Minor Problem Behaviors Definition

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Superstition High School Behavior Definitions

Minor Problem





Student engages in low-intensity instance of inappropriate language. Verbal messages that include swearing, name calling or use of words in an inappropriate way. Abusive language.

Dress Code Violation

Student wears clothing that is not within the dress code guidelines outlined in the student handbook, such as wearing a hat, hood up, pants low, clothes with offensive designs or writing, etc.


Student engages in brief or low-intensity verbal or non-verbal display of rudeness or discourtesy. Refusal to obey requests,

Example: arguing, tone of voice, eye rolling, talking back etc.


Student engages in low-intensity, but inappropriate disruption such as noises, rocking chair, tapping pencil, blurting out, yelling, out-of-seat behavior etc.

Failure to follow School Rules

Disregard to school-wide expectations. Examples: inappropriate voice, taking turns, bringing drinks other than sealed Gatorade or water, using cell phones during instructional time.

Minor Dishonesty

Student does not tell the truth or withholds information from staff.

Physical Contact

Student engages in non-serious, but inappropriate physical contact such as not keeping hands to self, playing roughly on playground, picking up others, public display of affection.

Property Misuse/Misuse of Technology

Student engages in low-intensity misuse of property such as writing on books, destroying school supplies or property, using computers/cell phone/video improperly, tagging.


Student engages in brief or low-intensity failure to respond to adult requests. Example: when asked to do something, student says "No, I don't want to."


Student engages in minor acts of stealing. Example: takes school supplies or personal items from another student or staff member.


Student falls asleep in class.


Student ditches class, does not go to assigned class or activity, is out of class without a pass or permission from a staff member, is out of class for an unreasonable amount of time. Misuses hall passes, is tardy to class.

Major Problem



Abusive Language

Student delivers verbal messages that include swearing, name calling, threats, sexual in nature, or use of words in an inappropriate way that is directed at someone.

Fighting/ Physical


Student engages in actions involving serious physical contact where injury may occur. Example: hitting, punching, throwing objects, etc.


Student engages in continuous refusal, to follow directions, talks back, and/or delivers socially rude interactions.


Student engages in continuous verbal or non-verbal displays of rudeness or discourtesy such as inappropriate gestures, arguing, yelling, etc.


Student delivers disrespectful messages (verbal or gestural) to another person that includes threats and intimidation, obscene gestures, pictures or written notes.


Repeated unwanted harassment and/or repeated unwanted instances of verbal/physical/emotional threats, name calling, put-downs and intimidation


Student is in possession of, having passed on, or being responsible for removing someone else's property without that person's permission.

Lying/ Cheating

Student delivers message that is untrue, plagiarism, cheating on assignment or test.

Failure to Follow School Rules

Repeated disregard for school-wide expectations.

Weapons/Dangerous Items

Student is in possession of knives or guns (real or look alike), or other objects capable of causing bodily harm, lighter


Student is in possession of controlled substance or paraphernalia, E-cigarettes, vapor pens, tobacco.


Student continues to sleep in class after multiple attempts to keep student awake


Student has excessive truancy that is causing loss of credit, leaving school grounds without permission, is repeatedly tardy.

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