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Student Disciplinary Hearings

Pursuant to the provisions of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Section 20-2-753 et. Seq., (Ga. Laws 1984 VI, p. 908), the Bulloch County Board of Education shall appoint a student disciplinary hearing officer/panel to hold disciplinary hearings.

● Students who are accused of certain disciplinary infractions may be required to appear at a hearing before a student disciplinary hearing officer/panel. 

● The hearing officer/panel will listen to the evidence, determine if the student is guilty of the violation of the student disciplinary rules, and will determine appropriate punishment to impose taking into consideration the circumstances of the offenses, the student’s academic record, and the student’s disciplinary record.

● A student found guilty of violations of weapons, drugs, alcohol, sex offenses, assault on school personnel or other students, or bullying shall not participate in school activities, on or off campus, while the student is assigned to alternative programs.

● For students found guilty of violations other than those mentioned in the previous sentence, the student disciplinary hearing officer/panel will determine whether or not a student may attend or participate in school sponsored and/or extracurricular activities, unless the activity is governed by the Georgia High School Association and attendance or participation is predetermined by the circumstances.

● The student disciplinary hearing officer/panel notwithstanding rules,regulations, and procedures of the organization and/or activity will determine attendance and participation in activities not governed by the Georgia High School Association. The decision concerning attendance will be made a part of the minutes of the hearing.

● The student disciplinary hearing officer/panel will determine whether or not a student will be allowed to apply to the alternative school program, the Transitions Learning Center (TLC), and whether or not transportation will be provided. The student disciplinary hearing officer will base their determination upon the nature of the offense committed and the student’s prior discipline record on school buses.

● The disciplinary violations which will result in a hearing before the hearing officer/panel are as follows: (1) An alleged violation of the student code of conduct where the principal recommends a suspension or expulsion of longer than ten school days; and/or (2) An alleged assault or battery by a student upon any teacher or other school official or employee, if such teacher or other school official or employee so requests.

● Any decision of the student disciplinary hearing officer/panel may be appealed to the Board of Education by filing a written notice of appeal within 20 days from the date the decision is rendered.