Violation Action Level

Provocation (verbal or nonverbal)

Using offensive language or gestures that may incite another person to fight.



Engaging in unintentional, careless behavior that may pose a safety or health risk for yourself or for others.


Minor Aggressive Act

Engaging in intentional, non-serious but inappropriate physical contact such as, but not limited to: hitting, poking, pulling, pushing, tripping, pulling a chair out from underneath another person, or other behaviors that demonstrate low level hostile conduct.



Recklessly putting self or another person at substantial risk of imminent death or serious physical injury through acts such as, but not limited to: rock throwing, skateboarding on campus, etc.


Physical Conflict

Other Aggression
Using other acts of aggression not specifically listed within the Aggression section including, but not limited to, intentional, serious and inappropriate physical contact including, but not limited to, any example listed under "Minor Aggressive Act" that may result in a serious physical injury.
Examples: hair pulling, pushing, slapping, etc.

A fight is defined as a physical altercation in which both parties are willing
participants who had one or more opportunities to de-escalate the situation, leave the situation, or notify a school official of the potential fight prior to making the decision to participate, and where the circumstances present a threat to safety because of the number of participants or the intensity and violence of the conduct.

Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing any serious physical injury to another person; knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult, or provoke such person.




Involves serious and inappropriate physical contact.

Includes "fighting" where the circumstances do not present a threat to safety.

Similar conduct not meeting the definition of Other Aggression shall be treated as the level 2 offense of "Minor Aggressive Act."

*Due to the mutual involvement of participants, principals/assistant principals will grant an automatic waiver of the mandatory minimum, ten-day long- term suspension normally used at this level for a first offense. See guidelines for fighting on page 7, Level 4, above.

Similar conduct not meeting the definition of Fighting shall be treated as the level 3 offense of "Other Aggression."

Involves one person acting against another.

Similar conduct between mutual participants shall be treated as the level 4* offense of "Fighting."

Aggravated Assault

  1. Causing serious physical injury to another.
  2. Using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  3. Committing the assault by any means of force that causes temporary but substantial disfigurement, temporary but substantial loss or impairment of any body organ or part, or a fracture of any body part.
  4. Committing the assault while the victim is bound or otherwise physically restrained or while the victim's capacity to resist is substantially impaired.
  5. Committing assault and the person is in violation of an order of protection.
  6. Committing the assault knowing or having reason to know that the victim is any of the following: teacher or any school employee on school grounds, law enforcement officer, prosecutor, firefighter, EMT/Paramedic engaged in official duties, on grounds adjacent to the school or in any part of a building or vehicle used for school purposes, teacher or school nurse visiting a private home in the course of the teacher's or nurse's professional duties or any teacher engaged in any authorized and organized classroom activity held on other than school grounds.

Mandatory report to lawenforcement


Drug Violation

Unlawful use, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance or equipment, and devices used for preparing or taking drugs or narcotics. Includes being under the influence of drugs at school, school-sponsored events, and on school-sponsored transportation. Includes over- the-counter medications if abused by the student.


Knowing exercise of dominion or control over an item.


The act of using or being under the influence.


To transfer or exchange an item to another person for anything of value or advantage, present or prospective.


To allow another person to use or enjoy something that one possesses.


*Principals/Assistant Principals may grant an automatic waiver of the mandatory, minimum ten-day long-term suspension normally used at this level for first time offenders for possession or use of drugs or alcohol. See specific guidelines for appropriate consequences on page 7, Level 4, above.

Violation Action Level

Inappropriate Use of Over-the- Counter Drugs

Medicines that may be purchased directly without a prescription from a health care professional. Inappropriate use includes any use other than that described on the packaging or recommended by a health care professional.


Tobacco Violation

The possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco products on school grounds (including any device or substance that delivers nicotine such as e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, vapes or vape pens, and hookah sticks), at school-sponsored events, and on school-sponsored transportation.


Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter.



Possession or Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Sale or Share. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Alcohol Violation

The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of intoxicating alcoholic beverages or substances represented as alcohol. This includes being intoxicated at school, school-sponsored events and on school-sponsored transportation.



Inhalants include medications, anesthetics, and other compounds in vapor or aerosol form, taken by inhalation. This does NOT include e-cigarettes or hookah sticks, or items such as markers, glue, etc.


Unknown Drug

If a drug is identified, after an investigation, a different violation may be identified.


Substance Represented
as an Illicit Drug

A substance that is not an illicit drug but that is represented as, and could be perceived as being, an illicit drug.



Possession or Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



Sale or Share. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Inappropriate Use of Prescription Drugs

Medicines obtained with the lawful prescription of a health care professional. Inappropriate use includes any use other than that described by the prescription.

Mandatory report to law enforcement

Illicit Drug

Illicit drugs include dangerous drugs, narcotic drugs, marijuana (or derivative thereof), and peyote as defined by A.R.S. § 13-3401, and appearing in any form, including seeds, plants, cultivated product, powder, liquid, pills, tablets, etc. (including any device or substance that delivers an illicit drug such as e-cigarettes, vapes or vape pens, wax pens, and edibles).

  Possession or Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


  Sale or Share. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Attendance Policy Violations (Out of School Suspension is NOT Permitted)
Violation Action Level

Other Attendance Violations

Examples: leaving school without signing out in the main office; leaving school at lunch without a pass; obtaining a pass to go to a certain place and not reporting there; becoming ill and going home or staying in the restroom, instead of reporting to the nurse's office; or coming to school but not attending classes.



Arriving at school or class after the scheduled start time.


Unexcused Absence

Missing school for an entire day with no acceptable excuse.


Leaving School Grounds without Permission

Leaving school grounds or being in an "out-of-bounds" area during regular school hours without principal or designee permission.



Having an unexcused absence for at least one class period during the day (applies to students aged 6-16).


Other Violations of School Policies
Violations Action Level

Dress Code Violation

Wearing clothing that violates dress code guidelines stated by school or district policy.


Parking Lot Violation

Displaying inappropriate behaviors involving a motor vehicle including, but not limited to, unsafe driving in the parking lot, parking in unauthorized areas, parking in fire lanes or disabled persons space/area, parking in two or more parking spaces with one vehicle, excessive audio or radio sound, blocking driveway or access, and/or littering.


Public Display of Affection

Kissing or other inappropriate displays of affection.


Other Violation of School Policies and Regulations

Committing some other violation of school or district policy or regulation.


Inappropriate Language (verbal or nonverbal)

Delivering verbal or nonverbal messages that include swearing, name calling, or use of words or gestures in an inappropriate way.

Pursuant to the requirements set out in Guideline #4, above, a Principal/Assistant Principal may, but is not required to, elevate the Action Level for a student swearing at a staff member where the circumstances demonstrate a lack of respect towards authority (rather than just the use of a curse word or words).


Defiance or Disrespect Towards Authority and

Engaging in repeated behavior including, but not limited to, refusing to follow directions, talking back, or engaging in socially rude interactions.
Pursuant to the requirements set out in Guideline #4, above, a Principal/Assistant Principal may, but is not required to, elevate a student engaging in defiance/disrespect towards a staff member as a Level 3consequence where the circumstances demonstrate a lack of respect towards authority (rather than just the use of a curse word or words).



Possessing items stated in school policy as prohibited because they may disrupt the learning environment.



Possessing a substance or object that is readily capable of causing bodily harm or property damage (e.g. matches, lighters).



Engaging in behavior causing a substantial interruption in a class or activity including, but not limited to, loud talking, yelling, or screaming; noise with materials; throwing objects; or out-of- seat behavior.



Playing games of chance for money (or thing of value) or betting a sum of money (or thing of value).


Negative Group Affiliation/Illegal Organization

Engaging as a member or potential member of an anti-social organization, secret society, criminal street gang, or other set of individuals that are not sanctioned by the Governing Board and which are determined to be disruptive to teaching and learning. This includes wearing of symbolic apparel, making gestures, writing on and marking of property, or altering of personal appearance to symbolize membership in an organization with a history of, or determined to be, a disruption to teaching and learning.


Violation Action Level


Sharing with another, or taking from another, intellectual property for the purpose of deceit or fraud, or taking or stealing intellectual property from another with or without their knowledge and presenting it as the student's own.



Falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document, including hall passes and parent/guardian signatures.



Making an untrue statement with the intention to deceive or to create a false or misleading impression.



Stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one's own, including material obtained online.


Technology, Improper Use of
Violation Action Level

Telecommunication Device or Other Technology

Students may possess and use cellular telephones and/or other electronic signaling devices subject to limitations of this and other policies of the District under the following conditions and guidelines:
(1) they are to be kept out of view in a student's locker, pocket, or a carrying bag; (2) they shall not be turned on or used during instructional time, except as authorized by the teacher; (3) the principal shall establish additional guidelines appropriate to campus needs; (4) students violating the policy may have the electronic device confiscated and be subject to disciplinary action. Any search of the contents of an electronic device shall be by a Principal/Assistant Principal in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct (see Policy JICJ).
NOTE: May be elevated to a Level 3 violation if it involves an intention to cause harm to another person.
Examples: Use of telecommunication devices (cell phones, pagers, etc.) or other technology (gaming systems, iPods, iPads, Tablets, etc.) for a non-instructional purpose, including posting videos of fights onto social media or posting images of school community members in a manner intended to cause harm to another person.


Computer or Network Violation

Examples (Computer): Using school computers for non-instructional purpose, copyright or trademark infringement, knowingly uploading or downloading destructive or malicious programs or software, loading personal software or disks onto school computers without permission of a Principal/Assistant Principal or a District Administrator, vandalism of computers or computer equipment.
Examples (Network): Using computer network for non-instructional purpose, knowingly uploading or downloading destructive or malicious programs or software, sharing passwords, attempting to read, delete, copy, or modify the email of other users, accessing secure areas other than for educational purposes, transmitting material information or software in violation of any district policy or regulation, local, state, or federal law or regulation, or tampering with or misuse of the computer networking system or taking any other action inconsistent with this regulation will be viewed as a network violation.
NOTE: May not be elevated to Level 4.


Trespassing; Vandalism or Criminal Damage

Criminal Damage

Willful destruction or defacement of school property, commercial property located on school property, or personal property of another person, so as to substantially impair its function or value in an amount of five thousand dollars or more. Principals/ Assistant Principals may consider acts of vandalism that result in damages exceeding $5,000 in value at a Level 4.
Example: Substantial destruction of copy machines, vehicles, science or computer equipment.

Violation Action Level


Entering or remaining on a public school campus or school board facility without authorization or invitation and with no lawful purpose for entry. This includes students under suspension or expulsion and unauthorized persons who enter or remain on a campus or school board facility after being directed to leave by the Principal/Assistant Principal or designee of the facility, campus, or function.


Graffiti or Tagging

Writing on walls; drawings or words painted or sprayed on walls or other surfaces that can be easily removed with soap or cleaner.


Vandalism of Personal and/or School Property

Destroying or defacing personal or school property.
Examples of Vandalism: Carving initials or words in desk top, spray painting or painting on walls, damaging vehicles, breaking windows.

*Principals /assistant principals shall consider restitution as a restorative act, and may use exclusionary discipline on a first offense in cases that pose a threat to school safety (up to and including a three-day suspension). Examples: disabling fire alarm


Sexual Offenses
Sexual Offenses
Violation Action Level

Harassment, Sexual

Making unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, graphic, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Sexual harassment can include nonverbal forms (e.g., "sexting," tweeting, or otherwise sending messages through networking sites and/or telecommunication devices).



Possessing or providing sexually explicit and obscene depictions of persons, in words, or images. Examples: viewing and/or sharing nude or sexually-charged images (non-art, non-educational) of people in books, magazines, electronic devices, or on the internet; using an electronic device to send or receive nude images, partially-nude images, or images that are sexual in nature ("i.e. sexting"), or drawing nude images, partially-nude images, or images that are sexual in nature that have no redeeming educational value.


Harassment, Sexual with contact

Committing sexual harassment that includes physical contact.


Indecent Exposure or Public Sexual Indecency

Engaging in sexual acts or public sexual indecency.
Examples: Public urination, streaking, masturbation, "peeping tom" (including taking photos or videotaping), exposing another student's private parts, or engaging in intercourse or oral sex.


Sexual Assault or Rape

Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of such person.

Mandatory report to law enforcement



A building or place with sides and a floor used for lodging, business, education, transportation, recreation, or storage.


Any structure in which one or more persons is, or is likely to be, present or is so near as to be in equivalent danger at the outset of the fire or explosion. This includes any dwelling house, whether occupied or not.


Anything other than a structure that is owned and has value of any kind (e.g., a backpack, school book, clothing, etc.).


As used here, means a tangible or visible impairment to a surface.

Reckless Burning

Recklessly causing a fire or explosion resulting in damage to a structure, wild land, or property.

Violation Action Level

Arson of a Structure or Property

Knowingly and unlawfully damaging a structure or property by knowingly causing a fire or explosion.

  • Burning one's own property is not arson, except for burning one's own property with the knowledge that it will ignite another's property or a structure (but may, where appropriate, be considered reckless burning).


Arson of an Occupied Structure

Knowingly and unlawfully damaging an occupied structure by knowingly causing a fire or explosion.

NOTE: Principals/Assistant Principals may consider acts of arson that are only reckless (as opposed to knowing or intentional), or that damage property with a value under $100 at Level 3. Please see the definition of Reckless Burning above.

Mandatory report to lawenforcement and fire department

Harrasment and Threat, Intimidation
Violation Action Level

Threat or Intimidation

Indicating, by words or conduct, the intent to cause physical injury or serious damage to a person or property, or intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. This may include threats or intimidation that occur online or through a telecommunication device.



Intimidating students by the real or threatened infliction of repeated physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted, or emotional abuse, or through attacks on the property of another, or when such act(s) interfere with the authority of the school system to maintain order. It may include, but not be limited to actions such as verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, including ethnically based or sex or gender-based verbal put-downs, and extortion of money and/ or possessions. Bullying can be physical in form (e.g., pushing, hitting, kicking, spitting, stealing); verbal (e.g., making threats, taunting, teasing, name-calling); non-verbal/ cyber-bullying (e.g., text messages, email, social networking-such as, but not limited to "Twitter"); or psychological (e.g., social exclusion, spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships). Knowingly submitting a false report of bullying shall subject the student to discipline.


Harassment, Nonsexual

  1. Anonymously or otherwise communicates or causes a communication with another person by verbal, electronic, mechanical, telegraphic, telephonic, or written means in a manner that harasses.
  2. Repeatedly commits an act or acts that harass another person.
  3. Surveils or causes another person to surveil a person for no legitimate purpose.
  4. On more than one occasion makes a false report to a law enforcement, credit, or social service agency.
  5. Stalking/following another person in or about a public place for no legitimate purpose after being asked to desist.

NOTE: Bullying and sexual harassment are types of harassment. Indicate harassment, nonsexual if the violation is not specifically bullying or sexual harassment, or if the specific type of harassment is not known.



Committing an act against another student, in which both of the following apply:

  1. The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization (athletic team, association, club, or other similar group that is affiliated with the school and whose membership consists primarily of students enrolled at the school that is affiliated with an educational institution) affiliated with an educational institution.
  2. The act contributes a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation, or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.

* Principals/Assistant Principals may treat incidents of hazing at a Level 4 in consultation with the Student Relations Department.


School Threat or Interference


A School Threat occurs where a student uses words or actions to place students, staff, or school property guests in apprehension of harm, or to interfere with or disrupt an educational institution.

Violation Action Level

Fire Alarm Misuse

Intentionally ringing a fire alarm when there is no fire, or misuse of a fire extinguisher.


Other School Threat (Verbal)

Making a verbal School Threat.


Bomb Threat

Threatening to cause harm by using or threatening to use a bomb, or arson-causing device.

Expulsion required by law

Chemical or Biological Threat

Threatening to cause harm using dangerous chemicals or biological agents.

Other School Threat

Making a School Threat that might reasonably lead to the evacuation or closure of a school property or to the postponement, cancellation, or suspension of any class or other school activity (though actual evacuation, closure, postponement, cancellation, or suspension is not required).

Violation Action Level

Petty Theft

Stealing cash, or property, valued under $100.


Theft –
School Property or Non-School Property


  1. Controls property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property; or
  2. Converts for an unauthorized term or use services or property of another entrusted to the student or placed in the student's possession for a limited, authorized term or use; or
  3. Obtains services or property of another by means of any material misrepresentation with intent to deprive the other person of such property or services; or
  4. Comes into control of lost, mislaid, or misdelivered property of another under circumstances providing means of inquiry as to the true owner and appropriates such property to the person's own or another's use without reasonable efforts to notify the true owner; or
  5. Controls property of another knowing or having reason to know that the property was stolen; or
  6. Obtains services known to the student to be available only for compensation without paying or an agreement to pay the compensation or diverts another's services to the person's own or another's benefit without authority to do so.


Burglary or Breaking and Entering

Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on the personal property of another, a classroom, a residential structure or yard, or a nonresidential structure, or in a fenced commercial property with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein.



Knowingly obtaining or seeking to obtain property or services by means of a threatto do in the future any of the following:

  1. Cause physical injury to anyone by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  2. Cause physical injury to anyone.
  3. Cause damage to property.
  4. Engage in other conduct constituting an offense.
  5. Accuse anyone of a crime or bring criminal charges against anyone.
  6. Expose a secret or an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject anyone to hatred, contempt, or ridicule or to impair the person's credit or business.
  7. Take or withhold action or cause a public servant to take or withhold action.
  8. Cause anyone to part with any property.



Taking any property of another from their person or immediate presence and against their will; threatens or uses force against any person with intent either to coerce surrender of property or to prevent resistance to such person taking or retaining property.


Armed Robbery

Committing robbery (see definition above) where such person or an accomplice: (1) Is armed with a deadly weapon or a simulated deadly weapon; or (2) Uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or a simulated deadly weapon.

Mandatory report to law

Burglary First Degree

Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure or yard, or a nonresidential structure, or in a fenced commercial property with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein. Knowingly possessing explosives, a deadly weapon, or a dangerous instrument in the course of committing any theft or any felony.

Mandatory report to law

Weapons and Dangerous Items, Possession of


Violation Action Level

Dangerous Items

Possessing a knife with a blade length of less than 2.5 inches, air soft gun, bb gun, laser pointer, letter opener, mace/pepper spray, paintball gun, pellet gun, razor blade/box cutter, simulated knife, tear gas, firecrackers, smoke or stink bombs, gas, lighter fluid, or other dangerous items (anything that under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used s readily capable f causing death or serious physical injury).

Mandatory report to law enforcement if under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.


Simulated Firearm

Possessing a simulated firearm made of plastic, wood, metal, or any other material which is a replica, facsimile, or toy version of a firearm.
If the imulated firearm is used to threaten or intimidate, the violation will be considered a level 4.


Other Weapons

Possessing a billy club, brass knuckles, knife with a blade length of at least 2.5 inches, nunchakus, taser, or stun gun.

Mandatory report to law enforcement if under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used the item is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.



No student shall knowingly carry or possess on their person, within their immediate control, or in or on a means of transportation a firearm without authorization by a school Principal/ Assistant Principal.

Expulsion required by law
Mandatory report to law enforcement


"Firearm" means any loaded or unloaded handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other weapon that will expel, is designed to expel or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Firearm does not include a firearm in permanently inoperable condition.


"Other Firearms" Firearms other than handguns, rifles, or shotguns including:–any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of any explosive; the frame or receiver of any weapon described above; Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; Any destructive device, which includes: Any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas: Bomb; Grenade; Rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces; Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, Mine or similar device. Any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter. Any combination or parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.


NOTE: This definition does not apply to items such as toy guns, colorful plastic water guns, cap guns, bb guns, or pellet guns.

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