Connecticut’s school expulsion law provides for both mandatory and discretionary expulsions for out-of-school conduct. If a student is caught carrying a weapon, or selling or distributing illegal drugs, whether the activity occurs on or off school grounds, school boards must expel the student. For any other type of conduct, such as sexual assault, a school board has the discretion to expel a student from school.
To impose a discretionary expulsion for out-of-school conduct, the law requires a school board to show that the student’s actions not only violate a school policy but are also disruptive of the educational process. The Supreme Court of Connecticut has construed the phrase “disruptive of the educational process” to mean conduct that has a direct connection with the school and interrupts or seriously impeded the school’s daily operations.
If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.