State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - New York

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
N.Y. Educ. Laws § 3214
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession N.Y. Educ. Laws § 3214
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Short-term suspensions may not exceed 5 school days. N.Y. Educ. Laws § 3214
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. Districts must ensure the provision of educational programming for students removed from the classroom. N.Y. Educ. Laws § 3214
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Harassment, bullying, discrimination, criminal behavior, firearm/weapon possession N.Y. Educ. Laws § 3214
N.Y. Educ. Laws § 13
N.Y. Educ. Laws § 2801
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 19.5
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Districts must annually report information on student discipline and violent or disruptive incidents to the Commissioner. A summary of this information must be included on district report cards. N.Y. Educ. Laws § 2802

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