTube, My Space, Facebook, etc.) without first obtaining the written permission of the school and all those involved.

Consequences:

Students who use chat rooms and websites for inappropriate communication or enter material which reflects poorly on the image of the school community will be required to meet with the Dean of Students, and may appear before the Honor Council.


Messages

Students are responsible for checking their email and mailbox several times during the day to receive messages from students, teachers, or administrative offices. The privacy of mail placed in mailboxes must be respected.

All school and class messages may be placed on the class bulletin boards in the lounge or included in class conference on the FirstClass email system. It is important that students check all of these on a daily basis for school information.


Parking

As good members of this community, we must respect our neighbors, particularly with the use and parking of cars.

Students may not park in the Front Circle at any time.

Students may NOT park on the Patterson Street side of The Little School.

Students observed driving recklessly will be reported to the Upper School Office.

Student, faculty, and staff cars must be registered at the front desk.

Consequences:

Note that if a student parks illegally, she may be ticketed by the Providence Police.


Personal Belongings

Students should place all books and belongings in a locked locker. They are strongly encouraged to leave items of value at home.


Personal Safety

Students are expected to inform an adult member of the faculty, staff, or administration if they believe that their safety or the safety of another student is in question or at risk. If a student seeks help for herself or someone else, confidentiality will be maintained.


Public Spaces

All of the rooms and common areas at Lincoln School are shared spaces. It is each individual's responsibility to use these areas respectfully. Therefore, students are expected to:

  • pick up after themselves when they leave any room or common area;
  • be mindful of the volume of their voices;
  • eat ONLY in the designated dining area;
  • not leave their personal belongings in the lounge. Lockers are provided to store student books and valuables.

Student Lounge:

The student lounges are public spaces.  Students must be conscious of the people who pass through that space every day (students and faculty from all divisions, prospective students and families, visitors to the school).  Many students use the lounge area as a quiet space for studying. Music must be played only with headphones and all conversations should be done quietly.  The lounges must not be used for sleeping or viewing movies.

Consequences:

If a student use a public space disrespectfully, she will lose the privilege to use that public space for a period of time to be determined by the Dean of Students.


Smoking

Smoking in public buildings and schools and within 25 feet of the buildings is against state law. It is also illegal for students under the age of 18 years old to purchase, possess, or smoke tobacco products.


Stealing

Unauthorized taking or "borrowing" of personal or school property will not be tolerated. Lincoln reserves the right to conduct searches of backpacks or lockers in the rare situation when strong suspicion of possession of stolen articles, drugs, alcohol, or other material exists.

Consequences:

A student who compromises the safe environment of Lincoln School by stealing the property of others may be suspended. A second incident may result in dismissal.


Uniform

You are required to come to school in uniform daily. (See section on Uniform and Dress for specific details on the uniform.)

Consequences:

If you come to school out of uniform, you will receive a warning from the Dean of Students.  Further days out of uniform may result in an infraction.


Visitors

Visitors are allowed outside on school grounds, and on the first floor of Faxon Hall but they MUST sign in at the front desk. Any other location must be approved by the Dean of Students. 

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