Ohio - Corporal Punishment: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Prohibitions Or Restrictions
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute

State law prohibits the use of corporal punishment for disciplinary purposes without exception.

Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-15 Standards for the implementation of positive behavior intervention supports and the use of restraint and seclusion.

(C) Prohibition on certain practices. The following practices are prohibited by school personnel under any circumstance:

  • (1) Prone restraint;
  • (2) Any form of physical restraint that involves the intentional, knowing, or reckless use of any technique that:
    • (a) Involves the use of pinning down a student by placing knees to the torso, head, or neck of the student;
    • (b) Uses pressure point, pain compliance, or joint manipulation techniques; or
    • (c) Otherwise involves techniques that are used to unnecessarily cause pain.
  • (3) Corporal punishment;
  • (4) Child endangerment, as defined in section 2919.22 of the Revised Code;
  • (5) Deprivation of basic needs;
  • (6) Seclusion or restraint of preschool children in violation of paragraph (D) of rule 3301- 37-10 of the Administrative Code;
  • (7) Chemical restraint;
  • (8) Mechanical restraint (that does not include devices used by trained school personnel, or by a student, for the specific and approved therapeutic or safety purposes for which such devices were designed and, if applicable, prescribed);
  • (9) Aversive behavioral interventions; or
  • (10) Seclusion in a locked room or area.

Ohio Revised Code 3319.41 Corporal punishment policy.

(A) No person employed or engaged as a teacher, principal, administrator, nonlicensed school employee, or bus driver in a public school may inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment as a means of discipline upon a pupil attending such school.

(B) A person employed or otherwise engaged as a teacher, principal, or administrator by a nonpublic school, except as otherwise provided by the governing authority of the nonpublic school, may inflict or cause to be inflicted reasonable corporal punishment upon a pupil attending the school to which the person is assigned whenever such punishment is reasonably necessary in order to preserve discipline while the student is subject to school authority.

(C) Persons employed or engaged as teachers, principals, or administrators in a school, whether public or private, and nonlicensed school employees and school bus drivers may, within the scope of their employment, use and apply such amount of force and restraint as is reasonable and necessary to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person or within the control of the pupil, for the purpose of self-defense, or for the protection of persons or property.

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