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A new code of conduct is proposed to the Westbrook School Board

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- After serious questions about how the district handled underage drinking,

The Westbrook School Board voted Wednesday to make changes to its new code of conduct.

Principal of Westbrook High School Jon Ross says the new code will do a number of things, including put more responsibility into the hands of students instead of administrators.

Ross says instead of administrators proving a student was at a party with alcohol, it's up to the student to prove they weren't.

The new code also makes changes to consequences. It includes a menu of choices for treatment for students who violate the code, including community service and drug or alcohol counseling.

In the old code, a violating student had to be off the field for at two weeks and then not compete for two weeks.

This will get them back practicing with their team after a week, but rules about competing remain the same.

"Our thinking as a committee was the more time away from a team, the more time a student is at risk to perhaps get in some trouble," Ross says. "So by bringing them back a little earlier and allowing the treatment piece to be put into place, we think we have a winning situation."