Oregon - Firearms/Weapons on School Campuses: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Area: 
Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law complies with minimum requirements of the federal Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) and adds student supports and protections.

Oregon Revised Statutes 339.250 Duty of student to comply with rules; policies on discipline, suspension, expulsion, threats of violence or harm, firearms and physical force; student handbook or code of conduct; enforcement of policies

(7)  Each district school board shall adopt a written policy involving firearms, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921. The policy shall:

  • (a)  Require expulsion from school for a period of not less than one year of any student who is determined to have:
    • (A)  Brought a firearm to a school, to school property under the jurisdiction of the school district or to an activity under the jurisdiction of the school district;
    • (B)  Possessed, concealed or used a firearm in a school, on school property under the jurisdiction of the school district or at an activity under the jurisdiction of the school district; or
    • (C)  Brought to or possessed, concealed or used a firearm at an interscholastic activity administered by a voluntary organization.
  • (b)  Allow exceptions:
    • (A)  For courses, programs and activities approved by the school district that are conducted on school property, including, but not limited to, hunter safety courses, Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, firearm-related sports or firearm-related vocational courses; and
    • (B)  Identified by and adopted by the State Board of Education by rule.
  • (c)  Allow a superintendent of a school district to:
    • (A)  Modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis.
    • (B)  Propose alternative programs of instruction or instruction combined with counseling for a student that are appropriate and accessible to the student. If alternative programs are appropriate for a student, the superintendent shall ensure that information about programs of instruction or instruction combined with counseling is provided in writing to the student and the parent, legal guardian or person in parental relationship with the student at least once every six months, or at any time the information changes because of the availability of new programs.
  • (d)  Require a referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency of any student who is expelled under this subsection.
  • (e)  Require an annual reporting to the Department of Education of the name of each school that had an expulsion under this subsection and the number of students expelled from each school.
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