The Ethical Code
The ethical code is a major social contract, agreed upon unanimously by the school community. This pact stems from our belief that the academic and personal integrity of every individual creates a quality school community. The ethical code is a corner stone of our school community, as it aims at providing an all embracing, supportive environment where members of this community assume responsibility for their accomplishments and share mutual love, trust and respect. Moreover, it is an environment that provides space for individuals to express their passions and opinions.
Articles of the ASG Ethical Code
An Ahliyyah student is one who is proud of the qualities she possesses. She is an empowered young woman who is civil, ethical, and confident in herself and her abilities. An ASG student is aware of her potentials and believes in her role as an authentic leader who has an impact on her family, society, and the international community. Articles of this ethical code state that an Ahliyyah student strives toward being:
• Loving, loyal, forgiving, truthful, honest, disciplined and emotionally balanced;
• Confident in herself, understanding of her abilities and potentials, respectful and caring for herself and others;
• Patient, reflective, organized in her thinking, able to face challenges and make well-informed decisions;
• Aware of her rights and duties, responsible for her behavior, decisions and studies, and dedicated to fulfilling her duties to the best of her abilities;
• Interactive, cooperative, ready to continuously learn and develop, co mmitted to the belief that change is inevitable and in line with innovation and renewal;
• An active listener who is open-minded and empathetic, respectful of diversity, transparent and bold in expressing her opinion in objectivity and able to employ diplomacy and mutual respect in dialogue;
• Genuine and creative, capable of embodying modernity while maintaining the spirit of her cultural heritage;
• Representative of good sportsmanship physically and spiritually, caring for her health in a well-rounded manner, and responsive to her environment;
• Devoted to her humaneness, Arab descent, and homeland, and expressing pride in her devotion while closely knitted to the fabric of her community while embodying this through her belongingness to her school;
• Dedicated in her efforts and knowledge to fulfill the human values and noble goals an Ahliyyah graduate stands for and represents.
The school expects every student to employ wisdom and self discipline when making personal and/or social decisions. Students are also expected to show awareness of school rules and regulations and abide by them in their conduct. School restrictions are to be respected, and well informed choices are the student’s responsibility as are assuming the consequences of their actions. All this is to take place under the umbrella of equality, fairness and impartiality.
Following are the set of regulations that facilitate managing our everyday affairs and dealings at school. We hope that they be taken in the spirit of care, which family members of our school community adjoin by.
The school expects every student to:
- Abide by school hours;
- Abstain from leaving school during study hours unless it is inevitable and the student receives written permission from administration to leave;
- Inform administration in writing when late for school, and obtain written permission from administration to enter the classroom;
- Submit a medical report when absent due to illness, and inform administration immediately so that measure may be taken to make up for lesson coverage and/or exam make-ups;
- Head for home after school and abide by her designated transportation means, where:
- Secondary school students who leave school on foot, by taxi, and/or with parents depart the school from gates 1 and 3.
- Elementary school students who leave school on foot, by taxi, and/or with parents depart the school from gate 5.
- A student must present a written permission from parent(s) to be allowed to leave school by a different means of transportation than the usual one. This document will be kept in student’s file.
Morning Line-up and Assemblies
Students are expected to abide by regulations concerning morning line-up such as maintaining order, standing in respect of the Royal Anthem, and listening carefully to morning broadcasts and announcements.
Students must respect their participation in assemblies and appreciate the efforts of others.
Students are expected to behave as follows inside their classrooms:
- Put in their utmost effort, showing self motivation
- Bear the responsibility of their learning without impeding the learning of others or hindering school processes and order.
- Attend classes on time, referring to administration when late.
- Follow class regulations in general, and class rules set by teachers in particular, where students will be referred to administration in the case of infringements.
- Use a pass card to leave class with the permission of the teacher (secondary school regulation).
- Manage time efficiently, particularly break time.
ASG Students’ External Appearance
An Ahliyyah School Student is expected to feel honored to have been born a female and her conduct must embody this. She is expected to be moderate in external appearance and emotional expression of herself. The School expects an Ahliyyah student to:
- abide by the school uniform (shirt, sweatshirt, trousers, white socks, shoes) during the school day, keeping in mind the following:
- students are allowed to wear sport outfits and tennis shoes when they have PE classes and/or training sessions after school.
- students are allowed to wear the white T-shirt with the school logo under their shirts during winter.
- students should refrain from wearing nail polish, make-up, accessories, and/or applying hair color. In addition, students must not wear sandals, hats, and/or colored jackets to school.
Academic honesty is the corner stone of ethical conduct concerning research. It enables students to value fairness in assessment, hence, working to their utmost potential.
Homework is a means of enhancing learning, and is used as an indicator of students’ understanding and progress. A student is expected to:
- Do her own homework without copying off from her classmates.
- Work individually when asked to do so.
- Tests and Exams:
Students are expected to:
- Bring all the equipment needed to perform a test/exam.
- Be honest and discrete in handling test/exam questions upon receiving them.
- Be honest in answering exams individually and refrain from copying or allowing others to copy off her paper.
- Refrain from any form of cheating.
- Abstain from illegally obtaining test/exam papers before they are due.
- Abide by exemplary conduct during test/exam sessions.
- Be present and on time for tests/exams and dates when homework is due.
- Research, Reports, and Papers
- Academic honesty compels us to document sources used in research. Each student is expected to abstain from:
- Copying whole sections without documenting their source.
- Summarizing or paraphrasing ideas of others without proper documentation.
- Plagiarizing research from periodicals or the internet.
- Asking and/or paying someone to do the research.
- Offering to give your research to others to benefit from for money or for free.
- Lab Reports
Although lab work may take place collectively and the data every student collects is shared, writing the lab report itself, including computations, graphs, and diagrams, must be done individually. Every student is expected to refrain from:
- Copying results of other peers.
- Corrupting the work of peers.
- Misrepresenting lab data.
- Library/ Media Center (LMC)
Misusing sources of information at the LMC may deprive others of the opportunity to benefit from them. Therefore, every student is expected to:
- Abstain from taking material without proper registry of material
- Abide by dates assigned for returning material
- Refrain from deliberately changing locations of material in LMC.
- Refrain from mutilating material and sources at LMC.
- Abide by proper use of electronic devices and/or internet.
- Computer Labs
Computers are provided to enhance student learning. Accordingly a student is expected to properly use and take care of equipment while using them, in addition to using the internet responsibly.
- Using Calculators
Calculators may be used in class only when the teacher gives students the permission to do so. Accordingly, each student should get her own calculator during exams/tests. Students are expected to:
- Use calculators approved by teachers only.
- Abstain from using a calculator as a means of cheating.
- Refrain from using programs in the calculator without teachers’ consent or approval.
Dealing with Members of the School Cmmunity
Students of ASG should:
ASG students are expected to:
- Employ dialogue to epxress rights and carry out duties, while refaining from acts that may cause physical and/or verbal harm
- Uphold proper daily conduct, whether inside the classroom or on the bus, for example:
- Treat others with grace and finesse when purchasing food form the canteen.
- Abstain from eating during classes and/or general assemblies.
- Handling Private and Public Property.
- Be responsible for their personal possessions at all times during the school day, including field trips and bus rides
- Respect the right of others to their personal possessions, and public property among which are school buildings and furniture
- Abstain from using cell phones during school hours, where phones will be confiscated by administration if spotted. Use of cell phones is totally prohibited in the Elementary School.
- School phones can be used after obtaining permission from administration
- Preplan needs for any extracurricular activities after school before hand
Caring for the School Environment and Cleanliness
ASG students are expected to:
- Maintain a safe learning environment by abstaining from any mischievous behaviors and abiding by school regulations.
- Inform administration of any behavior that may threaten her own safety and the safety of others.
- Appreciate and value the school’s cleanliness in addition to her personal hygiene and undertake these responsibilities in seriousness.
Safety and Security
- If late, students are expected to pass by administration upon entering the school (gate 2) and register their names to enable the school to monitor attendance properly.(Gate 1 of the Secondary School and gate 5 of the Elementary School close at 8:00 a.m.)
- Students are restricted to school grounds during training or activities, unless they have a written permission from administration to leave the school premises.
- Students are to leave school via buses or with parents when training and/or activities are over.
Break Time (Secondary School Students)
During breaks students are expected to refrain from:
- Using facilities of the Elementary School, Transportation Division, Finance Department, and/or Secondary School Administration unless they have permission from the Discipline Supervisor or an administrative staff member and only when an issue needs immediate attention.
- Sitting at gate 2, where students can sit on the benches without being stepping out of doors.(Secondary students only).
Students should abide by school bus timings as follows:
- Be prompt in waiting for the bus in the morning.
- Take full responsibility for missing the bus if late at the end of the school day.
- Sit in her assigned seat on the bus properly.
- Abstain from getting up in the bus while its moving and/or standing by the bus door during the ride.
- Keep hands inside bus windows and refrain from littering streets.
- Maintain cleanliness of bus during ride.
- Behave well and treat others with respect.
- Refrain from using bus tape recorder.
- Treat bus driver and assistant properly.
- Present a written permission signed by parents when needing to skip a bus tour and give it to Discipline Supervisor.
- Obtain written permission from parents when:
- Student needs to be dropped off at a different location.
- Students needs to stay at school after school hours, and be responsible for her own transportation to home afterward.
- Refrain from inviting guests to use school buses.
School Discipline Directives
Students of the Ahliyyah School for Girls are committed to their ethical code. They are responsible for implementing this code both inside and outside the school gates. If a student violates any of the articles of the ethical code, administration will unfortunately be obliged to apply the following school discipline measures:
- positive preventive measures will be used with students in the following cases:
- Being illegally absent form school
- Leaving the school during school hours without permission
- Smoking and/or found possessing cigarettes
- Violating school rules and regulations
- Disrupting class and/or other school activities.
- Using obscene language.
- Sabotaging school property.
- Being late for classes and/or school.
- Disregard school uniform.
- Other similar behaviors.
- the previously mentioned infringements are to be documented in the student’s personal file and shall be kept at school under the supervision of the homeroom teacher, the Discipline Supervisor, and administration. Parents are to be informed as well. Repetition of infringements may lead to preventing a student form joining any school activities for a specified amount of time.
- Detention is implemented as a means of enhancing and encouraging responsibility. It is defined as a specified period of time spent on a structured task that is beneficial to the school community. The student is informed by administration on the duration of the detention, location, and specified task(s). Parents are responsible for collecting their daughter from school. If a students fails to fulfill an appointed detention session, she will receive warning notice.
This punishment is recommended and set by the student’s homeroom teacher, the Discipline Supervisor, and administration in the following cases:
- The repetition of infringements mentioned previously.
- Upon possession of obscene and/or inappropriate publications or pictures inside the school.
- Upon possession of a sharp tool or any tool that can be used in violence.
- Participation in instigating chaos and obstructing the learning process.
- Embezzling and/or stealing the property of others.
- Cheating or violating the rules of academic honesty.
- Deceit and/or dishonesty with the deliberate intention of deceiving students or teachers.
- Deliberate use of physical or verbal violence against a peer and/or staff member.
- Disrespect of God, religious figures and/or holy books.
According to the regulations set by the Ministry of Education suspension till the end of an academic year my take place if a student performs one of the major Infringements listed bellow:
- Continuously repeating one or more of the previous violations and receiving a written warning due to that.
- Deliberately insulting a school member.
- Handling prohibited substances.
- Causing, or participating in causing, an assault to school property and/or stealing or tampering with school records and/or facilities.
In accordance with article 10, paragraph c, of the Ministry of Education Law number 3 for the year 1994, a student is expelled from school when the school discipline committee submits such a recommendation and it is backed by a commendation from the director of education and a decision from the Minister of Education. This may take place in one or more of the following cases:
- The repetition of any infringement mentioned in the third section.
- Committing an undignified act that is immoral and/or repelled by the public such as physical and verbal assaults, and instigating disorder.
- Assaulting teachers or workers at the school and/or participating in such an act.
- Deliberately harming a student using a sharp or solid object.
- Circulating prohibited substances such as drugs, alcoholic substances and/or opiates.
- Exposing the school to danger.
- Sabotaging school property and/or instigating sabotage individually or collectively.
Discipline Committee/ Secondary School:
Discipline committee members are:
- School Head or her deputy.
- Four staff members (teachers or counsellors) who are elected by the school staff at the beginning of every academic year.
- President of the Student council.
- The homeroom teacher of the student being disciplined.
- PTA member elected by the PTA committee, provided that s/he is not a school staff member.
The student’s parent(s) is/are notified in writing by the Head of the School of the decisions taken by the discipline committee, based on the regulations of the MoE.
Discipline committee sessions are held in accordance with the regulations of school discipline set by the MoE. Both the school and the student council must abide by these regulations
Issues pertaining to students are set before the school counsellor before being put in front of the discipline committee to estimate them. A detailed written report from the counsellor is handed to the discipline committee before holding any sessions.
Word of Honor
I hereby give my word of honor to be integral in all my thoughts and actions. By signing this document I am committed to abiding by the basic values of the school ethical code that are: trust, justice, respect, academic excellence, academic honesty, truthfulness, openness, responsible citizenship, and empathy.
I am responsible for upholding the ethical code and defending it to maintain an environment that is mainly characterized by integrity, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.