Parent/Guardian, Student and School Rights During School and District Level Discipline Appeals


Parent/guardian rights during the discipline appeal process include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The parent/guardian or student has the right to inspect any written, video or physical evidence that the school may present at the hearing.
  • The parent/guardian should be provided with redacted copies of witness statements, social media printouts, and other evidence upon request in which the names and all identifying student witness information have been redacted and held confidential. A parent/guardian may request copies of videotape surveillance; however, they will be responsible for the cost associated with redacting the video thereby protecting student confidentiality.
  • The parent/guardian or student may provide witnesses or any written or physical evidence that supports the student’s case, including written statements from witnesses who saw or have knowledge of the incident in question.
  • The school administrator or other person presenting the school’s case has the right to inspect and question any written or physical evidence that the parent(s) or guardian(s) may present at the hearing.
  • The parent/guardian or student has the right to ask questions of their accuser and present his or her explanation of the alleged misconduct.
  • The parent/guardian or student may arrange to be represented by an attorney or advocate at private, not public, expense. An attorney or advocate is not necessary for a fair resolution of the matter.  Parent/guardian must notify the Superintendent or designee as soon as possible if they plan to be represented by an attorney or advocate.

These basic rights are extended to all disciplinary situations and not limited solely to appealable offenses.