Adult Taking Indecent Liberties with a Minor
Committing a sexual act with or in the presence of a child under the age of 16 years, by a person at least age 16 and at least five years older than the child, for sexual gratification, regardless of whether force was used, or whether the victim consented.
An affray is a fight between three or more students on school property or at a school-related activity.
Assault Involving Use of a Weapon (except firearms)
Assault with a weapon or other object that could reasonably be considered a weapon. A weapon includes any incendiary device defined under Level II, or any weapon or dangerous instrument defined in Level III, or any firearms or explosive device defined in Level IV.
Assault Resulting in Serious Injury
An intentional act or attempt by force or violence to do injury to the person of another that causes reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm resulting in one of the following: (1) substantial risk of death, (2) serious permanent disfigurement, (3) a coma, (4) a permanent or protracted condition that causes extreme pain, (5) permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or (6) that results in prolonged hospitalization.
Assault on School Personnel
The attempted or actual hitting, striking, emitting bodily fluids, utilizing any foreign substance, or other use of force upon a school official, employee or school volunteer who is not a student. This definition also includes the accidental striking of an adult while attempting to break up a fight.
Assault on Student
The attempted or actual hitting, striking, emitting bodily fluids, utilizing any foreign substance, or other use of force upon a student. Additionally, assault on a non-school employee, or non-student is prohibited on school grounds and/or at school-sponsored, sanctioned events.
Bomb Threats (dynamite, cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive)
Communicating a report, while knowing or having reason to know the report is false, that there is located on any school premises a device designed to cause damage or destruction by explosion, blasting, or burning. Placing on any school premises with the intent of perpetrating a hoax, any device that would appear to a reasonable person to be a bomb or similar instrument capable of causing injury and/or damage. (See RSS Policy 4333)
Breaking/Entering of a School Building/Property
The wrongful breaking or entering of any school building, school-owned vehicle, or secured property of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education at any time is prohibited. This includes the RSS network, computers, systems and programs.
Communicating Threats to an Adult
Threatening actions include language that reasonably threatens force of violence and any sign or action that reasonably constitutes a threat of force or violence toward any school employee or any other adult.
False Fire Alarm
Students will not initiate a false fire alarm on any school premises – doing so creates a clear threat to school safety. (See RSSS Policy 4333)
Fighting is the act of two or more persons involved in a physical conflict such as hitting or kicking another student or other person. A student who is attacked may use reasonable force in self-defense, but only to the extent to free himself/herself from the attack and notify proper school authorities. A student who exceeds this reasonable force may be disciplined even though he/she may not have provoked the fight.
Gang activity shall be defined as any act(s) that further promotes gangs or gang related activities or which threatens or intimidates another person or disrupts the educational environment on school premises or during any school-sponsored activity which includes, but not limited to:
- Communicating either verbally or non-verbally (hand signs, gestures, handshakes, slogans, drawings, etc.), to convey membership or affiliation with a gang;
- Defacing school or personal property with gang-related graffiti, symbols, or slogans;
- Requiring payment of protection, insurance, or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person related to gang activity;
- Inciting other students to intimidate or to act with physical violence upon any other person related to gang activity;
- Soliciting others for gang membership; and
- Committing any other illegal act or other violation of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ policies that relate to gang activity e.g. gang-related assault on student.
Student discipline for gang activity shall be in compliance with the notification requirements and processes in RSS Policy 4328, Gang-Related Activity.
Harassment – Sexual
Repeated unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment particularly when the conduct is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s educational performance. (For further information, guidelines, and requirements, refer to RSS Policies 1710/4021/7230 – Prohibition against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying)
Off-campus Consumption of Alcohol/Controlled Substances
The rule is violated when a student consumes any amount of alcohol or prohibited substance off-campus and then presents him or herself on school property-owned or leased by the local board of education, school bus stop, or any other school-sponsored event and a school official detects the physical characteristics of, e.g., odor, slurred speech, erratic behavior, bloodshot/glassy eyes, etc., the student’s consumption of alcohol or prohibited substance.
Possession of a weapon
Possessing, handling or transferring, whether openly or concealed, without educational permission or consent any BB gun, stun gun, gun, air rifle, air pistol, pistol, facsimile of a gun, knife, ice pick, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, loaded cane, sword cane, machete, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors, razor blades, box cutters, pepper spray, ammunition, explosives, explosive-making material, chemicals, or any other object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or dangerous instrument.
Possession of a Controlled Substances/Distribution/Selling
This offense includes possession, distribution or sale by a student of a controlled substance of the N. C. Controlled Substances Act or any counterfeit controlled substance. This includes, but is not limited to, marijuana, synthetic marijuana (spice or similar product), Cannabidiol (CBD), Hemp extract, MDPV and mephedrone (e.g. bath salts), cocaine, methamphetamine, barbiturate, heroin, mescaline, LSD, codeine, opium, ecstasy, vicodin, percocet, oxycodone (or generic derivatives) or any other hallucinogenic drug. Possession shall be defined as the substance being on the person, in the student’s personal effects, vehicle, locker or desk, or in the immediate control of the student in any amount or in any form. This offense also includes the unauthorized distribution of any prescription drug. (Please note Substance Abuse Policy Statement)
Property Damage – More than $1000
Damage is intentionally damaging, or attempting to damage, any school property or private property while under school jurisdiction.
Robbery (with or without a dangerous weapon)
The taking or attempting to take anything of value from anther’s person, by force, or by an act threatening force or violence, which puts a victim in fear, without the use of a weapon. The stealing of someone’s property without the use of force or from a source other than the victim’s person is not included in this offense. If the taking from the person involves use of a dangerous weapon the incident is reported as a robbery with a dangerous weapon. Robbery with a dangerous weapon would include robbery with an instrument, article or substance likely to produce great bodily harm.
To be defined as the unauthorized and unwanted, intentional, or forcible touching of a person of either sex. This category includes forcibly and intentionally grabbing the clothed or unclothed private areas of a person.
Sexual offense may be forcible or statutory. Forcible Sexual Offense is committed by force and without the consent of the victim. Statutory Sexual Offense is a sexual act committee on a child under the age of 1 by a person who is at lease 12 years old and at least four years older than the victim, regardless of whether the victim consented. If the person is 13, 14, or 15 years of age the defendant has to be at least six years older than the victim. Statutory Sexual Offense is also sexual acts committed on a person who is mentally handicapped or incapacitated or physically helpless, regardless of whether the victim consented.
Note: The difference in sexual assault and sexual offense is that sexual assault involves forcible and intentional touching without penetration.
No student shall engage in behavior, which is indecent, disreputable, or of a sexual nature to include consensual sex and/or sexual acts.
Theft – Value More than $1000
Theft is stealing or attempting to steal, or possessing stolen property having reason to know it was stolen. Theft includes stealing Rowan-Salisbury devices, which have an overall value of $1000 (i.e. laptops, iPads, and school computers).
Unlawfully Setting a Fire
Intentionally starting a fire or attempting to start a fire or aiding and abetting in the starting or attempting to start a fire without educational permission or consent is prohibited.
Use of and/or Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages
Consumption and/or distribution of an alcoholic beverage in any amount or form on school property owned or leased by the local board of education, school bus stop or at any school-sponsored event is prohibited. (Please note Substance Abuse Policy Statement)
Use of Controlled Substances
This offense includes the use of, but not limited to, marijuana, synthetic marijuana (spice or similar product), MDPV and mephedrone (e.g. bath salts), cocaine, methamphetamine, barbiturate, heroin, mescaline, LSD, codeine, opium, ecstasy, vicodin, percocet, oxycodone (or generic derivatives) hallucinogenic drug or any other chemical or product that may bring about a state of exhilaration or euphoria or otherwise alter the student’s mood or behavior while on school property owned or leased by the local board of education, school bust stop, or at any school sponsored event. (Please note Substance Abuse Policy Statement)