State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Alabama


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Electronic communications policy violation
Ala. Code § 16-1-27
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Ala. Code § 16-1-24.3
Ala. Code § 16-1-24.1
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Multi-tiered alternative program options are available. Ala. Code § 41-15B-2.2
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: drugs, alcohol, weapons, physical harm or threat of physical harm and violent disruptive incidents. Ala. Code § 16-1-24.1
Ala. Code § 16-1-24
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Ala. Code § 16-28A-1
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.

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