State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Colorado


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Criminal behavior
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Firearm/weapon possession (imitation)
Theft/Robbery
Making a false accusation
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-106
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-105
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Criminal behavior
Firearm/weapon possession
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-106
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Suspension is no more than 5-10 school days, with exceptions. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-105
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline: Parents attend class with the student to avoid removal.
Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Discipline codes must include plans for the use of prevention, intervention, restorative justice, peer mediation, counseling or other approaches to address student misconduct. School districts are encouraged to consider context prior to suspension or expulsion.
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-109.1
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-106
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-105
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Educational services must be provided to expelled students. School districts must provide information on alternative to parents/guardians upon expulsion. Suspended students must be allowed to make-up school work for credit. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-203
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-105
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-109.1
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Boards of Education must annually report to the State Board of Education on the number of students expelled from schools within the district. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-105

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