State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Montana


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Violation of school rules
Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-201
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-202
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Expulsion is more than 20 school days without provision of educational services. Suspension is 10 school days or less.
Violation type: Firearm/weapon possession does not apply to weapons instruction/approved courses.
Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-202
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? Alternative educational services may be available to students who are suspended or expelled. Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-202
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-202
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Mont. Code Ann. § 20-4-302
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.

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