4000 - Students

4315 Disruptive Behavior

An orderly school environment is necessary for teachers to be able to teach and for students to be able to learn. Students are encouraged to participate in efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting school environment. Students also are entitled to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech as part of a stimulating, inviting educational environment. A student’s right to free speech will not be infringed upon; however, school officials may place reasonable, constitutional restrictions on time, place and manner in order to preserve a safe, orderly environment.

Principals and teachers have full authority as provided by law to establish and enforce standards and rules as necessary to create orderly schools and classrooms.


Students are prohibited from disrupting teaching, the orderly conduct of school activities, or any other lawful function of the school or school system. The following conduct is illustrative of disruptive behavior and is prohibited:

1. intentional verbal or physical acts that result or have the potential to result in blocking access to school functions or facilities or preventing the convening or continuation of school-related functions, including protests, marches, pickets, sit-ins or similar activities that have as their purpose the disruption of any lawful function, mission or process of a school in the system;

2. boycotts or walkouts of any lawful school function, mission or process at which attendance is required;

3. appearance or clothing that (1) violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school; (2) is substantially disruptive; (3) is provocative or obscene; or (4) endangers the health or safety of the student or others (see policy 4316, Student Dress Code);

4. possessing or distributing literature or illustrations that significantly disrupt the educational process or that are obscene or unlawful;

5. engaging in behavior that is immoral, indecent, lewd, disreputable or of an overly romantic, affectionate or sexual nature in the school setting, which may include, but is not limited to, hand-holding, hugging, kissing, fondling, exposing private body parts (genitals, buttocks, female breasts and genital pubic hair) and engaging in consensual sexual activities;

6. failing to observe established safety rules, standards and regulations, including on buses and in hallways; and

7. interfering with the operation of school buses, including delaying the bus schedule, throwing objects inside the bus or from the bus, tampering with or willfully damaging the school vehicle, refusing to obey the driver’s instructions, getting off at an unauthorized stop and willfully trespassing upon a school bus.


The disciplinary consequences for violations of this policy shall be consistent with Section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or designee shall list in the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences that may be imposed on a student for violations of this policy.

Legal References:
U.S. Const. amend. I; N.C. Const. art. I, § 14; G.S. 14-132, -132.2, -288.2, -288.4; 115C-47, -288, -307, -390.2
Cross References:
Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), Student Dress Code (policy 4316)
Monday, 13 June 2011
Last Updated:
Monday, 08 August 2011