Part of the development of all middle-school and high school students is not only for them to learn how to constructively use their time, but also for them to learn the constraints on what is considered responsible behavior. We at IPC encourage freedom of thought, freedom of behavior, and the freedom to explore their own path - we want the river to run free - but with limits.
From more of a philosophical aspect, it's interesting to ask, "Who sets those limits and based on what criteria?"
To be honest, it's the administrative team that sets the limits. The criteria upon which those limits are based must be thoughtful. We at IPC have taken the route that there are certain behaviors that do not promote learning or understanding and we would be reneging on our responsibility not to direct our students toward a more constructive path. In that light, we take a dim view of cheating, plagiarizing, bullying, or showing disrespect.
We also feel it's important to give structure and consistency to things like how we set up our Houses, how we handle retests, and even our methodology for assessments.
We can all agree that from time to time, it is important to remind students that some behaviors are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. In terms of other behavior, it is important for them to know the structure.
With that in mind, here are the school policies for IPC.