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DHA

Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority

A Disciplinary Hearing Authority (DHA) will conduct hearings for students who have been suspended expelled/remanded for more than ten (10) school days.  The director of schools will appoint a chairman of the DHA from the members appointed by the Board.  The chairman shall perform the following duties:

  1. 1.Identify the members of the DHA assigned to hear each individual case;
  2. 2.Prepare and disseminate the minutes of each meeting;
  3. 3.Set the time, place and date for each hearing;
  4. 4.Notify appropriate persons of each meeting within forty-eight (48) hours of receiving notification of the suspension/expulsion; and
  5. 5.Sign and maintain a copy of minutes of meeting.

Each hearing shall be conducted by at least three (3) members of the DHA.  The hearing must be held, a decision must be rendered, and notification of the decision must be provided to the parents and/or student and the principal no later than ten (10) days after the beginning of the suspension/expulsion.  Notification of the decision shall include a statement of the right of either party within five (5) days after receiving the decision to request a review by the Board.  The DHA may take the following disciplinary actions:

  1. 1.Affirm the decision of the school principal;
  2. 2.Order removal of the suspension/expulsion unconditionally;
  3. 3.Order removal of the suspension/expulsion upon such terms and conditions as it deems reasonable;
  4. 4.Remand the student to alternative placement; or
  5. 5.Suspend/Expel/Remand the student for a specified period of time.
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