Goals of the code
The student code of conduct aims at achieving the Emirati school principles of enhancing students’ good manners and positive conduct, particularly the following:
- Building student positive behaviour in the school community
- Promoting and encouraging positive conduct and limiting violations and bad behaviour
- Providing a suitable educational environment to achieve the principle of comprehensive education
- Applying the principles and culture of encouraging and caring in society to minimise bad behaviour
- Promoting student and parent awareness of their obligations to keep self-control and good behaviour
- Providing a regulatory reference to deal with student behaviour
- Guaranteeing execution of proper mechanisms to tackle and protect from problem and behaviour violations
- Requalifying violating students behaviourally and educationally.
Scope of the code
The student code of conduct applies to all students of general education institutions, from grade 3 to 12 and students of continuing education.
Conduct as a school subject
Under this code of conduct, a student’s conduct at school is a subject, which reflects his scores in terms of morals and behaviour. It is like other subjects, subject to pass/fail evaluation. Conduct total grading points are 100, and granted based on the following two principles:
- Positive conduct: it is expected from all students to have positive behaviour without violations. A score of 80 per cent for positive conduct will be allocated automatically to each student at the beginning of every semester. In case of committing a violation, the proper procedure will be taken and penalty points will be deducted from that score according to the type of violation.
- Excellent conduct: it reflects great practices made by the student. A score of 20 per cent is allocated for excellent conduct.
The minimum expected score in conduct is 60 per cent. Students will be granted the chance to restore deducted points during the year by obtaining excellent conduct score or complying with positive conduct requirements.
Mechanism of violation penalty
Deduction from the conduct scores will be based on the type of violation as follows:
- First-degree (simple) violation: 4 points will be deducted
- Second-degree (fairly dangerous) violation: 8 points will be deducted
- Third-degree (definitely dangerous) violation: 12 points will be deducted
- Fourth-degree (severely dangerous) violation: student will be failed.
Rules for applying penalties
Violating students must be treated with full respect for their personal feelings and qualities as per the following rules:
- Avoiding cruelty, psychological abuse, offence, insult and mocking
- Not to generalise or apply a penalty to all students of the classroom or the school for a violation committed by one student
- Achieve justice and equality in dealing with the school students
- Not applying any penalty to the student without considering school’s responsibilities for required procedures
- Keeping the student confidentiality and privacy and avoiding any act of defamation.
According to the student code of conduct, school officers are prohibited from taking certain actions against students, which include the following:
- Corporal punishment of all types and forms
- Preventing student from having his/her meal
- Provoking or mocking the student
- Preventing the student from going to the toilet
- Restricting student freedom or holding him/her in the school
- Reducing or threatening to reduce the scores of school subjects.