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Due Process

As teachers and pupils are brought together so that learning may take place in our Jennings County classrooms, an environment which permits an orderly and efficient operation of the school must be provided. This environment comes through consideration and self-discipline so that individuals do not allow themselves to infringe upon the rights of others as they seek an expression for their own just and legal privileges as members of the school and society.

The responsibility for development and maintenance of this self-discipline falls to a combined effort of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and to our community which establishes the value system we promote. When self-discipline fails, however, regulations for management of school behavior must be outlined by those responsible for the operations of the schools. The Board of School Trustees of Jennings County has this legal responsibility for the school in which you are enrolled. The Board, in turn, has set policies and has appointed administrative officers to carry them out. Authority for such Board responsibility is included in the School Powers Act and Indiana Code 20-23-1-6 as amended by the Indiana General Assembly, and in the Policy Manual of the Jennings County School Corporation.

A breach of discipline may result in a reprimand, detention, corporal punishment, probation, referral to special personnel in the school, parent conferences, Saturday School, suspension, assignment to an alternative program or expulsion. So that you may be informed properly as to your own responsibilities and rights concerning school suspensions and expulsions, the following summary is provided for you and your parents:

The following is a brief summary of what is not allowed in our schools: Violations of these rules may result in suspension from school for 1-10 days and/or the recommendation for expulsion from our schools!
  • No drugs, no alcohol, no pills, no tobacco products, substances represented as any of these products, or any smoking substances or paraphernalia. (Refusal to do as directed, arguing, or talking back to school personnel.)
  • No insubordinate behavior of any kind.
  • No guns, knives, explosives or any type of weapon or item that maybe considered a weapon or represented as a weapon
  • No stealing, no violent behavior
  • No obscene language or profanity will be tolerated at any time
  • No threats, harassment, bullying or intimidation of any kind
  • No interfering with the safe, orderly operation of school
  • No tampering with school or other individual's property
  • No engaging in any activity forbidden by state law
  • No repeated violation of any rule or regulation
All of the above apply to all students on school grounds, bus stops, walking to and from school before, during and after school hours. This also includes all school activities on and off school grounds. This could be on a school sponsored bus, athletic event, field trip, or any other school related activity. Violation of these rules in connection with school personnel, on or off school grounds, will be grounds for suspension/expulsion.

Indiana Code 20-33-8, as amended by the General Assembly of Indiana, outlines in detail the procedures to be followed when a student is disciplined by expulsion or suspension. So that the rights of the student concerned are protected, a copy of this act is on file in the office of each Jennings County school building, and is available to students and parents upon request.


Recognizing that the behavior of some students may be so disruptive that it interferes with school purposes or educational functions of the school corporation, school officials may find it necessary to remove a student from the school. In this event and in accordance with the provisions of IC 20-33-8, the Board of School Trustees authorizes administrators and staff members to take the following actions:
  1. REMOVAL FROM CLASS OR ACTIVITY-TEACHER: A teacher will have the right to remove a student from his/her class or activity for a period of up to 1 day. The student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed in another school setting.
  2. SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL-PRINCIPAL: A school principal or designee may deny a student the right to attend school or take part in any school function for a period of up to 10 school days. Students may be assigned to Saturday school or after school detention.
  3. EXPULSION: In accordance with the due process procedures defined in this policy, a student may be expelled from school for a period no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester, with the exception of a violation of the Possession of a Firearm listed under the grounds for Expulsion. A student expelled from school may not enter school property or attend any school sponsored events during the period of expulsion.

  1. If a student is expelled or excluded from a school corporation under this chapter, the student may not enroll in another school corporation during the period of the expulsion or exclusion unless
    1. that student informs the school corporation in which the student seeks to enroll of the student's expulsion or exclusion, and
    2. the school corporation consents to the student's enrollment, and
    3. the student agrees to the terms and conditions of enrollment established by the school corporation.
  2. If a student fails to:
    1. inform the school corporation of an existing expulsion or exclusion order or determination, or
    2. follow the terms and conditions of enrollment under subsection (A)(3), the school corporation may withdraw its consent and prohibit the student's enrollment during the period of the expulsion or exclusion.
  3. Before a consent is withdrawn under subsection (B), the student must have an opportunity for an informal hearing before the principal of the student's school. At the informal hearing the student is entitled to
    1. a written or oral statement of the reasons for the withdrawal of the consent;
    2. a summary of the evidence against the student; and
    3. an opportunity to explain the student's conduct."
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