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AZM Student Guidelines

 

Please read this carefully. You are responsible for abiding by the Student Guidelines. While most of the guidelines apply to boarding students, day students must also abide by all applicable guidelines.

 

HOUSING
Boarding students live in dormitory room(s). Two bunk beds accomodate four students in one room. Rooms are located in the SGM Center.

ROOM ASSIGNMENTS
In all room assignments, the Monastery reserves the right to reject all pref
erences and to assign students to rooms considered to be best suited to their needs.

The Monastery reserves the right to remove from student rooms any furnishings deemed to be unduly flammable or to be otherwise unsafe. The Monastery disclaims any responsibility for personal property of students. By the enrollment of a student at the Monastery, parents or guardians agree to hold the Monastery free from claims for any loss or damage whatsoever to personal property of any student. In view of this disclaimer on the part of the Monastery, parents or guardians are advised to add coverage on their own insurance policies for “property away from the premises” for students’ personal property.

FURNISHINGS, EQUIMENT AND CLOTHING
All rooms are furnished with beds, mattresses, pillows, bureaus, desks, desk chairs and desk lamps. Each student is provided with sheets, pillowcases and towels. Blankets are available upon request. Furniture other than SGM furniture is not to be installed. Heat-generating appliances are not permitted. Mercury thermometers are not permitted.

STUDENT MAILING ADDRESS

Address mail to the student's name, c/o Sufi George Mission, 11027 N 11th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85020.

OUT-OF-TOWN PERMISSION
Students must always take particular care to first obtain proper permission before leaving the Monastery. Out-of-town permission may be requested under special circumstances. For day trips within the Phoenix vicinity with a driver over 21 years old, out-of-town permission is not needed. However, students must inform the registration desk. For all other day trips and overnight weekend trips, out-of-town permission is required.

PROCEDURE
Students planning an out-of-town trip should first see their adviser, discuss plans and then fill out an Application for Out-of-Town Permission. Students always need specific written parental permission when going home or staying with their parents off campus. Students always need an invitation in writing from their host when visiting friends and relatives. This applies to grandparents and older siblings as well as to friends. All invitations must be specific to the date and may not be blanket. The invitation is required in addition to parental permission.

For day trips only, when no Monastery classes or check-ins are missed, teams and organizations under the supervision of a faculty member may leave without signing individual out-of-town permissions. Before departure, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to leave at the reception desk a list of students making the trip, along with the hours of departure and return. Unless otherwise informed, the Administration will assume that the trip has gone as scheduled and that all students are safely back.

MAINTAINING A QUIET ATMOSPHERE 

In order to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to study, residents should have regard for both the spirit and the letter of dormitory regulations designed to maintain the quiet conditions essential for study and sleep. 

OFF-CAMPUS CONDUCT

The Monastery’s interest in the conduct of students away from campus is the same as it is in their conduct on campus. The Monastery may hold students accountable for their off-campus conduct in appropriate ways, including a disciplinary response. 

STUDY HOURS  

Study hours are posted on the Calendar of Events. Students may choose any area they find comfortable for quiet study, if the area is not being used for another activity.

STUDY HOURS

Watching television, playing video games, viewing DVDs and videos, and streaming television programs not related to course work are prohibited during study hours. The faculty member on duty may grant exceptions to this rule on specific occasions.

All students should be in their rooms after 10:00 p.m.

SOUND AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT
Television sets are not allowed in dormitory rooms. Common room television sets may not be used during study hours except by permission of the faculty on each specific occasion. Computer video reception equipment is subject to rules governing television sets in common rooms.

VISITATIONS
The faculty recognizes that students need opportunities for socializing and for a degree of privacy. Dormitory visitations, however, are not intended for sexually intimate behavior.

At the convenience of the faculty member on duty, boys and girls may visit in one another’s rooms, with the door halfway open and the lights on, until 9:45 p.m. Unauthorized visiting by boys in girls’ rooms or by girls in boys’ rooms or any abuse of visitations may result in disciplinary action.

CARE OF STUDENT ROOMS
To ensure the safety and well-being of students and to comply with state and local fire regulations, the following section has been established. Violations of the following regulations could result in disciplinary action.

Students must not tamper with smoke detectors or fire alarm systems. Tampering with such systems is a violation of the law.

Administration will inspect student rooms based on the following list of fire and safety regulations: 

Candles, incense and other open-flame devices are not permitted.

Paper items may not be placed in any hallway.

Student rooms must be kept neat and orderly.

Large accumulations of paper and boxes are not permitted.

Decorations must not be hung over the bed or from the ceiling or attached to the ceiling. Care should be used in attaching items to the wall. Do not use nails, screws, tacks, staples or glue. Removable adhesive tape, hooks and hangers are permitted.

The following electrical items ARE allowed in student rooms: blankets, clocks, radios, computers, stereos, hair dryers (portable only).

Window curtains are permitted.

Pets are not permitted in student rooms.

Towels, pillows, sheets and other school property are not to be taken out of the dormitories. Dormitory rooms should be locked when not occupied. Financial charges for damages will be handled through the Administration Office. A student is liable for the damages to his or her room, whether or not it has been locked. Malicious damage to school property or buildings may result in disciplinary action.

ROOM INSPECTIONS
Monastery staff members may enter student rooms  for inspection, for health and safety purposes, and for disciplinary reasons. Such entry does not in and of itself constitute a room search. Investigation of a room’s contents beyond simple entry and observation is considered a room search, for which the approval of Administration is required.

Halogen lamps, high-intensity lamps and spotlights in which the bulb is tightly enclosed are prohibited. Bulbs in student lamps may not exceed a 60-watt rating.

ROOM SEARCHES
A search of a student’s room and possessions may be warranted if a member of the faculty has reason to believe that a disciplinary infraction or the existence of physical or other potential harm to the student or others will be discovered. The faculty member should present this request for a room and possessions search and the basis for the request to the Administration, which will decide whether a search should be made. An effort is also made to include the student whose room and possessions are being searched. A room and possessions search of a student may be undertaken at the discretion of the dean of students.

Bicycles must be stored in the garage.

Improvised partitions and bamboo or matchstick screens may not be used.

Paper and flammable plastic lamp shades may not be used.

Any freestanding item that impedes an exit route or that might be dislodged and create a blockage during an emergency is not permitted.

DAY STUDENTS 

The aim of regulations governing day students is to enable them to share in as much of the boarding experience as possible while recognizing their status as students who live at home. The behavior of day students must be that required of other Monastery students, and day students are expected to conform, as far as practicable, to the same regulations as boarding students.

Conduct of students away from campus is the same as it is in their conduct on campus. The Monastery may hold students accountable for their off-campus conduct in appropriate ways, including a disciplinary response.

When at home, day students are under the supervision of their parents. Parents of day students are strongly urged to encourage them to follow a program of check-in and study hours as near that of students living in dormitories as is consistent with family living. Day students are expected to be on campus by the check-in time of their class.

PLAY AREAS 

Students may relax and play games on the patio, in the yards, in the cul-de-sac, and the front deck, as well as in inside areas that have no scheduled activities.

Throwing water balloons or shooting water guns is not allowed across or near any town streets, or in the vicinity of the Monastery property.

BICYCLES
The hilly area surrounding the Monastery is great for bicycling.

At all times when riding a bike, students should remember that the safety of riders and pedestrians is paramount. Ride in control, and follow general bike and traffic safety rules. Students who ride recklessly will be held liable for injury or damage caused to others. Ride in control; bicyclists must always ride in a way that does not endanger or inconvenience pedestrians.

You are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet.

One person per bike.

Pedestrians have the right of way.

Follow traffic laws (for example, do not ride the wrong way on a one-way street, and ride with the traffic).

Walk your bike across crosswalks; in town, riding on sidewalks is forbidden by city ordinance. Some areas do have bicycle lanes.

Do not block the sidewalk with a parked bike.

Ride at night only if your bike has front and rear lights.

Ride with both hands on the handlebars; do not carry possessions in your arms.

Bikes should be locked when not in use. Please do not lock bikes to handrails or handicap rails.

PETITIONING TO MISS CLASSES
Students are expected to attend all required appointments, including classes and lessons. Exceptions are made for extraordinary circumstances not limited to but including a sibling’s wedding or graduation, special family events, and top-level academic or athletic competitions. Students must petition the Administration Office at least 10 days prior to the school day(s) missed.

DINING SERVICES

The residential program offers three meals a day, seven days a week. Vegetarian menus are carefully planned to provide nutritionally balanced meals. Organic foods are emphasized. Vegetarian diet includes fish, eggs, dairy products, and soy meat substitutes, and excludes beef, pork, and fowl.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Parents and sponsors are responsible for maintaining medical insurance coverage on their students and for providing the Administration with information regarding desired service providers in Phoenix.

TELEPHONE RESOURCES
Students are expected to have personal smart phones for making calls and texting, and for scheduling activities with alarm reminders.

INTERNET USAGE
Students and their parents should be aware that some of the material on the Internet is pornographic or otherwise objectionable. The Monastery cannot assume responsibility for limiting any student’s access to such material. The Monastery does not filter access to the Internet. As with other material available in print or on cable TV, parents should review their expectations with their children.

Students are expected to provide their own computers. On  the computers students bring to the Monastery, parents can install software such as CyberPatrol that limits access to sites. 

All students are provided with wireless network accounts, which allow them access to the Internet, a personal email account, SGM network resources, shared files, personal files and printing.

Individuals should be careful not to send personal information across the Internet and are encouraged to bring any questions that concern them about messages they receive or materials they view online to a faculty member.

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

PURPOSE
This policy defines and describes SGM's commitment to ensure the legal, ethical and appropriate use of technology resources at SGM, including, but not limited to, computer equipment, software, networks and voice systems.

The technology resources are provided to support the Monastery’s educational and business operations. Monastery technology resources are the property of Sufi George Mission; use of these resources is a privilege and not a right. Individuals who are provided access to Monastery technology resources assume responsibility for their appropriate use; the Monastery expects individuals to be careful, honest, responsible and civil, and at all times to be in compliance with all Monastery policies and with state and federal law.

Incidental use for personal purposes is acceptable, but must not negatively impact system performance, classes or SGM business.

RESPONSIBLE USE
Individuals who are assigned data and voice network accounts are solely responsible for how they are used. Individuals may not share or borrow accounts and passwords with others.

SCOPE
This policy applies to all users of SGM's technology resources. It applies to all software and hardware owned, leased or subscribed to by SGM. It also applies to all personally owned equipment that connects to SGM’s network.

Users may not access the personal or confidential accounts and files of others without permission. Users are prohibited from acting in ways that are unethical, illegal or invade the privacy of others.

AUTHORIZED USE
An authorized user is any person who has been granted authority by SGM to access its computing, network and voice systems. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

Users must maintain the confidentiality of SGM’s sensitive information and comply with SGM information security and privacy policies and with federal and state laws.

By accessing SGM’s network using SGM-owned or personally owned equipment, you have consented to SGM’s exercise of its authority and rights as set out in this policy with respect to any such equipment. Any communication, internal or external, must clearly identify the sender. Individuals may not send any type of message or represent themselves anonymously or under another name or identity. Altering electronic communications or any electronic presence to hide your identity or impersonate another person is prohibited.

Users are responsible for both the content and possible effects of their messages on the network. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, creating or propagating viruses, materials in any form (text, sounds, images, video) that reflect negatively on SGM, chain letters, inappropriate messages (including discriminatory or harassing material) and billable services.

Use of SGM’s technology resources or data for commercial purposes without prior authorization is not allowed.

Connecting any secondary physical network, including, but not limited to, modems, bridges, routers, wireless access points or other network devices, to SGM network without prior authorization is not allowed.

Use that is inconsistent with SGM’s nonprofit status is not allowed: SGM is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and is subject to specific federal, state and local laws regarding sources of income, political activities, use of property and similar matters.

Users must abide by all copyright and other laws governing intellectual property use. Users are prohibited from using SGM networks or equipment for the acquisition, storage or distribution of any digital content that they do not have legal right to use, including, but not limited to, copying and sharing software, images, music and movies.

Using SGM technology in any way that suggests SGM endorsement of any political candidate or ballot initiative is not allowed.

Users must adhere to all software license and software-as-a-service provisions. No software may be installed, copied or used on SGM equipment except as permitted by law.

Physical theft, rearrangement or damage to any and all SGM technology equipment, facilities or property is not allowed.

Users are required to keep updated virus protection software on their computers when connecting to SGM network. McAfee is provided by SGM.

Individuals are not permitted to make or attempt to make an audio or video recording or take photos of private, nonpublic conversations and/or meetings on the premises, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings, and, in the case of students, without the consent of the Administration. The use of undisclosed hidden recording devices is prohibited, as is the transmission and/or distribution of any such recordings or pictures.

Users should use caution when opening email attachments or other Internet files, which may contain malicious software. Any computer found to be infected with viruses or malware to the extent that it may negatively affect SGM resources will have access to networks services revoked until such viruses and/or malware have been removed and updated antivirus software has been installed. If a user knows or suspects that their machine has contracted a virus, he or she must notify Administration immediately.

Accessing SGM’s network or equipment to create, access, download, edit, view, store, send or print materials that are illegal, harassing, intimidating, discriminatory, pornographic or otherwise inconsistent with SGM’s stated rules and policies.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
Attempts to exploit, test or probe for security holes or weaknesses on SGM computers or networks.

Attempts to monitor, analyze or tamper with network data packets that are not explicitly addressed to your computer.

Use of SGM’s technology resources for any type of illegal activity.

Using a network address other than the one assigned by SGM.

SECURITY
Each user is responsible for the security and integrity of information stored on his or her computer or voice mail system. Computer accounts, passwords, security codes and other types of authorization are assigned to individual users and must not be shared with or used by others. SGM reserves the right to bypass such passwords and to access, view or monitor its systems and all of their contents. By accessing SGM’s systems, you have consented to SGM’s right to do so.

SGM may determine that certain broad concerns outweigh the value of an individual’s expectation of privacy and warrant SGM access to relevant systems without the consent of the individual. If there is reasonable evidence to suspect a breach has occurred or if the network is being compromised, the user account will be locked while SGM conducts a technical investigation.

SGM reserves the right to protect systems, software, individuals and contents of the network from potential or actual harm.

Users may not attempt to circumvent or subvert the security provisions of any system.

PRIVACY EXPECTATIONS
SGM’s network, voice and computing resources are the property of SGM. SGM will, to the extent possible, respect the privacy of all account holders on the network. However, SGM reserves the right to access, view or monitor any information or communication stored on or transmitted over the network, or on or over equipment that has been used to access SGM’s network, and it may be required by law to allow third parties to do so. Electronic data may become evidence in legal proceedings. SGM will participate as required in any investigation as directed by the Administration.

Users should exercise caution when storing, processing and/or transmitting personal and sensitive data.

ENFORCEMENT AND SANCTIONS
All members of the community are expected to assist in the enforcement of this policy. Violations of this policy may result in a variety of disciplinary actions, which may include the loss of computer, telephone or network access privileges or dismissal for employees and Requirement to Withdraw for students. Some violations may constitute criminal offenses as defined by local, state and federal laws, and SGM may initiate or assist in the prosecution of any such violations to the full extent of the law.

Any suspected violation of this policy should be reported immediately to the Administration.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY

SGM believes that the use of alcohol or other drugs by students interferes with healthy adolescent development. SGM also has an obligation to abide by state and federal laws and to require its students to do the same. If a student is discovered using, purchasing, possessing or selling alcohol or other drugs, the case will be treated as a major offense. In addition, students who choose to remain present when alcohol and other drug rules are being broken may be subject to major disciplinary action.

GENERAL SGM POLICIES ON HARASSMENT, ANDI-HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION 

COMMITMENT AND EXPECTATIONS

SGM is committed to providing a place where people can thrive. SGM thinks it is in the best interest of each individual and SGM that we dedicate ourselves to creating an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality and that is free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, intimidation, illegal discrimination and retaliation. These behaviors are demeaning to all persons involved; they are unacceptable conduct.

Legally protected status refers to certain categories of people that have been set forth under federal and state laws as legally entitled to protection from harassment and discrimination. These generally include the status of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin or disabilities.

Harassment refers to unwelcome conduct or behavior that is personally offensive or threatening and that has the effect of impairing morale, interfering with an employee’s or student’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

Examples of harassment include conduct or comments  that threaten physical violence; offensive, unsolicited remarks; unwelcome gestures or physical contact; display or circulation of written materials, items, or pictures degrading to any gender, racial, ethnic, religious, age, disability or other legally protected status; and verbal abuse or insults about or directed to any student, employee, other individual or group thereof because of their relationship to any of the groups listed above.

SGM expects all students, employees and members of the school community to conduct themselves in an appropriate and professional manner, with respect for the personal dignity of fellow students, employees and visitors. It is the responsibility of each member of our school community to demonstrate a basic generosity of spirit devoid of any expression of bigotry. Students, employees and visitors may come to SGM from many different backgrounds and cultures, including different races, religions, sexual orientations and ethnic ancestries. SGM encourages its members to seek to understand the differences and similarities among us and to appreciate the richness that such diversity provides to an educational community. Respect and understanding of the differences among people are important dimensions of education that continue throughout a lifetime. Harassment of any member of the school community by any other member of the school community or by vendors or visitors will not be tolerated.

SGM will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment of any kind or retaliation, whether intended or not.

Sexual Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational opportunity; (2) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work or educational environment.

Sexual harassment can include any unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct that is directed at or related to a person’s gender and that interferes with a person’s educational or working environment. Examples include, but are not limited to:

sexual gossip or personal comments of a sexual nature

sexually suggestive or foul language

sexual jokes

whistling or catcalling

forcing sexual activity by threat of punishment or offer of employment or educational reward

obscene or sexually suggestive graffiti

displaying or sending of pornographic pictures or objects

offensive touching, pinching, grabbing, kissing or hugging

restraining someone’s movement in a sexual way

spreading rumors or lies of a sexual nature about someone

demanding sexual favors 

Disability Harassment is based on a person’s actual or perceived physical and/or mental disability and includes, but is not limited to, name calling, making derogatory references to the disabling condition, imitating manners of speech and/or movement associated with the disability, or interfering with access to or use of necessary adaptive equipment or aides.

OPTIONS FOR RESPONDING IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN HARASSED, DISCRIMINATED AGAINST OR THE OBJECT OF RETLIATION

SGM seeks to achieve, through education, communication and mediation, a welcoming and respectful work and school environment free of hostility, intimidation, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination. A student, employee or other individual who has concerns should follow the guidelines described below.

Direct Communication. If you feel that you (or someone you know) has been the target of harassment or discrimination, or that someone is acting or speaking inappropriately and is making you (or someone you know) feel uncomfortable and/or angry, it may be possible for you to approach the individual, expressing your concerns as honestly and directly as you can, and request an end to the conduct. In situations involving faculty or other individuals in authority or perceived threats to circumstances of education, it may be advisable to seek advice before engaging in direct communication.

SGM considers it a violation of this policy for any member of the faculty, administration or staff to make sexual advances toward or engage in sexual conduct with a student. Each employee must exercise his or her good judgment to avoid engaging in conduct that may reasonably be perceived by others as harassment.

Seeking Advice. If you do not wish to communicate directly with the person whose behavior troubles you, or if direct communication does not work, you may consult any staff member for advice on next steps. 

Racial, Color and National Origin Harassment is on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived race, color or national origin and includes, but is not limited to, the use of nicknames emphasizing racial stereotypes; racial slurs; and derogatory comments or conduct directed at an individual’s manner of speaking, national customs, surname, ethnic characteristics or language.

Mediating a Resolution. If you think an intermediary may assist you in resolving the problem, you may ask any member of the Adminisration to seek a mediated resolution to the situation. In most cases, the process will consist of written communication or a mediated conversation between you and the person you feel may have harassed or discriminated against you.

Religious Harassment is on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived religion or creed and includes, but is not limited to, the use of nicknames emphasizing religious stereotypes; religious slurs; and derogatory comments or conduct directed at an individual’s religion, religious traditions, religious symbols or religious clothing. 

Sexual Orientation Harassment is on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and includes, but is not limited to, name calling, using nicknames emphasizing sexual stereotypes, and imitating physical characteristics or mannerisms associated with a person’s sexual orientation.

A Formal Complaint. If direct communication or the assistance of a mediator does not resolve the problem or was not pursued, you may also initiate a formal complaint about the incident. Students should report a complaint, preferably in writing, to the Administrator. 

Discipline and Penalties. Any individual who violates this policy by engaging in the prohibited conduct—harassment, discrimination or retaliation—will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. This may include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

WHAT SGM WILL DO IF IT LEARNS OF POSSILE HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION

If SGM receives a complaint of harassment or discrimination, or otherwise has reason to believe that harassment or discrimination may have occurred, it will take steps to ensure that the matter is promptly investigated and addressed. SGM is committed, and required by law, to take action if it learns of potential harassment or discrimination, even if the aggrieved party does not wish to formally file a complaint. Care will be taken to protect the identity of the person with the complaint and of the accused party or parties, except as may be reasonably necessary to successfully complete the investigation and take appropriate responsive action. If harassment or discrimination is found to have occurred, SGM will take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action. SGM also retains the authority to discipline or take corrective action for inappropriate conduct even if it does not meet the definition
of unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Students: Discipline may range from a warning up to dismissal from the school.

Employees: Discipline may range from a warning up to and including termination of employment.

Volunteers: Penalties may range from a warning up to and including loss of volunteer assignment or privilege.

Vendors: Penalties may range from a warning up to and including loss of school business.

Other Individuals: Penalties may range from a warning up to and including a denial of future access to school property.

SGM also reserves the right to impose additional responsive actions as may be appropriate to the circumstances.

Protection against retaliation or misuse of power.

Retaliation is also a very serious violation of this policy and should be reported immediately to the Administration. Retaliation against any individual for reporting violations of this policy, for participating in the investigation or for supporting a complaint will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.

REPORTING HARASSING COMMUNICATIONS

All members of SGM community are expected to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology. However, should any faculty member or student receive harassing communications of any kind, he or she should report this immediately to the Administrator.

CAMPUS SAFETY, EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PERSONAL SAFETY

FIRE SAFETY
SGM holds fire drills throughout the school year. The intent is to prepare the students in case a real emergency occurs. Two drills take place while students are asleep.

Fire Alarm Activation
Whenever a fire alarm system is activated (smoke alarm, security system alarm), the following measures are to be taken:

Close room windows and turn on lights.

Leave room door closed but unlocked.

Do not delay leaving in order to carry out property.

Evacuate the building; proceed to a designated area for attendance.

Leave the building as quickly as possible. Do not rush. Walk. Do not run.

Do not reenter a burning building. 

Under no circumstances is a faculty or staff member to shut off the alarm system or allow students to reenter the building. This will be done by the Fire Department, except during a planned fire alarm drill.

If there is no evidence of smoke or fire, notify a staff member to have the detector checked. 

Do not tamper with smoke detectors.

PERSONAL SAFETY 

Do not admit strangers into SGM property or into your room. 

Always walk in lighted areas when traveling after dark.

Always travel in groups after dark.

Do not take shortcuts behind buildings or through secluded areas.

Use care when crossing streets. Always use crosswalks. 

Do not go up on the roofs of school buildings. 

Report all suspicious persons and activities immediately to Administration.

DRUG-TESTING POLICY

When a student is suspected of being or having been under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, SGM will arrange for a drug test. A positive test (i.e., drugs detected) will simply become the subject of discussion with the student’s counselor and parents. Multiple positive tests suggest a chronic substance use problem and will prompt consideration of a medical leave of absence.

Results from drug tests performed by law enforcement officials or at medical facilities may also be shared with SGM officials, and, if positive, may subject the student to disciplinary action. However, any student who takes the responsibility to proactively seek help for his, her or another’s use of alcohol or other drugs will be supported in this effort, with a non-disciplinary response.

Failure to consent to testing, failure to show up for testing or evidence of attempted adulteration may cause a test to be presumed positive.

All costs associated with drug testing will be billed to the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

Arizona Regulations for Private Schools

Length of School Year/Days

To comply with the Arizona compulsory school attendance statute, private school students must attend school for the full time school is in session in the local school district. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-802B.2.

Curriculum

Every child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall attend a school and shall be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. The person who has custody of the child shall choose a public, private, charter or homeschool as defined in this section to provide instruction.‖  Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-802A.

If a student transfers from a private school to a public school then the public school must provide the student with a list that indicates which credits are accepted and denied by the school district. The student is allowed to take an examination in each course denied credit. If the student earns a passing score on a test designated by the school district that was evaluated by a teacher in the school district then that student will receive credit for the course. The governing board of the school district may recommend requirements regarding the acceptance of the credits of private school students transferring to public school. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-701.01G.

Recordkeeping/Reports

On enrollment, private schools must maintain a copy of reliable proof of the pupil's identity and age, e.g. birth certificate or baptismal certificate, in the pupil's file. Any inaccurate or suspicious affidavit must be reported to the local law enforcement agency. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-828A, C, E.

Within five school days after enrollment of a transfer, a school must request directly from the pupil's previous school a certified copy of the transcript's record with ―due diligence. Any school requested to forward a copy of a student’s record must forward it within 10 days unless financial debt is owed or the record has been flagged pursuant to section 15-829. If the record is flagged, the requested school must not notify the local law enforcement agency of the request and not forward the copy of the record. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-828 F.

By November 30 of each school year, private schools must report the following to the health department and the department of health services on forms provided: 1) the number of pupils immunized or who have submitted laboratory evidence of immunity; 2) the number of students with incomplete immunization; 3) the number of students exempt from immunization. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-874 D.

Parents enrolling students in private schools must file an affidavit with the county superintendent stating that the student is attending a school for the full time that the schools in the school district are in session and the name and address of the school that the child is attending. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15- 802B.2.

Before January 15 each year, the superintendent of public instruction must make an annual report to the governor and state legislature of the number of children attending private schools. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-255.

Health and Safety Requirements

Children are not allowed to attend school without submitting documentary proof of immunization to the school administrator, unless they are exempt under §15-873, or in the process of immunization. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-872.

The fire marshal is responsible for establishing programs for evacuating school buildings and instructing students in private schools on the importance of fire preventions and control. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§41-2165; 2163A.4.

Arizona requires students, teachers, and visitors in private schools to wear eye protective ware while participating or observing certain educational activities in vocational, technical, industrial arts, art or laboratory science. Private or parochial schools must equip their schools with the appropriate eye protective ware. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-151.

Arizona places additional criminal penalties on persons convicted of selling illegal drugs in a drug-free school zone. The administrative officer of a nonpublic school shall place and maintain signs identifying the school and its grounds as a drug-free school zone. Illegal drug transactions observed by school personnel must be reported. School records of alleged student violations must be made available to the peace officer upon written request.  Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §13-341.

 

FOR PARENTS WHO LIVE APART

SGM seeks to establish an efficient and productive communications process with a student’s parents. Generally, information about a student is available to both parents.
However, when a student’s parents indicate that they live apart, SGM designates one primary parent. Certain information and communication is made available only
to the primary parent. This includes, but is not limited to, information regarding acceptance to the school and permission and authorization forms. SGM assumes that the primary parent is the one who shares the same home address as the student (as indicated in the student’s file).

SGM will change its designation of primary parent only upon a written agreement, signed by both parents of the student, or by an order issued by a court having competent jurisdiction. Any questions regarding the designation of the primary parent should be directed to the dean of students.

RECYCLING GUIDELINES

Per City of Phoenix, SGM recycles all of the following: paper, newspaper, magazines, paperboard (cereal-box type), cans, glass and plastics. Aerosol cans that do not contain paint or pesticides may also be recycled. Separate trash containers for recyclables and food waste are provided.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs.

DO NOT throw spent or broken CFLs in the trash, as they contain a small amount of mercury and therefore must be recycled.

HVAC 

Do not change the air conditioning/heating thermostats. Consult Administration if you feel a change of temperature is needed.

 

Turn off water faucets snugly. Report any leaks or drips to Administration.

 

Limit showers to eight minutes or less. Turn off the water between wetting down and rinsing off. Turn off the sink faucet while brushing your teeth or washing.

SEXUAL INTIMACY

SGM recognizes that sexual issues are important in adolescence, and therefore provides education, counseling and support services to help students cope with all aspects of sexuality, including sexual identity and expression. We hope that the services offered will foster thoughtful decision-making and encourage students to postpone sexual activity. When students are found engaging in sexually intimate behavior, responses may include, but are not limited to, the following: conversations with the students involved, communication with the students’ advisers, referral to health professionals, and parental notification.

Students are reminded that sexual assault and rape need not involve coercion or force. According to Arizona state law, individuals under the age of 16 cannot legally give consent to sexual penetration (of any part of the body), which means that anyone who engages
in such acts with someone 15 or younger may be subject to prosecution for rape even if coercion or force is not present.

TUITION AND MANDATORY FEES 2016

ANNUAL TUITION CHARGES

Boarding $25,000

Day $15,000

Tuition is payable in full by January 1, 2016. Alternatively, monthly payments of $2500 may be made for the first ten months of the year.

By enrolling a student at SGM, the parent or guardian accepts the obligation for full payment of tuition and other charges for the entire year. A significant portion of SGM’s costs are committed at the beginning of the school year based on student enrollment.

 

TUITION REFUND POLICY

Parents will not be entitled to receive any refund of tuition or be released from the obligation to pay the full amount of annual tuition and fees for any reason.

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