State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Arizona


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Bullying
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Firearm/weapon possession
Harassment
Intimidation
Truancy/absenteeism
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-841
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-342
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-842
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-341
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession
Threat to educational institution
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-841
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Violation type: Students may not be expelled for excessive absenteeism until they are over the compulsory school age. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-841
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline: Community service Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-841
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Alternative education programs are available. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-841
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: possession of a firearm, drug possession/sale/manufacture, serious injuries or threat of serious injuries. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-341
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-515
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-843
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Districts must annually report to the Department the number of suspensions and expulsions that involve: possession, use or sale of an illegal substance. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-843

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