About Expulsion Hearings
An expulsion hearing before a District Hearing Officer is a legal procedure. The hearing is similar to a hearing in City or County Court in many regards. A District Hearing Officer will facilitate the hearing and serve similar to a judge in a court proceeding.
Hearings officers are professionals with extensive experience in educational law. They are well versed in Adams 14 Board-approved Policy. Our goal is to provide a fair and impartial hearing for all involved. Therefore, Officers are independently contracted agents not otherwise employed by the District.
Attending the Hearing
You are encouraged to attend and participate in the hearing. Please note, however, that failure to attend the hearing constitutes a waiver of further rights in the matter. Those in attendance will be the Hearing Officer, a representative of the school, the student, the parent or guardian, and the student’s legal representative (if desired). Family members other than parents or guardians should not attend the hearing and may be asked to remain in the waiting area should they arrive with the family. Families are requested to arrange for childcare of young children if possible to avoid disruptions during the hearing.
School Resource Officers or law enforcement officials may be present if appropriate.
Witnesses may attend the hearing only by prior arrangement. However, witness statements received during the school’s investigation likely will be considered.
During the Hearing
Once participants are under oath the Hearing Officer will hear both sides as they present information and evidence related to the case. The Officer may ask clarifying questions. The hearing will be recorded. Evidence from the investigation which resulted in the school referring the student for an expulsion hearing will be considered. Any additional evidence gained since the original expulsion notification to parents may also be discussed. Based on the information shared, as well as the facts and merits of the case, the Hearing Officer will make a decision on his or her recommendation.
Following the Hearing
The Hearing Officer’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the Superintendent who will render a written decision within five business days from the time of the hearing. Parents should not expect a decision at the conclusion of the hearing.
Unless notified otherwise by school officials, the student will remain suspended until the decision letter is received by the family following the hearing. This letter will explain the decision and direct the student as to what should occur next.
For more details regarding student discipline policy please review entire discipline policies available online at www.adams14.org.