Department of Defense Education Activity

Discipline Policy

Discipline Procedures/Guidelines

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with Enclosure 2 in the DoDEA Administrative Instruction 2051.02, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 17, 2012.  It consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors.  Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff with courtesy, fairness and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students with courtesy, fairness, and respect.  All students will be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner.  School administrators shall operate and maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning.  Administration will ensure prompt investigation and response to incidents or complaints involving students made by students, parents, teachers, or DoDEA staff members.  In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Regulation 2051.1, “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 4, 2012, as amended discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered.  Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs.  Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term).   Long-term suspension or expulsion as a first offense may be considered when a student poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others (e.g., offenses involving firearms or other weapons, fighting or violence; or the possession, use, or sale of drugs).  

This section contains excerpts from DoDEA Regulation 2051.1 and local school policy. For questions, clarification or to review the official regulation in its entirety, please visit: 

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors, teachers, and the military and school communities; that consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Student behavior should be safe, responsible, and respectful.

Grounds for Discipline

Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for student conduct:

•While on school property.
•While in route between school and home or any school activity.
•While in vehicles owned by the Government or contracted by DoDEA schools for the transport of students.
•During the lunch period on a school day, whether on or off campus.
•During or while going to or from all school-sponsored or school-supervised events and/or activities that affect the missions or operations of the school or district including field- trips, sporting events, stadium assemblies, and evening school-related activities.
•When the good order, safety, or welfare of the school, students, or staff is affected as a result of out-of-school actions. For out-of school actions that involve First Amendment rights, there must be substantial disruption, or the likelihood of a substantial disruption, to the school.
Discipline will be progressively and fairly administered, beginning with the individual teacher’s classroom management plan. School disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to:
•verbal reprimands
•lunch/after-school/Saturday detention
•office referrals
•alternative in-school placements    
•counseling referrals
•KDAP referrals

Minor offenses
These include any conduct that is not conducive to the good order and discipline of the school.
Examples of conduct for which minor discipline may be appropriate include, but are not limited to: tardiness, unexcused absence, public display of affection, chewing gum or eating food in class, running or horseplay in the halls or classrooms, use of offensive language; disrupting the class by talking, laughing, or wandering about when the teacher determines that such conduct is inappropriate to the classroom activity.

Grounds for Removal

A student may be disciplined, to include removal from school (i.e. suspension, expulsion, or out of school placement) in appropriate circumstances; when a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that the student has engaged in any of the following acts of misconduct:

•    Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause, physical injury
•    Weapons violations
•    Drug, alcohol, or tobacco violations (including e-cigarettes, vapes)
•    Theft
•    Vandalism
•    Lewd, indecent or obscene acts
•    Sexual behavior/gestures    
•    Willfully defying authority 
•    Gambling
•    Bullying
•    Computer/Electronics violations
•    Arson
•    Forgery, cheating, plagiarism
•    Truancy
•    Violating base rules, laws or regulations

The principal may remove a student for no more than 10 consecutive days. For potential removal in excess of 10 days, the school discipline committee will be convened. Suspended students may not be on, or near the school campus, or attend any school functions for the duration of the removal. With any removal from school, the sponsor/parent/guardian will be notified in person and in writing. The sponsor’s command and the school superintendent will also be notified. Students have the right to appeal the decision. In many such cases, the student will also be referred to KDAP. During the period of removal, students are permitted to make up all class work and homework assignments. After the period of removal, the sponsor may be required to attend a re-admission conference.

Incident Reports/Referrals
Students have the responsibility to report to a teacher, a sponsor or a representative of administration anything that they feel needs to be addressed concerning any issue at school. Incident reports are available in the front office. Additionally, if a student is referred to the office for a discipline reason, they are encouraged to complete an incident report. This allows students to share their point of view of an incident.


Pacific South Discipline Matrix