State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - New Jersey

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Drug use/possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Unauthorized occupancy in school building
N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-2
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Firearm/weapon possession
N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-2.1
N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-8
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students in prekindergarten-2 may not receive an out-of-school suspension, with exceptions. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-2a
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: positive reinforcement, supportive interventions and referral services, remediation of problem behavior considering context and response to intervention. Districts must implement systems to identify students in preschool through grade two who are experiencing disciplinary problems and provide behavioral supports. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:6-135
N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-2b
N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:16-7.1
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Students removed for firearm/weapon possession must be placed in an alternative education program or provided with home instruction until placement is available. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-8
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession, assault, drug use/possession/sale. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-2.3
N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:37-9
N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:16-4.1
N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:16-4.3
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 18A:6-1
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Chief School Administrators must submit information on each incident of violence, harassment, intimidation and bullying, vandalism and drug offense to the Commisser of Education. N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:16-5.3

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