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Expulsions
Expulsion is an act of the Board of Education removing a student from the District’s schools upon the recommendation of a principal or hearing officer, or an administrative panel appointed pursuant to law. The policy of the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Board of Education provides that:

Students must be recommended for expulsion for:
  1. Causing serious injury to another person except in self-defense. Serious injury shall be defined as an injury which requires treatment by a medical doctor. (EC 48915 [a](1))
  2. Possession of any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil at school or at a school activity off school grounds (unless the pupil has obtained written permission from a certificated school employee, which was concurred in by the principal or the  designee of the principal to possess item). (EC 48915 [a](2))
  3. Unlawful sale of any controlled substance, as defined in the Health and Safety Code, except for the sale of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis (derivatives of marijuana—such as hashish). (EC 48915 [a](3))
  4. Robbery or extortion. In addition to recommending expulsion, the school must notify the police.((EC 48915 [a](4))

Students may be recommended for expulsion if the student:
  1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person. (EC48900 [a])
  2. Sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive,or other dangerous object. (EC 48900 [b])
  3. Unlawfully possessed, used, furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance as defined in the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind. (EC 48900 [c])
  4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, as defined in the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material, and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant. (EC 48900 [d])

Students may be recommended for expulsion under special circumstances if they:
  1. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property. (E.C. 48900 [f]) 
  2. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property. (E.C. 48900 [g]) 
  3. Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. (E.C. 48900 [h]) 
  4. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity. (E.C. 48900 [i]) 
  5. Had lawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11364 of the Health and Safety Code. (E.C. 48900 [j])
  6. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. (E.C. 48900 [k])
  7. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property. (E.C. 48900 [l])

      The procedure for expulsion is the same as for suspension except that additional steps in due process occur, including notices, hearings, and time restrictions. The complete process is explained in a conference at the school when a suspension with a recommendation for expulsion occurs.


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