School Discipline Laws & Regulations by State & Category

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General Provisions

In-School Discipline

Out-of-School and Exclusionary Discipline: Suspension, Expulsion, Restraint and Seclusion, and Alternative Placements

Disciplinary Approaches Addressing Specific Infractions and Conditions

Prevention and Behavioral Interventions (Non-Punitive)

Monitoring and Accountability

School Resources and Safety Officers (SROs/SSOs) and Truant/Attendance Officers

State Education Agency Support



1 See also subcategory "In-school suspension" for additional information about the provision of academic work during periods of exclusion.

2 The U.S. Department of Education has provided a Resource Document on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. This document is available at:

3 The Federal Gun-Free Schools Act requires that each State receiving Federal education funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. § 7151) must have in place a law that requires local school districts to expel, for at least one year, any student who brings a firearm to, or possesses a firearm at, a school, unless the local school district’s chief administering officer modifies that sanction in writing, on a case-by-case basis. See ESEA § 4141(b)(1) (20 U.S.C. § 7151(b)(1)); see also Guidance Concerning State and Local Responsibilities Under the Gun-Free Schools Act, U.S. Dep’t of Educ., Jan. 2004 available at

4 See also subcategory “Reporting & referrals between schools and law enforcement” and major category “School Resource and Safety Officers (SROs/SSOs) and Truant/ Attendance Officers” for additional information regarding truant officers’ responsibilities and authority.

5 See also the “Prevention” and “State model policies and implementation support” sections for additional information about non-punitive policies related to bullying, harassment, and hazing.