Violation Action Level
Provocation  (verbal or nonverbal) Using language or gestures that may incite another person or people to fight 1
Recklessness 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.
Endangerment 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 no
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.
A fight is defined as a physical altercation in which both parties are willing participants who had one or more opportunities to deescalate 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 physical injury to another person; knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person.
3 4* 4
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, principal/assistant principal will grant an automatic waiver of the mandatory minimum, eleven-day longterm suspension normally used at this level for a first offense. (See Guidelines for Applying Consequences). 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.
report to law enforcement
Drug Violations 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.
Possessions Knowing exercise of dominion or control over an item.
Use The act of using or being under the influence.
Sale To transfer or exchange an item to another person for anything of value or advantage, present or prospective
Share To allow another person to use or enjoy something that one possesses
  *Principals/assistant principals will be granted an automatic waiver of the mandatory, minimum eleven-day longterm suspension normally used at this level for first-time offenders for possession or use of drugs or alcohol.  See specific guidelines for appropriate consequences above.
Violation Action Level
Use of Over the Counter Drugs

Tobacco Violation

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Medicines that may be purchased directly without a prescription from a healthcare professional. Inappropriate use includes any use other than that described on the packaging or recommended by a healthcare professional.

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.

Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which is 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


Unknown Drug

Substance Represented as an Illicit Drug
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, or 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.

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

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

Illicit Drug
Medicines obtained with the lawful prescription of a healthcare professional. Inappropriate use includes any use other than that described by the prescription.

Illicit drugs include dangerous drugs and narcotic drugs, marijuana, 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.

Possession or Use
Sale or Share
Mandatory report to law enforcement

Attendance Policy Violations (Out of School Suspension is NOT Permitted)
Violations 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.
Tardy Arriving at school or class after the scheduled start time 1
Unexcused Absence Missing school for an entire day with no acceptable excuse. 1
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.
Truancy Having an unexcused absence for at least one class period during the day (applies to students  aged 6-16) 1
Other Violations of School Policies
Violations Action Level
Dress Code Violations Wearing clothing that violates dress code guidelines stated by school or district policy 1
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. 1
Public Display of Affection Kissing or other inappropriate displays of affection. 1
Other Violation of School Policies and Regulations Committing some other violation of school or district policy or regulation. 1
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. A principal/assistant principal may treat a student swearing at a staff member as a Level 3 consequence where the circumstances demonstrate a lack of respect towards authority (rather than just the use of a curse word or words). 2
Defiance or Disrespect Towards Authority and  Non-Compliance Engaging in repeated behavior including, but not limited to, refusing to follow directions, talking back, or  engaging in socially rude interactions. 2
Contraband Possessing items stated in school policy as prohibited because they may disrupt the learning environment. 2
Combustible Possessing a substance or object that is readily capable of causing bodily harm or property damage. (e.g. matches, lighters). 2
Disruption 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. 2
Gambling Playing games of chance for money (or thing of value) or betting a sum of money  (or thing of value). 2
Negative Group Affiliation/Illegal Organization Engaging as a member or potential member of an anti-social organization, secret society, criminal street gang, or another 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. 3
Violation Action Level
Cheating 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.
Forgery Falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document, including hall passes and parent/guardian signatures 2
Lying Making an untrue statement with the intention to deceive or to create a false or misleading impression. 2
Plagiarism Stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one’s own, including material obtained online. 2
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 Code of Conduct. (see Policy JICJ)

NOTE: May be elevated to a Level 3 violation but cannot result in out of school suspension.

Examples: Use of telecommunication devices (cell phones, pagers, etc.) or other technology (gaming systems, iPods, iPads, Tablets, etc) for a non-instructional purpose.
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): Posting videos of fights onto social media, use of 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.
Violations Action Level
Trespassing 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. 2
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. 2
Vandalism of Personal Property Destroying or defacing personal property. 3
Vandalism of School Property Destroying or defacing school property.
Example: Destroying school computer records, carving initials or words in desk top, spray painting on walls, damaging vehicles.
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), or physical conduct of a sexual nature. 3
Pornography 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 3
Harrasement, Sexual with contact Committing sexual harassment that includes physical contact. 4
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.
Sexual Assault or Rape Intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person without consent of such person. 5
Mandatory report to law enforcement
Structure A building or place with sides and a floor used for lodging, business, transportation, recreation, or storage
Occupied Structure 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.
Property Anything other than a structure that is owned and has value of any kind (e.g., a backpack, school book,  clothing, etc.).
Damage 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 law enforcemenent 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 their property, or intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury. This may include threats or intimidation that occurs online or through  a telecommunication device. 2
Bullying 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. 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 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) 3
Harrasement, 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.
Hazing 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 Discipline Review Team
School Threat or Interference
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.
Violations   Action Level
Fire Alarm Misuse Intentionally ringing fire alarm when there is no fire. 4
Other Scool Threat (Verbal) Making a verbal School Threat 4
Bomb Threat Threatening to cause harm by using or threatening to use a bomb, or arson-causing device. 5
Expulsion required by law
Chemical or Biological Threat Threatening to cause harm using dangerous chemicals or biological agents 5
Expulsion required by law
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). 5
Expulsion required by law
Violation   Action Level
Petty Theft  Stealing cash, or property, valued under $100  
School Property of 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 defendant or placed in the defendant’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 defendant 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. 4
Extortion Knowingly obtaining or seeking to obtain property or services by means of a threat to 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 except as provided in paragraph 1 of this subsection.
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 as a public servant or cause a public servant to take or withhold action.
8. Cause anyone to part with any property.
Robbery 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. 4
Armed Robbery Committing robbery (see definition above) 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. 5
Mandatory report to law enforcement
Burglary First Degree Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure or yard or a nonresidential structure or in a fenced commercial with the intent to commit any theft or any felony therein) and knowingly possessing explosives, a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument in the course of committing any theft or any felony. 5
Mandatory report to law enforcement
Weapons and Dangerous Items, Possession of
Weapons and Dangerous Items, Possession of
See Policy JICI for more details on Weapons in School
Violation   Action Level
Dangerous Items Possessing a knife with a blade length of less than 2.5 inches, air soft gun, b.b.gun, laser pointer, letter opener, mace/pepper spray, paint ball gun, pellet gun, razor blade/box cutter, simulated knife, taser or stun gun, tear\ gas, firecrackers, smoke and stink bombs, gas, lighter fluid, and other dangerous items (anything that 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).
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 simulated 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.
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.
Firearms 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.
“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, and pellet guns.
Expulsion required by law
Mandatory report to law enforcement