5131.8 - 1. Elementary and Secondary - C. Activities - (1) Conduct - (o) Out of-School Misconduct
Series 5000 - Students
1. Elementary and Secondary
(o) Out of-School Misconduct
Students are subject to discipline, up to and including suspension and expulsion for out-of-school misconduct. Out-of-school actions that will result in a mandatory expulsion for one calendar year (subject to modification in accordance with the statutes) include the following:
- possession of a firearm (as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921) in violation of C.G.S. 29-35,
- possession and use of a firearm, a deadly weapon, a dangerous instrument or martial arts weapon in the commission of a crime, or
- offering for sale or distribution “controlled substances” as defined in C.G.S. 21a-240.
Certain out-of-school misconduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion. Misconduct that is violative of a publicized district procedure and seriously disruptive to the educational process will result in disciplinary action. The school administration will consider these two factors in determining suspensions for out-of-school misconduct, and the Board of Education will consider these factors in determining expulsions in situations involving out-of-school misconduct.
Considerations will include, but not be limited to, disruptions such as the following:
- the school’s orderly operations,
- the safety of school property, or
- the welfare of the persons who work or study there.
The phrase “seriously disruptive of the educational process” means conduct that markedly interrupts or severely impedes the day-to-day operation of a school. In determining whether the misconduct is seriously disruptive of the educational process, certain factors that may be considered include, but are not limited to, the following:
- whether the incident occurred within close proximity of a school,
- whether other students from school were involved or whether there was any gang involvements,
- whether the conduct involved violence, threats of violence or the unlawful use of a weapon as defined in C.G.S. Section 29-38, and whether any injuries occurred, and
- whether the conduct involved the use of alcohol.
Some examples of misconduct that may result in suspension or expulsion would be making of a bomb threat or threatening physical harm to a student or member of the staff.
Further details of out-of-school misconduct can be found in the Board’s Discipline policy #5144.
||December 5, 2006
||SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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