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Behavior Descriptor

Behavior Descriptor: Discipline

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The Behavior data element provides a list of behaviors. One of these must be selected to describe the action done by the student who caused the school discipline incident.

Select the option that most closely aligns with the incident that occurred. Use cases below provide examples.

Behaviors are ranked in order of severity with handgun being the most severe.

Behavior Descriptor is a required data element.

Behavior Firearm Related?
Handgun Y
Shotgun or rifle Y
Other firearm Y
Dangerous weapon (not firearm) N
Assault N
Endangering behavior N
Drug-related N
Alcohol-related N
Other violation of school rules N

USES: This data element assists with tracking behavior types and statistics on weapons and drugs in schools.

FAQs, Details, and Point to Note

  1. Behavior Ranking: The table values above display behavior in a particular hierarchy or most severe at the top to least severe at the bottom. When a district submits a behavior, or multiple behaviors, DPI will identify and report the most severely-ranked behavior. 
  2. Other Firearm Definition: "Other Firearm" means a "Firearm" that is not a handgun, shotgun, or rifle. A "Firearm" is (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device. Destructive device includes: (a) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, including a (1) bomb, (2) grenade, (3) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, (4) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, (5) mine, or (6) similar device; (b) any weapon that will, or that may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and that has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; (c) any combination or parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. Antique firearms and common fireworks are not included in the definition of firearm. See (USC Title 18, Section 921(a)).

  3. BB Guns: BB guns can be classified differently depending on propulsion method and bore size:

    • BB guns that are air guns should be classified as "Dangerous Weapon - Not Firearm".

    • BB guns that expel a projectile by the action of an explosive and have a bore of more than half an inch in diameter should be classified as "Other Firearm".

  4. Discipline FAQs & Use Cases: For more specific information, see the Discipline: Info, Help and FAQs page.

  5. DOC, DHS, PPP: No discipline information should be submitted for students in a Department of Corrections or Department of Health Services school or enrolled as a parentally-placed private student.


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