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School Discipline

State Profile - New Mexico

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Criminal behavior
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Gang activity
Refusal to identify self
Sexual assault
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-5-4.3
N.M. Admin. Code
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-5-4.7
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Expulsion is removal exceeding 10 school days. Long-term suspension is removal for a specified time exceeding 10 school days. Temporary suspension is removal for 10 school days or less.
Violation type: Students may not be suspended out-of-school or expelled for truancy/attendance.
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-12-9
N.M. Admin. Code
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. Students suspended in-school for more than 10 school days must be provided with an instructional program. Students with disabilities who are determined to have brought a weapon to school shall be placed in an alternative education setting. N.M. Admin. Code
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-5-4.7
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-5-4.3
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.

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