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School Discipline

State Profile - Michigan


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Firearm/weapon possession
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1311
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1309
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Arson
Assault
Firearm/weapon possession
Sexual assault
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1311
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1310
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students below grade 6 are not subject to mandatory suspension/expulsion for physical or verbal assault.
Length: Distrcts are encouraged to implement a plan to reduce student suspensions and expulsions that exceed 10 days.
Violation type: Students may not be suspended or expelled for pregnancy.
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1301
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1310
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1311a
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 388.1767a
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: School boards must consider using restorative practices as an alternative or in addition to suspension or expulsion. Consideration must be given to graduated interventions and other context. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1310c
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1310d
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. The Office for Safe Schools must catalog existing alternative programs for expelled students. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to locate a program. The district may provide instructional services at home to those students not placed in an altnerative program. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1311
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1310
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Assault, Firearm/weapon possession Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1311a
Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1313
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1312
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? School boards must submit an annual report with data on expulsion and incidents of crime to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1310a

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