Student Discipline Hearings
Rules of Procedure in Hearings
Before the Board of Education on Suspension and Expulsion Matters
students' parents/guardians may request a hearing before the Board to
contest any suspension in excess of ten (10) school days. The request
will be addressed to the Superintendent who will review all matters
concerning the suspension.
may be expelled until this matter is reviewed in a hearing before the
Board of Education.
parent/guardian may represent their student or may retain an attorney
to act as a representative in the defense of the student. The
representative will have the right to present witnesses, question any
and all witnesses as herein provided, and make a statement and offer
exhibits on the nature of the evidence and disposition of the case. If
the parent/guardian elects to have the student represented by an
attorney at the hearing, the parent/guardian shall notify the
Superintendent of such representation at least twenty-four hours prior
to the scheduled time of the hearing.
the hearing, the parties, or their attorneys, may examine at the Board
Office the discipline report and all related records.
request of any party, the Superintendent shall submit for review at the
hearing the student's behavioral and academic record. If necessary, the
information contained in such record may be explained and interpreted
by a person trained in its use and interpretation. All parties shall be
instructed to respect the confidentiality of all such records and
hearing, the Board may consider a student's record of past disciplinary
actions, criminal court records, juvenile court records, and any
actions of the student which would be criminal offenses.
parties may present evidence concerning the charges and make such
showing by way of affidavits, exhibits, and witnesses as they may
desire. Before testifying, witnesses shall be sworn.
President of the Board of Education, or the Chairman of the designated
committee of the Board, shall have full charge of the hearing and shall
have the authority to direct its proceedings and to control the conduct
of all persons present in accordance herewith. Such authority shall
include the limitation of questioning that is unproductive, lengthy, or
irrelevant. The Board may invoke reasonable limitations on the number
hearing shall not be open to the public. In addition, the Board may set
reasonable limitations on the number of people present during the
The Board shall
also have the right to exclude any person or persons if it shall
determine that the hearing is being disrupted by any such person.
Hearings may be attended only by members of the Board of Education, the
Superintendent of Schools, the School Board attorney, the principal,
the student, the parent/guardian and their representatives. Witnesses
may be present only when giving information at the hearing. With
parent/guardian permission, the student may be excluded at times when
the student's psychological or emotional problems are being discussed.
shall be made of any information presented at the hearing. Statements
and other written matter presented shall be kept on file by the
As soon as
practicable after the hearing, the Board shall make its decision and
transmit the same in writing to the parties and the Superintendent.
Board or its committee shall decide by majority vote whether the
student has engaged in the misconduct charged by District
administrators. The decision will be based solely on the evidence
presented at the hearing and must include findings of fact on which the