Student Conduct and Discipline

Maintaining order and discipline is essential to creating a safe and effective learning environment.  General rules about student conduct are found in local school district policies and handbooks, while state and federal law creates a framework for student discipline decisions. The following are resources related to student conduct, drug and alcohol abuse, student discipline under Texas Education Code chapter 37, and gangs and violence.

Student Conduct
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Student Discipline/Chapter 37
Firearms and School Violence

Student Conduct   

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on student conduct, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FFFD Bicycle/Automobile Use
FN Student Rights and Responsibilities
FNC Student Conduct
FNCA Dress Code
FNCB Care of School Property
FNCE Personal Telecommunications/Electronic Devices

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' 2015-16 Snapshot Truancy Guide provides a snapshot overview of a comparison of truancy provisions in the Education Code as they exist currently and with changes made from House Bill 2398, passed by the 84th legislature.  The guide addresses truancy provisions as they will become effective on September 1, 2015.
  • TASB Policy Service offers a Model Student Handbook, available online behind myTASB for members of Policy Service, which provides basic information on district policies and procedures for students and parents

Other Resources

  • The First Amendment Center Clothing, Dress Codes and Uniforms Website provides information about the First Amendment ramifications of student dress code policies.
  • TEA Office of Legal Services General Student FAQ’s answers frequently asked questions about dress codes and cell phones.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse   

Related Policies

For more information on drug and alcohol abuse, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FNCD Tobacco Use and Possession
FNCF Alcohol and Drug Use

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Website provides policy guidance and links to related resources on alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, violence, and health and safety.
  • The U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Website provides web courses, grants, and other programs and resources to address drug and alcohol abuse in schools.
  • The U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Website National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information provides a number of resources on alcohol and drug abuse, as well as tobacco use.
  • The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Back to School Website provides fact sheets, curricula, and other information geared toward students and teachers, written in both English and Spanish.
  • The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Website provides a searchable database of resources on the prevention of youth problems, such as substance abuse, delinquency, and violence.
  • The U.S. stopalcoholabuse.gov Educators Website is a compilation of federal resources on underage drinking prevention intended for educators and communities.
  • The U.S. DHHS SAMHSA Underage Drinking Website provides reports and statistics regarding underage drinking.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking provides statistics and tips for educators, parents, and communities to reduce underage drinking.
  • The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) The Cool Spot Website provides young teens information about alcohol abuse.
  • The U.S. NIAAA Underage Drinking Research Initiative Website provides statistics, facts, and related resources on underage drinking.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Underage Drinking guide provides information about the issue and suggested responses.
  • The Office of National Drug Control Policy Above the Influence Website provides information for youths about the dangers of substance abuse and resources aimed at substance abuse prevention.
  • The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy Monitoring the Future Study blog Website provides facts, figures, and other resources related to drug use by students.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Substance Abuse Services Website provides information about substance abuse, including fact sheets and tips for prevention.
  • The U.S. NIH NIDA Parents & Teachers Website provides a number of resources that address the health effects and consequences of drug abuse, as well as teaching packets and other tools.
  • The U.S. NIH NIDA The Facts About Marijuana Website provides information about marijuana abuse and treatment for teens and their parents.
  • The U.S. NIH NIDA Inhalant Abuse Website provides facts and resources related to inhalant abuse.
  • The U.S. NIH NIDA Club Drugs Website provides trends, facts, and other resources related to the abuse of club drugs, such as LSD, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
  • The DSHS Drugs and Medical Devices Group Controlled Substance Scheduling for 2015 details the types of drugs that may be considered controlled substances for purposes of determining applicable criminal penalties and appropriate student discipline.
  • The DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Website provides information on the health effects of tobacco use, including information targeted at youths.
  • The U.S. NIH NIDA Nicotine Addiction Website provides statistics and tools to prevent or reduce tobacco dependence.

Student Discipline/Chapter 37   

Related Policies

For more information on student discipline and Chapter 37, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FO Student Discipline
FOA Removal by Teacher or Bus Driver
FOB Out-of-School Suspension
FOC Placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Setting
FOCA Disciplinary Alternative Education Program Operations
FOD Expulsion
FODA Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program
FOE Emergency and Alternative Placement
FOF Students with Disabilities

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Chapter 37 – Safe Schools Website provides information on student discipline and links to discipline resources.
  • The TEA Discipline Data Products Website provides links to discipline reports, discipline action group summary reports, and assessment reports for students in disciplinary settings, available for the state, by region, and by district.
  • The TEA Student Attendance Accounting Handbook details the attendance accounting rules that districts must follow when reporting to TEA, including those that relate to disciplinary placements.
  • TEA Office of Legal Services General Student FAQ’s answers frequently asked questions about student discipline and corporal punishment.
  • The TEA PEIMS Data Standards Appendix E: Additional Information Related to Discipline provides information on documentation and discipline action reasons for reporting purposes.
  • The Texas Attorney General (AG) School Crime and Discipline Handbook provides an overview of district responsibilities related to student crime, state disciplinary rules, relevant criminal laws, student search guidelines, and information on students taken into custody.
  • The Office of Court Administration’s “Gold Standard Training”- School Ticketing Reform Class C Misdemeanor School Discipline addresses the current landscape of legal requirements in issuing citations to students as a discipline technique for certain misdemeanor conduct.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services Drugs and Medical Devices Group Controlled Substance Scheduling for 2015 details the types of drugs that may be considered controlled substances for purposes of determining applicable criminal penalties and appropriate student discipline.
  • The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Website provides information about juvenile probation services, local juvenile boards, statistics, juvenile justice alternative education programs (JJAEP), and related resources.
  • The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Seclusion and Restraint Website provides policies, guidelines, and related resources regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools.

Firearms and School Violence   

Related Policies

For more information on gangs and violence, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FNCC Prohibited Organizations and Hazing
FNCG Weapons
FNCH Assaults
FNCI Disruptions

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article Firearms on School District Property answers numerous questions about emergency operations, security personnel, restrictions on possession of firearms on campus, and related liability issues.

Other Resources