Citations Affected: IC 20-8.1-5.1-14.5.
Synopsis: Counseling for certain students. Provides that a student who
would otherwise be expelled for the possession of a firearm, deadly
weapon, or controlled substance may participate in a counseling
program for the student and the student's parents. Provides that the
counseling program may be provided by a religious organization.
Provides that if the student participates in a program, the student may
be suspended for not more than ten school days for the action for which
the student would otherwise have been expelled.
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 22, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal and
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 14.5. (a) As used in this section,
"program" refers to a counseling program described in subsection
(b) This section applies to a student who would otherwise be expelled for the possession of:
(1) a firearm or deadly weapon under section 10 of this chapter; or
(2) a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9 ) under a policy adopted by the governing body of a school corporation.
(c) The parents of a student to whom this section applies may request the student's principal to allow the student to participate in a counseling program instead of being expelled. A program:
(1) must require the student and the student's parents to participate in individual and joint counseling sessions with a
(2) must provide for joint counseling sessions with the social worker for the student, the student's parents, and the student's principal or the principal's representative; and
(3) may be provided by a religious organization.
(d) Notwithstanding section 10 or 14 of this chapter, a student who participates in a program may not be suspended for a period of more than ten (10) school days for the action for which the student would otherwise have been expelled.