State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Mississippi


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-19
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-18.1
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Membership in a fraternity, sorority or secret organization
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-18
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-43
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? Alternatives to discipline: parent/guaridan attendance at school for an agreed upon time.
Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Prior to exclusion, behavior modification plans must be put in place, including evidence-based practices and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Local school boards must incorporate state-recommended conflict resolutaion and mediation, positive behavior interventions and supports and evidence-based models into their district policies.
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-18.1
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-54
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-53
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Suspended or expelled students must be assigned to an alternative school unless they were expelled for firearm/weapon possession. Code Miss. R. 7.1
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: unlawful activity, firearm/weapon possession, drug use/possession, assault, rape, sexual assault and child sexual assault, murder, kidnapping. Miss. Code Ann. § 37-9-14
Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-29
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Miss. Code Ann. § 37-11-57
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? The Mississippi Department of Education must report disaggregated data at the state and district levels on suspension and expulsion. Code Miss. R. 30.4

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