Student Behavior

General Student Behavior

The behavioral policy at Archbishop Mitty High School is based on our educational philosophy that emphasizes both the development of community and the personal responsibility of individuals.  It also conforms to the guidelines established by the Diocesan Department of Education which call for “....reasonable controls to promote the individual student’s development and self-discipline and a Christian environment in which the rights and responsibilities of students and teachers are recognized and upheld.”  The Archbishop Mitty student, in turn, must assume responsibility for his or her actions. To that end, a student who is uncooperative or deceives the faculty or administration, specifically during a disciplinary investigation, is liable for dismissal.

1. Chewing gum is prohibited on school property.

2. Eating and drinking are allowed in the cafeteria, patio, amphitheater, theater courtyard, center of campus, and Snack Shack table areas only.  No eating or drinking is allowed in any other school building or elsewhere on campus. Students are prohibited from having food delivered by off-campus vendors unless approved and supervised by a faculty or staff member.

3. Smoking (including smokeless tobacco or vapor pens) is strictly prohibited at all times on school property, and in the surrounding areas, including where students park vehicles.  Students may not use tobacco products, vapor pens or liquid smoke, carry matches or lighters at any time during the school day or at any school event.

4. Students are expected to be respectful of private property and not to loiter in the neighborhood areas surrounding school.  Students are prohibited from being on the grounds of John Mise Park on any school day.  Students may not loiter in the school parking lots before, during, or after school.  Once students arrive on campus via the parking lots, they must move to the interior of the campus, not loiter in and around vehicles.

5. Students are not to engage in raucous or disturbing behavior anywhere on campus. This includes the hallways, any area of school buildings, and the cafeteria.

6. Students are not allowed to loiter in front of the school, in the area outside of the Chapel or in the chapel, in the area outside the Dean of Students Office, in the foyer, in the area outside the athletic offices, in the gyms and locker rooms, in the football and the baseball stadiums, the four-acre field or surrounding areas during the school day. Any areas under construction are off limits to students at all times.

Students are not allowed to be in a classroom, gymnasium, pool, or office area without a staff member present to supervise.

7. The interior hallways in the 100, 200, 300, 400, 600, 800 wings, the exterior arcade of the 500 wing, the Power Courtyard, and the overhang outside the 800 wing are considered “off limits” to students except during passing periods.

Locker areas are “off limits” to students except during passing periods.

Lockers rooms are “off limits’ to students except during passing periods and when changing clothes for PE class or athletics. Changing times are 10 minutes into a class and 10 minutes prior to dismissal of a class. On the day of a contest that starts less than an hour after school, and only when sufficient time is not available to change clothing, athletes may change into uniforms with team warm-ups during their lunch period and wear this to afternoon classes. Any student entering the locker room outside of these times frames will be referred to the Dean for detention.

8. Students are not to climb on the roof of any structure on campus at any time for any reason.

9. Cell phones and personal listening devices, including iPods and smart watches, may not be out or in use anywhere on campus during school hours from 7:50-2:00 p.m. Outside of school hours these items must be used outdoors. None of these devices are permitted in the library during or after school. Students using cell phones, smart watches or personal listening devices between the hours of 7:50-2:00 p.m. risk having them confiscated for 24 hours and having to serve detention.

Electronic devices are brought to school at the student’s own risk, e.g., portable music players, cell phones, handheld organizers, laptop computers, and all types of cameras. AMHS absolves itself of any financial responsibility in the case of the theft of such items. However, all theft should be reported to the Dean of Students.

10. Playing board games and card games is permitted in the cafeteria and adjacent patio/amphitheater areas only (including before and after school).  Gambling is prohibited.  Students are not permitted to play games on any electronic device (PSPs, calculators, etc.) during school hours, 7:50-2:35.

11. Students are expected to dispose of trash properly at all times, both in the school buildings and grounds.  Littering may result in the extension of the school day for the student body for the purpose of students cleaning up the campus.

12. There will be mandatory school assemblies and liturgies. Students are expected to attend and to follow the procedures announced for these events.

13. Students are to carry their student I.D. cards at all times. Students may be requested by a supervisor or law enforcement officer to present their I.D. cards for identification. Students will be assigned detention if they cannot produce a student ID or dance ticket at a school dance; with a second occurrence, the student will not be permitted to enter the event. 

14. Students must purchase tickets to attend school dances, plays, musicals, Monarch Madness, and other school sponsored performances. Tickets for dances are non-transferrable. Only the student that purchases the ticket for the dance will be permitted to enter that dance. The school does not condone the sale or transfer of any Archbishop Mitty sponsored event ticket. 

15. Skateboards (including motorized), scooters, rollerblades, and shoes with retractable wheels (“heelies”) are not allowed on school property.  Remote-control vehicles are not allowed on campus.  Students are not permitted to have water balloons or use squirt guns.  Students may not bring animals on campus.  Any animals will be turned over to the County Animal Control Department.

16. Because physical displays of affection are exclusive behavior; they can detract from the Archbishop Mitty community spirit.  Therefore, it is inappropriate for students to engage in public, exclusive physical displays of affection on the school grounds at any time.  This includes, but is not limited to, prolonged holding, kisses, and caresses.

17. Students are to be silent and attentive during the daily announcements and assemblies.

18. Students are expected to refrain from inappropriate language (spoken or displayed) at all times on campus during the school day and whenever they represent AMHS as participants in any school-sponsored event.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • commonly defined foul language
  • any words normally deemed racist, sexist, or homophobic
  • any language that is used to incite or provoke others
  • any language that is malicious or disrespectful to others
  • any language or  subject matter deemed inappropriate by a teacher, staff, or administrator in this school setting (e.g., drugs, sexual content, etc.).

19. Students who leave personal belongings unattended, including in locker rooms, risk confiscation of the item and disciplinary consequence.

20. Students may not invite visitors to campus, including after 2:35, unless to participate in a formal school program or event such as student government, athletic competitions, or a musical performance.

21. If a teacher does not arrive to class within five minutes after the start of class, a single student should notify the Attendance Office.  In the meantime, the rest of the class must wait quietly until notified of the status of the situation.  Students who leave are subject to detention.

22. Personal laptops may be used only for academic work during school hours, 7:50-2:35, and in the library from 7:20-4:30.  Students may not check personal email (email may be used for academic purposes only), view DVDs, play music or games, be on nonacademic websites, etc.  The Technology Uses Policy and Code of Ethical Technology Use are in effect when using personal laptops at school.  Violations of this Code will result in disciplinary consequences, including the banning of the student’s laptop from campus.

23. Students walking into school must use the marked crosswalks and  may not exit vehicles on Lawrence Expressway.

Behavioral Contracts

In cases where there is a history of classroom behavioral problems or a serious behavioral infraction outside of the classroom, a behavior contract will be written stating expectations for behavior and signed by the student, parents, and appropriate school personnel.  Failure to comply with the stated conditions will result in Disciplinary Monitoring or dismissal from school.


Detention is assigned to students for tardiness, absenteeism, and minor offenses of school regulations.  Detention consists of written or physical work done during the school day, after school, or on Saturday.  For after-school detention, students must promptly report to the detention classroom by 2:45 PM.  Detention is a minimum of one hour in duration. For Saturday detention, students must report at the time and place assigned.  Saturday detention is a minimum of three hours in duration, usually 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Students must report for detention on the day assigned. Changing from the assigned day is done only with the approval of the Dean or Assistant Dean. 

A student who fails to submit a written detention on time is assigned two hours of detention and is not allowed to perform written detention for one year. Failure to report for detention a second time will result in four hours of detention.  Subsequent failures to serve will result in loss of attendance at extracurricular events (dances and other social events).  After the second extracurricular privilege is lost, the student is placed on Disciplinary Monitoring.

Off-Campus Behavior

Student behavior off campus is subject to school disciplinary action. Appropriate behavior is expected of all Mitty students at all times and in all places. This is especially true at school-related activities and events off-campus as well as a student's behavior and online prescence. Archbishop Mitty students are expected to represent the school well at all times and must comply with all civil laws. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from school.

Academic Integrity

Integrity is an important component of any educational experience and in all areas of life.  A component of personal integrity is academic integrity.  It is the right, privilege, and responsibility of each individual to contribute to and work in a community of trust.  A student’s integrity in his/her academic work is directly linked to his/her intellectual growth.  A high level of academic integrity is expected from all AMHS students in his/her classwork, homework, and examinations. 

Violations of academic integrity include cheating, plagiarism, and theft of academic materials.

“Cheating” means giving or receiving an unfair, dishonest, or deceitful advantage over others in school work.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • talking, using signs or gestures to communicate information or request information during an examination;
  • copying an assignment from another student or allowing another student to copy your assignment;
  • passing along examination information from one class period to members of another class period or to a student who was absent for the examination;
  • looking onto another student’s examination for information or allowing a student to look your work;
  • using notes in any form on a closed-book or closed-note examination;
  • submitting pre-written work when such work is supposed to be written in class;
  • exceeding time limits on timed examinations or assignments;
  • using unauthorized study aids, notes, books, data , or other information (including electronically-formatted information)
  • falsifying data (science labs, statistics, etc.);
  • “working together” on an assignment when individual work is required;
  • stealing copies of examinations; selling, copying, or letting others copy an examination.

“Plagiarism” means presenting as one’s own, the works, the opinions, the ideas, the arrangement of materials, or the thought pattern of someone else (including on the Internet) without proper acknowledgement.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • having a parent or another person write an essay or do a project which is then submitted as one’s own work;
  • failing to use proper documentation and works cited (bibliography) or fabricating a bibliography;
  • directly quoting a source without citation;
  • summarizing or paraphrasing another’s ideas or work without proper citation;
  • copying and pasting from the Internet without citation;
  • using a translator in World Languages.

Any incident of academic dishonesty is considered a violation of the school code of conduct.  Violations of academic integrity result in both academic and disciplinary consequences.  There are two types of infractions:  “violations” and “serious violations.” 

Students who incur “violations” receive a disciplinary consequence of varying hours of detention or possible Disciplinary Monitoring with detention.  Academic consequences involve receiving partial credit to “0” credit for the work (the amount of credit is agreed upon within an academic department).  Examples of “violations” are:

  • “working together” when individual work is required;
  • falsifying data;
  • copying another student’s homework assignment; providing your homework assignment to another student;
  • coming into examination with a small amount of written information/one formula;
  • several sentences not quoted or referenced in a paper;
  • using an online translator or information from an internet search for your World Languages course in one or more places;
  • asking someone how to say something you don't know how to say and turning in their words as your own.

Students who incur “serious violations” will be placed on Disciplinary Monitoring and receive multiple hours of detention or possible referral to the Student Review Board.  As academic consequence, the student may receive “0” credit for the work.  Examples of “serious violations” are the following:

  • giving your test to another student who needs to do a make-up test; obtaining another student’s test in preparation to take a make-up test;
  • signaling an answer during an examination or allowing another student to look onto your examination;
  • looking at another student’s examination or asking/signaling for information during an examination;
  • coming into an examination with a cheat sheet or formulas on a calculator;
  • using information from a stolen copy of an examination for personal benefit;
  • stealing a copy of an examination for personal benefit and/or distribution;
  • significant portions of a major paper or project lack citation;
  • a major paper or project contains a fabricated bibliography;
  • all or part of a major paper or project has been lifted off of the Intenet website or “paper mill.”

Repeated violations of academic integrity will result in more severe consequences.  Serious violations or repeated violations are subject to referral to the Student Review Board.

Contacting Students During the Day

The Main Office and the Attendance/Dean of Students Office do not take messages for students except in a medical or serious family emergency.  Doctor appointments, ride information, messages from employers, etc., are not considered emergencies.  In the case of an emergency, please call the Attendance Office, 342-4211.

Deliveries to Students

The following items should not be brought to school or sent via a florist for delivery to students, as they cannot be delivered:

  • lunches
  • P.E. & athletic equipment/clothing (make arrangements with student for after-school drop-off)
  • class or team snacks
  • birthday balloons/bouquets
  • holiday greetings:  Halloween, Christmas, St. Valentine, etc.
  • other personal celebratory or congratulatory items

The following academic items can be dropped off at the Main Office for student pick up:

  • textbooks/notebooks
  • homework/projects

     The parent is responsible for notifying the student about the dropped off item.