State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - Oregon


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Drug use/possession
Harassment
Intimidation
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Profanity/vulgarity
Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students in grade 5 or lower may only be suspended out-of-school or expelled for violations related to physical harm, threatening behavior or legal requirements.
Length: Suspension is not more than 10 school days. Expulsion is not more than one calendar year.
Violation type: Students may not be expelled solely for attendance issues. Firearm/weapon possession does not apply to weapons instruction/approved courses.
Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: District school boards must ensure that discipline policies are designed to employ prevention and intervention strategies--including those that research shows are effective in promoting safe and productive social behavior. A student may be required to attend school during nonschool hours as an alternative to suspension. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Districts may allow students to make-up work upon their return from suspension. Alternative programs are available and districts must provide for the dissemination of information about those programs. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Or. Admin. R. 581-021-0065
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Firearm/weapon possession Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Expulsions due to firearm possession must be reported to the Department of Education. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.250

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