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School Discipline

State Profile - Iowa


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Drug use/possession
Iowa Code Ann. § 279.9
Iowa Code Ann. § 282.4
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Firearm/weapon possession
Iowa Code Ann. § 282.4
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. Alternative options exist for students at-risk of drop-out. Iowa Code Ann. § 280.19A
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession, drug use/possession. Iowa Code Ann. § 280.17A
Iowa Code Ann. § 280.24
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Iowa Code Ann. § 280.21
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.

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