The mission of the Dean’s Office is to promote and maintain the disciplinary codes of the school that are outlined in the student and parent handbook.
Disciplinary rules are adopted in order to foster an environment of mutual respect between students, their peers and members of the faculty and staff. Good conduct, courteous behavior and respect for the rights and property of others are pillars of the disciplinary code and ensure a safe, secure and efficient environment for all.
The role of the Dean is not strictly disciplinary. The Dean of Students plays a vital role in the day-to-day operation of campus life, making sure that students are mindful of their schedules, coordinating campus events and activities, and ensuring that all students are holding themselves to the highest standard. These duties, and so many more, contribute to the overall atmosphere of school, creating a campus culture that allows students to pursue their education in a supportive and protected environment.
A Palma student is expected to live and respond according to Christian values in both individual and community matters, as expressed in Palma's Integral Student Outcomes (ISOs). He is expected to demonstrate integrity and honesty in all of his work. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated at Palma. Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work by use of any dishonest means. Plagiarism is defined as the act of presenting ideas, words, or specific substance from another and offering them as one’s own work, without giving credit to the source.
Cheating and plagiarism represent a violation of mutual trust and respect. A student who cheats or plagiarizes will be confronted by his teacher or staff member along with the following consequences:
notification to parents and a possible penalty to student’s academic record (i.e. 0% on the assignment);
teacher will file a report with the Academic Vice Principal;
a filed report will trigger the student’s automatic disqualification for eligibility for certain awards during his senior year; and
the second incident of cheating or plagiarism may cause a student to be referred to an Academic Integrity Board hearing and may result in permanent expulsion from the Palma community.
The purpose of the Disciplinary Board is to:
provide a system that allows for teachers and students to work together to achieve academic integrity;
evaluate cases of reported cheating and plagiarism, and suggest consequences;
keep records of offenders; and
make recommendations to the Principal of consequences to the student and/or counseling for the student
The Dean of Students will determine the membership of the Disciplinary Board.
“Boys will be boys” may apply at some schools, but Palma’s brand of rules dissemination and reinforcement along with expectations of conduct makes our campus adage, “boys will be men.”
Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.