SCHOOL LEVEL INVESTIGATIONS Policy Code: 4340
The board is committed to creating a safe, orderly environment for students and employees. Principals are authorized and responsible for investigating conduct that may violate a board policy, school standard, school rule or the Code of Student Conduct.
All employees and students, including students alleged to have engaged in misconduct, are expected to respond fully and truthfully to any questions or issues raised in the course of the investigation and any related proceedings.
Any student who has violated a board policy, school standard, school rule or the Code of Student Conduct must accept the consequences for his or her misbehavior. All consequences must be administered in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.
The school administrator shall take the following steps in addressing all cases of alleged misbehavior appropriately referred to his or her office:
- investigate the facts and circumstances related to the alleged misbehavior;
- offer the student an opportunity to be heard on the matter; and
- determine whether a board policy, school standard, school rule or the Code of Student Conduct has been violated.
If a violation has occurred, the school administrator shall implement an appropriate consequence in accordance with the school’s plan for managing student behavior, the Code of Student Conduct, or applicable board policy. Parents are to be notified and involved in accordance with policy 4341, Parental Involvement in Student Behavior Issues.
When the misbehavior may result in a suspension or an expulsion from school, procedures provided in related board policies also will apply. See policy 4351, Short-Term Suspension, and policy 4353, Long-Term Suspension, 365-Day Suspension, Expulsion.
A student with disabilities recognized by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be accorded all rights granted by federal and state laws and regulations (see policy 4307, Disciplinary Action for Exceptional Children/Students with Disabilities).
Legal References: Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12131 et seq., 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 300; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; G.S. 115C art. 9; 115C-47, -288, -390.4, -390.5, -390.6, -390.7, -390.8, -390.10, -390.11; Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, State Board of Education Policy GCS-D-000
Cross References: Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), Code of Student Conduct (policy 4303), Disciplinary Action for Exceptional Children/Students with Disabilities (policy 4307), Parental Involvement in Student Behavior Issues (policy 4341), Student Searches (policy 4342), Short-Term Suspension (policy 4351), Long-Term Suspension, 365-Day Suspension, Expulsion (policy 4353)
Adopted: August 8, 2011