Limits on Referrals to Law Enforcement
Limits on Referrals to Law Enforcement
State law requires districts to establish formal procedures governing referrals to local law enforcement.
8 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations 100.2 General school requirements.
(l) provisions setting forth the procedures by which local law enforcement agencies shall be notified promptly of code violations, including but not limited to incidents of harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination, which may constitute a crime.
MEMORANDUM: Letter from Commissioner Elia and NYS Attorney General Regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Memo addresses SED’s position that law enforcement officers may not remove a student from school property or interrogate a student without the consent of the student’s parent or person in parental relation, except in very limited situations (e.g., when law enforcement officers have a valid warrant or when a crime has been committed on school property) and establishes protections for undocumented students exercising their legal right to attend school.
New York Consolidated Laws 2801. Codes of conduct on school property.
For purposes of this section, school property means in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school; or in or on a school bus, as defined in section one hundred forty-two of the vehicle and traffic law; and a school function shall mean a school-sponsored or school-authorized extra-curricular event or activity regardless of where such event or activity takes place, including any event or activity that may take place in another state.
The board of education or the trustees, as defined in section two of this chapter, of every school district within the state, however created, and every board of cooperative educational services and county vocational extension board, shall adopt and amend, as appropriate, a code of conduct for the maintenance of order on school property, including a school function, which shall govern the conduct of students, teachers and other school personnel as well as visitors and shall provide for the enforcement thereof. Such policy may be adopted by the school board or trustees only after at least one public hearing that provides for the participation of school personnel, parents, students and any other interested parties. Such code of conduct shall include, at a minimum:
- a. provisions regarding conduct, dress and language deemed appropriate and acceptable on school property, including a school function, and conduct, dress and language deemed unacceptable and inappropriate on school property, including a school function, and provisions regarding acceptable civil and respectful treatment of teachers, school administrators, other school personnel, students and visitors on school property, including a school function, including the appropriate range of disciplinary measures which may be imposed for violation of such code, and the roles of teachers, administrators, other school personnel, the board of education and parents;
- b. Standard and procedures to assure security and safety of students and school personnel;
- c. provisions for the removal from the classroom and from school property, including a school function, of students and other persons who violate the code;
- d. disciplinary measures to be taken in incidents involving the possession or use of illegal substances or weapons, the use of physical force, vandalism, violation of another student’s civil rights and threats of violence;
- e. provisions for detention, suspension and removal from the classroom of students, consistent with section thirty-two hundred fourteen of this chapter and other applicable federal, state and local laws including provisions for the school authorities to establish policies and procedures to ensure the provision of continued educational programming and activities for students removed from the classroom, placed in detention, or suspended from school;
- f. procedures by which violations are reported, determined, discipline measures imposed and discipline measures carried out;
- g. provisions ensuring such code and the enforcement thereof are in compliance with state and federal laws relating to students with disabilities;
- h. provisions setting forth the procedures by which local law enforcement agencies shall be notified of code violations which constitute a crime;
- i. provisions setting forth the circumstances under and procedures by which persons in parental relation to the student shall be notified of code violations;
- j. provisions setting forth the circumstances under and procedures by which a complaint in criminal court, a juvenile delinquency petition or person in need of supervision petition as defined in articles three and seven of the family court act will be filed;
- k. circumstances under and procedures by which referral to appropriate human service agencies shall be made;
- l. a minimum suspension period, for students who repeatedly are substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interfere with the teacher's authority over the classroom, provided that the suspending authority may reduce such period on a case by case basis to be consistent with any other state and federal law. For purposes of this section, the definition of "repeatedly are substantially disruptive" shall be determined in accordance with the regulations of the commissioner;
- m. a minimum suspension period for acts that would qualify the pupil to be defined as a violent pupil pursuant to paragraph a of subdivision two-a of section thirty-two hundred fourteen of this chapter, provided that the suspending authority may reduce such period on a case by case basis to be consistent with any other state and federal law; and
- n. provisions to comply with article two of this chapter.