Disciplinary Consequence Review/Appeal Process
The parent/guardian or student (if 18 years of age or older) may initiate a request for review of any disciplinary action. During the review process, the student continues to serve the disciplinary consequence unless and until it is overturned at one of the following steps. The steps in the review process are prescribed in the following manner:
- The Assistant Principal (for Categories I & II only)
- The Principal or designee
- The Superintendent or designee (Category III violations and discipline)
- The Board of Education (Category III violations and discipline)
A written request for a review of the disciplinary action must be submitted for each step within two (2) days of the administrator’s decision at each level. All request(s) for review must state the reason for the review and the adjustments in discipline being requested. Reasons for review might include:
- Due process not followed
- Discipline contradicts procedures/policies
- Additional evidence surfaced
- Evidence/issues/mitigating factors not considered
Students and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to speak to the matters noted above to the administrator during the appeal.
Only Category III code violations may be appealed beyond the Principal’s level to the Superintendent’s level and to the Board of Education. An appeal to the Board of Education must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent’s Office within five (5) calendar days of the Superintendent or his/her designee decision.
The Board of Education will determine whether or not to hear the appeal. The Board of Education may refer a matter to an independent hearing officer; the Board may limit the jurisdiction of the hearing officer to the determination of whether a) due process has been afforded and/or b) policies and procedures were followed. The decision of the Board will be communicated in writing to all parties concerned by the Board Secretary.
Category III violations may be appealed beyond the Superintendent’s level to the Board of Education. If the Board of Education determines the matter should be assigned to an independent hearing officer, the Board may limit the jurisdiction of the hearing officer to the determination as to whether a) due process has been afforded and/or b) policies and procedures were followed.