Grosse Ile Township Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5611 - DUE PROCESS RIGHTS

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of safeguarding a student's constitutional rights, particularly when subject to the District's disciplinary procedures.

To better ensure appropriate due-process is provided a student, the Board establishes the following requirements:

 

A.

Students subject to short-term suspension:

     
   

Except when emergency removal is warranted, a student must be given oral or written notice of the charges against him/her, and, if he or she denies the charges, an explanation of the evidence supporting the charges and the opportunity to respond and provide his or her side of the story. Due process shall be provided prior to the implementation of a suspension. The principal or another building administrator shall provide the student due process and shall be responsible for making the suspension decision.

     
 

B.

Students subject to long-term suspension and expulsion:

     
   

When a student is subject to long-term suspension or expulsion, the student and the studentís parent or guardian (if the student is under eighteen (18)) must be given written notice of the charges against the student, a summary of the evidence supporting the charges, and an opportunity to appear with a representative before the Superintendent to answer the charges. The required notice and hearing shall take before the suspension or expulsion is imposed, although the student may be removed from school pending notice and hearing if the superintendent concludes that removal is in the best interests of the district. The student and/or his/her parent or guardian must also be provided a brief description of the student's rights to be represented by counsel or other representative and to call witnesses in the studentís behalf. The Superintendent decision to long-term suspend or expel a student may be appealed to the Board of Education according to the procedure described in Policy 5610.

The Superintendent shall establish procedures so that all members of the staff use the above guidelines when dealing with students. In addition, this statement of due process rights is to be placed in all student handbooks in a manner that will facilitate understanding by students and their parents.

Adopted 8/28/07
Revised 6/28/16