PUSD Student Discipline Matrix
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Nature of Offense OffenseRecommended Discipline
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Academic Misconduct/ Dishonesty:
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In addition to disciplinary action students may face academic sanctions, which may include but are not limited to; receiving a zero on an assignment, grade of “F” for a class, or withdrawn from the class during the academic year.
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Cheating:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise or assignment.
FirstStudent ConferenceShort-term Suspension
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Fabrication involves the falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise or assignment.
Subsequent
Written WarningLong-term Suspension
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Forgery:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Using the signature or initials of another person. FirstStudent ConferenceShort-term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningLong-term Suspension
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Lying:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Knowingly giving false or misleading information, including false accusations against FirstStudent ConferenceShort-term Suspension
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others with the intent to deceive.
Subsequent
Written WarningLong-term Suspension
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Plagiarism:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Using another's words, ideas, materials or work without acknowledging and documenting the source. Students are
FirstStudent ConferenceShort-term Suspension
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responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work and for acknowledging and documenting
Subsequent
Written WarningLong-term Suspension
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the source appropriately.
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Aggression
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Verbal Provocation:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Use of language or gestures to insult or humiliate another person or that may incite anotherFirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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person or people to fight.
Subsequent
Written WarningLong-Term Suspension
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Minor Aggressive Act:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Student engages in Non-serious but inappropriate physical contact, i.e., hitting, poking, pulling, or pushing.FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningLong-Term Suspension
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Disorderly Conduct:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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The intent to disturb the peace or quiet, make unreasonable noise, using abusive or offensive FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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language or gestures, makes a protracted commotion, utterance or display with the intent to prevent
Subsequent
Written WarningLong-Term Suspension
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the transaction of the business of a meeting, gathering, or class, or refusal to obey a lawful order to disperse.
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Recklessness:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Unintentional, careless behavior that may pose a safety or health risk to others.FirstStudent ConferenceLong-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningExpulsion
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Endangerment*:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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The reckless endangerment of another person that results in substantial risk of imminent physical injury or death.
FirstShort-Term SuspensionLong-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Short-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Fighting*:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence, where there is no major injury. FirstShort-Term SuspensionLong-Term Suspension
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Verbal confrontation alone does not constitute fighting.
Subsequent
Short-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Assault*:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Intentional or reckless causing of physical injury to another or touching another person intending to injure,FirstShort-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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insult or provoke. Including taking or attempting to take anything by force or threat of force and intentional use
Subsequent
Short-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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of a vehicle in a manner dangerous to person or property.
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Aggravated Assault**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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A person commits aggravated assault if the person commits assault as defined in A.R.S. §13-1203. This could include, but is not limited to:FirstLong-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Subsequent
Long-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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1) causing serious physical injury to another,
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2) use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument,
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3) a person eighteen (18) years of age or older commits the assault upon a child of age fifteen (15) years or under,
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4) commits an assault knowing the victim is a teacher or other person employed by any school and the teacher or other employee is upon the grounds of a school or grounds adjacent to the school or is in any part of a building or vehicle used for school purposes, or any 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.
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Kidnapping**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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The knowing restraining of another person with intent to hold the victim for ransom, as a shield or hostage, for
FirstExpulsionExpulsion
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involuntary servitude, inflict physical injury or place the person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical
Subsequent
ExpulsionExpulsion
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injury.
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Homicide**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Intentionally or recklessly causing the death of another person. Includes first degree murder, FirstExpulsionExpulsion
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second degree murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide.
Subsequent
ExpulsionExpulsion
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Other Aggression:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Other forms of aggression that may result in humiliation or personal injury to another person.FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningLong-Term Suspension
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Disruption of the Educational Process:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Interrupting, or creating a disturbance, or a commotion that impedes the educational process. The disruption
FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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could occur in the classroom or on campus.
Subsequent
Written WarningLong-Term Suspension
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Alcohol Violations:
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Distribution or Share**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Distribution or sharing, or intent to distribute or share alcoholic substances or substances represented as alcohol.
FirstShort-Term SuspensionLong-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Short-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Use or Possession**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Use or possession of alcoholic substances or substances represented as alcohol. This includes being intoxicated
FirstShort-Term SuspensionLong-Term Suspension
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at school, school-sponsored events and on school-sponsored transportation.
Subsequent
Short-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Sale**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Sale or intent to sell alcoholic substances or substances represented as alcohol. FirstLong-Term SuspensionLong-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Long-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Arson
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Of a Structure or Property*:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Damaging or attempting to damage structure or property by fire or incendiary device.FirstShort-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Subsequent
Long-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Of an Occupied Structure**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Damaging or attempting to damage an occupied structure by fire or incendiary device.FirstShort-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Subsequent
Long-Term SuspensionExpulsion
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Attendance Policy Violations
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Leaving School Grounds without Permission:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Leaving school grounds without following proper procedures to provide documentation to school officials FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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of permission from a parent/guardian.
Subsequent
Written WarningShort-Term Suspension
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Tardy:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Arriving at school or to a class within ten (10) minutes after the late bell.FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningShort-Term Suspension
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Truancy:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Ten (10) or more unexcused absences.FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningShort-Term Suspension
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Unexcused Absence:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Any absence for a class period during the school day that is not excused by the student’s parent/guardian FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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and approved by the appropriate school official.
Subsequent
Written WarningShort-Term Suspension
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Other Attendance Violations:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Violations of state, school district, or school policy related to attendance.FirstStudent ConferenceShort-Term Suspension
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Subsequent
Written WarningShort-Term Suspension
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Drug Violation: For purposes of these definitions and District policy, “drugs” shall include, but not be limited to: all dangerous controlled substances prohibited by law, any prescription or patent medication or over-the- counter medication, except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy, Hallucinogenic substances, inhalants,synthetic drugs, and anabolic steroids, medication or dietary supplement for recreational use, drug paraphernalia, or medication for which a student does not have a prescription.
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Distribution or Share**:
Occurrence
Range of Minimum Discipline
Range of Maximum Discipline
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Distribution or share, or intent to distribute or share, or manufacture of drugs. It also includes distribution, share,
FirstShort-Term SuspensionLong-Term Suspension
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