The 1993 Colorado State Legislature passed legislation designed to empower the schools to take firm measures in order to insure a safe and orderly learning environment. Most of the activities have been worked into the Stratton Discipline Code. However, a summary is presented here. According to state law, the administrator may suspend or recommend expulsion of a student who engages in one or more of the following specific activities while in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles or during a school sponsored activity:
(1) Continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority.
(2) Willful destruction or defacing of school property.
(3) Behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other pupils or of school personnel, including behavior which creates a threat of physical harm to the child or to other children.
(4) Serious violations in a school building or in or on school property.
(5) Repeated interference with a school’s ability to provide educational opportunities to other students.
Expulsion shall be mandatory for the following violations:
(1) Carrying, bringing, using, or possessing a dangerous weapon without the authorization of the school or district.
(2) The sale of a drug or controlled substance as defined in section 12-22-303, CRS
(3) The commission of an act which if committed by an adult would be robbery pursuant to part 3 of article 4 of title 18, CRS., or assault pursuant to part 2 of article 3 of title 18, CRS., other than the commission of an act that would be third degree assault under section 18-3-204, CRS., if committed by an adult.