What is the Law in Connecticut for School Expulsion?

by Joseph C. Maya on Apr. 08, 2024

Other Education 

Summary: What is the Law in Connecticut for School Expulsion?

"Under Section 10-233d of the Connecticut General Statutes, expulsion is an exclusion from school for a period of ten or more days. As with suspension, a student can be expelled by the local or regional school board if his or her conduct: (1) violates publicized policy; (2) seriously disrupts the educational process; or (3) endangers persons or property.

For actions which occurred off school grounds, not on school transportation vehicles, or not at any school-sponsored activity, the student’s conduct has to have both violated publicized policy and seriously disrupted the educational process. The local board can consider:

  1. whether the conduct occurred close to the school;
  2. whether other students or a gang were involved;
  3. whether the conduct involved violence, threats, unlawful use of a weapon, and any injuries; and
  4. whether the conduct involved the use of alcohol."

What conduct qualifies for “mandatory expulsion?”

"The Connecticut General Assembly enacted legislation mandating expulsion for students who have engaged in specific dangerous conduct. If a student possesses a firearm or another weapon while on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, the school must expel that student for no less than one calendar year under state and federal law."

"Building on the federal law, the Connecticut General Assembly requires mandatory expulsion for no less than one calendar year for a student in possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or martial arts weapon while on school grounds, subject to exceptions on a case-by-case basis."

"...the board must expel a student for at least one calendar year if the student is engaged in the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, irrespective of the amount, on or off school grounds."

Read more about the law on school expulsion in CT and other aspects of education law in our education publication here: https://mayalaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Education-Publication.pdf


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