Student Code of Conduct

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District seeks to ensure a safe and orderly environment for every student. To make our schools the Centers of Excellence that we all expect them to be, we must ensure that students follow the Code of Conduct and display positive behavior in and out of the classroom. It is important that parents and students review the Student Code of Conduct. Doing so will help us achieve our goals to improve student achievement, create clean and safe school environments, and enhance student involvement. You can review the full Student Code of Conduct here 

What We Expect of Students' Personal Behavior

  • Students have the responsibility to reasonably avoid any behavior that is harmful to achieving their own or other students’ educational goals. Students must cooperate in taking reasonable care of books, instructional materials, technology, and participate in a climate where learning is cherished. Most particularly, students must refrain from engaging in behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct. 

    Respect For Staff

    Students have the responsibility of showing respect for the knowledge and the leadership of school staff. Students must follow reasonable directions; use only acceptable and courteous language; avoid actions that show disrespect and appeal decisions through the processes described in this code. Assaults on school staff will not be tolerated.

    Respect For Fellow Students

    Students have the responsibility of showing respect for the rights and human dignity of fellow students. For example, students must refrain from name-calling, fighting, harassment, or engaging in deliberate attempts to embarrass or harm another student.

    Attendance – On Time, Every Day, All Day

    All students are expected to be in school every day and on time for each class. All students are expected to be in their scheduled classroom before the tardy bell rings. All students have the right to be provided with equitable instructional time. Schools have the right to prevent students with excessive tardiness from interrupting the educational process of other students by delaying their class entrance until the most beneficial time for all students.

    School Ready Student Dress 

    All students, including students exempt from the student dress code, are expected to exemplify grooming standards in a manner that projects an positive image for the student, school, and district. 

    At the school’s discretion shirts shall be worn inside slacks with belts—at all times and by all students—unless the shirt is designed to be worn outside of the slacks or the pants are designed to be worn without a belt. 

    The District shall not require specific brands of clothing. All clothing items must be of an approved color from the common color selections presented in the dress code policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the Code of Conduct apply to staff?

  • How long can my student be suspended?

  • If my student gets suspended, can they make up work? 

  • How long do I receive make-up work if recommended for an expulsion? 

  • Can a student be expelled for one offense? 

  • Does DPSCD have a school to accommodate expelled students?

  • If my child is expelled from DPSCD can he/she attend another public school? 

  • Can I appeal an expulsion? 

  • Where is the Student Code of Conduct Office located?