Program Rules and Regulations for Students
Disrespect for teachers, school staff or visitors by students and staff at the school will not be tolerated. Disrespect includes behavior such as inappropriate tone or language, failure to listen to the directions of teachers or staff, or behavior thought to be antisocial or reckless in character. Examples of unacceptable behavior include: inappropriate jokes, ethnic/racial slurs, epitaphs or ugly language, negative comments about physical characters of another student or their academic ability, stealing, or using another's property without permission.
Acts of Violence
Acts of violence by students to themselves or toward fellow students will not be tolerated on campus or in the Mawlamyine community. Hitting, striking, and pushing students will not be tolerated. Likewise, any instances of bullying (repeated verbal or physical attacks of a person for hurtful reasons) will also not be accepted. Threats to hurt somebody or do something bad to another student will not be accepted.
If you tell the teacher that I stole a pen, I will hurt you….
That answer is so stupid, why do you have to say stupid things all the time?
Sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical, will not be tolerated on campus. This may involve making inappropriate jokes, using inappropriate words, inappropriate touch or other related behavior. Teachers and administrators should arrange for a sexual harassment workshop during the school year – ideally this should be scheduled into the first semester.
Because students will often be around children as part of teacher training, it is essential that they act in accordance with Child Protection. This includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse.
Damage to school property
The cost of damage to program property will be the responsibility of the students, parents or guardians. This means that students are financially responsible for paying of cost of damaged or destroyed goods or replacing the item themselves.
Program property includes: items in the classrooms, hostels, BHEEP office, kitchen and school motorbike.
Security and travel outside the BHEEP Campus/Student Leave
Students attending BHEEP Second Year are not allowed to attend University Distance Education (UDE) tuition while they are attending the Second Year Program. They will be given time to register for UDE classes at the end of the Third Trimester.
Students will not be permitted to return to their villages during the one-week break after the First Trimester. During this week the Program Coordinator will schedule relevant trainings for the students. The students are permitted to return to their villages during the two-week break after the Second Trimester.
If a student needs to return to their village for an emergency situation (family illness, death in the family, accident) or for a big event (weddings, funerals), they must notify the Program Coordinator firstly before making arrangements to go back. The Program Coordinator will then contact a family representative to ensure that an appropriate travel and leave plan is arranged. Any costs for returning to one’s village must be covered by the student. If a studend needs to remain in their village for an extended period of time (over one week), they must stay in regular contact with the Program.
Students who leave the campus for personal or school business need to be careful and responsible, wear helmets when driving motorbikes, etc... Valid reasons for leaving school: duties for the local community or monastery, visiting family or relatives, sickness/going to hospital. The following steps should be followed when students request to leave the school campus:
Step 1: Contact the Coordinator- Students must contact the Program Coordinator before they leave the school campus. They are required to tell her/him the reason they are going, where they are going to and where will they stay, how will they travel there, and when will they return to school. Students who leave the school on school business are the responsibility of BHEEP staff. Students who leave the school on personal business are responsible for themselves.
Step 2: Notify the Teacher- The Student Monitor or Program Coordinator should notify the teachers of the student’s absence and when the student will return.
Step 3: Absence and duties- Students who leave campus for whatever reason are still expected to fulfill all their responsibilities both inside and outside the classroom. Leaving school does not excuse the students from completing their homework and other duties, no matter how long they are away from the school. Students are responsible for completing deadlines and turning in assignments. It is their responsibility to discuss with the teacher how they will make up for the classes missed.
Culturally Appropriate Rules
Since the students at BHEEP Second Year are adults, the following rules have been adopted for the purpose of presenting a positive and respectable image of the BHEEP Year School to the Mawlamyine and Mon community.
No drugs are allowed in the house, no drug use is allowed on school grounds
No alcohol, (Including palm) are allowed at school and hostels
No smoking at the school and hostels
Boys should not visit girls’ dorms and vice versa
Student Motorbikes and Computers
Students are not permitted to bring their own motorbikes. Personal computers are allowed in BHEEP Second Year. If a student uses the motorbike for personal, non-school related reasons, they are responsible for any fines, cost of repair and damage that may occur. All steps should be taken to make sure that the motorbike cannot be stolen (this includes being careful about the keys, locking the wheel, communicating about who is using the motorbike). Irresponsible use of motorbikes will be decided by the Program Coordinator and BHEEP Staff.
If a student brings a personal computer, they are expected to follow the same rules as other students regarding use of the school computers. During staff orientation, these rules will be negotiated. This could include limitations on using social media, watching movies and listening to music. In the past, students have been responsible with their use of computers, but if teachers or staff believe that irresponsible computer use is affecting student performance, new rules may be drafted.