State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Indiana

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Criminal behavior
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Firearm/weapon possession
Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-14
Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-16
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-16
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Suspension is up to 10 school days. Expulsion is the remainder of the school year. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-18
Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-20
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: counseling, parent conferences, community service. Grants are available for school wide training on alternatives to suspension and expulsion including classroom management, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, restorative practices and social-emotional learning. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-25
Ind. Code Ann. § 5-2-10.1-2
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Principals may require students to attend an alternative program. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-24
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-16
Is corporal punishment permitted? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? The Department of Education must compile information on suspension and expulsion, including the violation type and the ethinicity, general and disability status of students. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-19-3-4

© 2020 by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). All rights reserved. ECS is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education. 700 Broadway #810, Denver, CO 80203-3442

To request permission to excerpt part of this publication, either in print or electronically, please contact the Education Commission of the States’ Communications Department at 303.299.3636 or

Your Education Policy Team