State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - South Carolina

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Arson
Criminal behavior
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Inappropriate use of technology
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Sexual assault
Trespassing or unlawful assembly
Threat to educational institution
Violating school rules
S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-210
S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-279
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-235
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Violation type: Students may not be suspended for purchase of a lottery ticket. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-150-250
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: For certain offenses, students may be referred to an intervention team to establish behavioral management strategies, which may include restorative justice, counseling and service learning projects in addition to an appropriate disciplinary action. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-279
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? The state encourages the establishment of alternative school programs for students with behavioral and academic problems. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-1300
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: criminal behavior, assault, extortion, threat of the use of a destructive device, firearm/weapon possession, sexual offenses, vandalism, theft, arso, drug sale/possession, illegal use of technology. S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-279
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-63-260
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Not specified in statute or regulation.

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