CURTAILMENT OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR OFF-CAMPUS MISCONDUCT


VIII. CURTAILMENT OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR OFF-CAMPUS MISCONDUCT

    A.    Definition

            Under District Rule 5400.4, a student becomes ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities and attendance at any 
            extracurricular event on District property for the entire period that the student is excluded from school under short-term suspension, long-    
            term suspension, emergency exclusion, or expulsion. In addition, a student may become ineligible for participation in or attendance at 
            extracurricular  activities on District property for certain misconduct occurring off school grounds not at an educational function or event. 
            Students who are ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities will also be prohibited from attending extracurricular events that 
            take place on District property during the ineligibility period. 

    B.    Forms Off School Grounds

            The forms and information to be used in this section are for those cases where students are being disciplined for misbehavior off school         
            grounds.

    C.    Jurisdiction

            The student may be disciplined for misconduct occurring anywhere provided sufficient grounds are present.

    D.    Extracurricular Activities
    
             “Extracurricular activities” shall mean all athletic teams, activities, groups, clubs, homecomings, proms, dances, graduation ceremonies, 
              and all other organizations sponsored by or associated with the District, which are not part of the District curriculum.

    E.    Grounds

            One or more of the following types of misconduct must be present in order to discipline the student for misconduct off school grounds 
            not at an educational function or event: 

            1.    Possession of Drugs or Alcohol.    The use or possession of an illegal narcotic drug, drug paraphernalia, look-a-like substance, 
                   controlled substance, mood-altering or behavior-affecting substance, or alcoholic beverage, provided the student has received a 
                   citation by a law enforcement officer which involves the offense subject to this subsection or the student admits that he or she has 
                   violated this subsection.

                    a.    First Offense. Ineligibility period of nineteen (19) school days. Parents, at their own expense, may choose to participate in a 
                           District approved suspension reduction program. Successful completion of this program may reduce the curtailment of 
                           extracurricular activities a maximum of nine (9) school days (ten (10) school days curtailment of extracurricular activities).

                    b.    Second Offense. (Within one (1) year) Suspension from extracurricular activities for one (1) year.


            2.    Distribution of Drugs or Alcohol.    The dispensing, sale, or the intent to sell or dispense an illegal narcotic drug, look-a-like 
                   substance, controlled substance, mood-altering or behavior-affecting substance, or alcoholic beverage, provided the student has 
                   received a citation by a law enforcement officer which involves the offense subject to this subsection or the student admits that he or 
                   she has violated this subsection.

                   Sanction. Ineligibility period of one (1) year.


            3.    Physical Injury to District Employees, Volunteers, and Students.     
Causing or attempting to cause personal injury to any District         
                   employee, school volunteer, or to any student, provided the student has received a citation by a law enforcement officer which 
                   involves the offense subject to this subsection or the student admits that he or she has violated this subsection.

                   Sanction. Ineligibility period of remainder of the semester or nineteen (19) school days, whichever is more.


            4.    Sexual Assault or Attempted Sexual Assault.    Sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault any person, provided the 
                   student has received a citation by a law enforcement officer which involves the offense subject to this subsection, the student admits 
                   that he or  she has violated this subsection; or a complaint has been filed by a prosecutor in a court of competent jurisdiction alleging     
                   that the student has sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault any person.

                   Sanction. Ineligibility period of one (1) year.

            5.    Weapons.    Illegal possession or use of a weapon, provided the student has received a citation by a law enforcement officer which 
                   involves the offense subject to this subsection or the student admits that he or she has violated this subsection.

                   Sanction. Ineligibility period of one (1) year.

            6.    Theft/Larceny.    Committing a burglary or theft that constitutes a felony, provided the student has received a citation by a law 
                   enforcement officer which involves the offense subject to this subsection or the student admits that he or she has violated this 
                   subsection.

                    Sanction. Ineligibility period of one (1) year.

            7.    Repeated Offenses.    Two (2) or more offenses of one (1) of the above prohibited actions.

                    Sanction. Ineligibility period of one (1) year.


    F.    Procedures Required to be Followed

            To curtail extracurricular activities for off-campus misconduct, the principal or designee must complete the following four (4) steps:

            1.    Conduct an investigation of the misconduct.

            2.    Determine that the curtailment is necessary to aid the student, further school purposes, or prevent interference with the educational 
                   process.

            3.    Prior to the curtailment, give the student an oral or written notice of:

                    a.    The charges;

                    b.    An explanation of the evidence against the student; and

                    c.    An opportunity to present the student's version.

        4.    Within one school day or such additional time as is reasonably necessary following the decision to impose curtailment, send 
               written notice to the student and the student's parent(s) or guardian describing:

                    a.    The student's misconduct; and

                    b.    The reasons for the action taken.

    G.    Appeal

            1.    Curtailment for Ten (10) School Days or Less

                    If the student’s curtailment of extracurricular activities is ten (10) school days or less, there will be no right to an appeal.

            2.    Curtailment for More than Ten (10) School Days

                  Any student whose curtailment of extracurricular activities exceeds ten (10) school days may appeal the decision to the 
                  Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee by complying with the following procedures:

                    a.    Within five (5) school days of the date of the receipt of the written decision to curtail participation in extracurricular 
                           activities, the student, or the student’s parent or guardian, shall submit in writing to the Superintendent (or the Superintendent’s 
                           designee):

                            (1) A request to have the decision reviewed; and

                            (2) The reason(s) for the request.

                    b.    Any supporting evidence for the student’s appeal shall be submitted in affidavit form with the written request for review. The 
                           evidence may include evidence that the student did not give to the principal or principal’s designee when the student was 
                           given  oral or written notice of the charges.

                    c.    The Superintendent’s or Superintendent’s designee’s written disposition of the appeal will be mailed to the student, or the 
                           student’s parent or guardian, within five (5) school days of the Superintendent's (or Superintendent’s designee’s) receipt of the 
                           appeal. If the request for review is not submitted to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee in a timely fashion, the 
                           appeal shall be considered dismissed unless the student, or student’s parent or guardian, are able to show that exigent 
                           circumstances prevented the timely submission of the appeal. The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee may change, 
                           revoke, or impose the sanction recommended by the principal or principal’s designee; the Superintendent or Superintendent’s     
                           designee, however, cannot impose a sanction more severe than that recommended by the principal or principal’s designee.