Utah - Alcohol and Drug-use Prohibitions or Restrictions: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law prohibits the sale, possession, or use of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or at school-related events.

Utah Code 53G-8-205. Grounds for suspension or expulsion from a public school.

(1) A student may be suspended or expelled from a public school for any of the following reasons:

  • (a) frequent or flagrant willful disobedience, defiance of proper authority, or disruptive behavior, including the use of foul, profane, vulgar, or abusive language;
  • (b) willful destruction or defacing of school property;
  • (c) behavior or threatened behavior which poses an immediate and significant threat to the welfare, safety, or morals of other students or school personnel or to the operation of the school;
  • (d) possession, control, or use of an alcoholic beverage as defined in Section 32B-1-102;

Utah Code 53G-8-205. Grounds for suspension or expulsion from a public school.

(2) (a) A student shall be suspended or expelled from a public school for any of the following reasons:

  • (i) any serious violation affecting another student or a staff member, or any serious violation occurring in a school building, in or on school property, or in conjunction with any school activity, including:
    • (A) the possession, control, or actual or threatened use of a real weapon, explosive, or noxious or flammable material;
    • (B) the actual or threatened use of a look alike weapon with intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities; or
    • (C) the sale, control, or distribution of a drug or controlled substance as defined in Section 58-37-2, an imitation controlled substance defined in Section 58-37b-2, or drug paraphernalia as defined in Section 58-37a-3;

Utah Code 53G-8-209. Extracurricular activities -- Prohibited conduct -- Reporting of violations -- Limitation of liability.

(2) (a) The State Board of Education may, and local boards of education and governing boards of charter schools shall, adopt rules implementing this section that apply to both students and staff.

  • (b) The rules described in Subsection (2)(a) shall include prohibitions against the following types of conduct in accordance with Section 53G-8-211 , while in the classroom, on school property, during school sponsored activities, or regardless of the location or circumstance, affecting a person or property described in Subsections 53G-8-203(1)(e)(i) through (iv):
    • (i) use of foul, abusive, or profane language while engaged in school related activities;
    • (ii) illicit use, possession, or distribution of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia, and the use, possession, or distribution of an electronic cigarette as defined in Section 76-10-101, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages contrary to law;

Utah Administrative Code R277-609-4. LEA Responsibility to Develop Plans.

(1) An LEA or school shall develop and implement a board approved comprehensive LEA plan or policy for student and classroom management, and school discipline.

(2) An LEA shall include administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council, and other community members in policy development, training, and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support, and responsibility.

(3) A plan described in Subsection (1) shall include:

  • (a) the definitions of Section 53G-8-210;
  • (b) written standards for student behavior expectations, including school and classroom management;
  • (c) effective instructional practices for teaching student expectations, including:
    • (i) self-discipline;
    • (ii) citizenship;
    • (iii) civic skills; and
    • (iv) social skills;
  • (d) systematic methods for reinforcement of expected behaviors;
  • (e) uniform methods for correction of student behavior;
  • (f) uniform methods for at least annual school level data-based evaluations of efficiency and effectiveness;
  • (g) an ongoing staff development program related to development of:
    • (i) student behavior expectations;
    • (ii) effective instructional practices for teaching and reinforcing behavior expectations;
    • (iii) effective intervention strategies; and
    • (iv) effective strategies for evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions;
  • (h) procedures for ongoing training of appropriate school personnel in:
    • (i) crisis intervention training;
    • (ii) emergency safety intervention professional development; and
    • (iii) LEA policies related to emergency safety interventions consistent with evidence-based practice;
  • (i) policies and procedures relating to the use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances by students;
    Utah Office of Admnistrative Rules
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