Board Policies

Adoption Date: Aug 13, 1997






For the purposes of the application of Board policies governing disciplinary procedures, the following examples and/or definitions will be utilized in all cases resulting in suspension and/or expulsion.  The Board recognizes that this list is not all inclusive.  Examples may also be found in student handbooks at the elementary, middle, and high school level.


  1. Larceny - Theft.
  2. Malicious Mischief - Property damage.
  3. Robbery - Stealing from an individual by force or threat of force.
  4. Trespass - Being present in an unauthorized place or refusing to leave when ordered to do so.
  5. Unlawful Interference with School Authorities - Interfering with administrators or teachers by intimidation with threat of force or violence.
  6. Membership in Gangs - “Criminal Gang” means a group with at least five (5) members that specifically either promotes, sponsors, assists in, participates in, or        requires, as a condition of membership or continued membership, the commission of a felony or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, or the offense of battery.
  7. Restitution - Involves making amends for a loss, whether the loss is a result of time off task, inconvenience to others, damage to property, etc.
  8. Deadly weapon - as defined in IC 35-41-1-8
    1. a loaded or unloaded firearm; or
    2. a weapon, device, taser (as defined in IC 35-47-8-3) or electronic stun weapon (as defined in IC 35-47-8-1), equipment, chemical substance, or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury.
  9. Firearm - as defined in IC 35-47-1-5 Sec. 5. “Firearm” means any weapon that is capable of or designed to or that may readily be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosion.
  10. Vandalism - Attempted or actual damage, defacing or destruction of property not owned by the perpetrator(s) where labor and/or money is required to restore the property to its previous condition.
  11. Plagiarism - Stealing the language, ideas, or thoughts from another and representing them as one’s own original work.
  12. School-related activity - Any activity that is school-sponsored, athletic or otherwise.
  13. Controlled substance - Any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, or mood altering drug, or any intoxicant of any kind including alcoholic beverages.  Such term further includes marijuana and any other substance which is represented as being a controlled substance (look-a-likes), whether in fact such substance actually is a controlled substance.
  14. Dealing - Selling or sharing a controlled substance.
  15. Extortion, blackmail, or coercion - Obtaining money or property by violence or threat of violence or forcing someone to do something against his/her will by force or by threat of force.
  16. Arson - The intentional setting of fire.
  17. Assault - Physical threats or violence to a person.


* Possessing, Using, Selling, or Giving Away Weapons


            A weapon is any instrument which could be used to intimidate, inflict pain, or

            cause injury and includes the conscious act of:


1.      (possessing) - having in one’s actual and physical control

2.      (using) - employing or availing one’s self of a weapon

3.      (selling) - transferring the property, in the contract of sale

4.      (giving away) -transferring the property to another, any weapon such as a gun or knife.

5.      The possession of a pocket knife and mace are included within this infraction.

6.      The possession of live rounds of ammunition is grounds for expulsion.

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