By Candice Nahigian
Most students on campus have heard a story about a student who signed the Code of Ethics because of his or her participation in a co-curricular activity, then made one mistake and was stripped of his or her co-curricular completely.
To some extent that type of disciplinary action is fair because students sign the Code of Ethics knowing the high expectation they’re held to while representing Clovis West.
However, the administration should consider a student’s positive contributions to the school when deciding punishments.
Students involved in co-curricular activities earned their way into the activity they represent. Varsity soccer players must work and train for several years before making the top tier team. A member of the orchestra must display his or her character as a reliable student, and must practice to earn a first chair.
All of these students made positive contributions to their activities, making a constructive impact on Clovis West.
It seems fair that if one of these individuals made one simple mistake, he or she should receive a punishment, but the punishment shouldn’t take away the student’s activity completely because that’s where all his or her positive contributions are made.
It’s wrong for the administration to believe that one who climbs higher will fall farther and land more bruised than any other student.
Involved students have made many differences on the campus and have served many hours representing CW well.
Students who sign the Code of Ethics have earned a certain level of trust based on their integrity and good reputation.
If not they wouldn’t be in a position to sign the document. However, students aren’t perfect, and regardless of any activity or leadership role they will still make mistakes.
It’s important for the administration to turn those mistakes into learning opportunities. Punishments should include a form of suspension from the activity and an apology.
However, instead of administration taking away someone’s activity completely, they should allow the student a probation period.
This would allow students to earn back trust from faculty and peers. If behavior is improved students could join their activity again.
Administration should consider the good qualities in students when deciding disciplinary actions, but also allow students to still make a difference on the campus.