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GUIDANCE ON DETERMINING WHAT TO REPORT ON
THE INFINITE CAMPUS BEHAVIOR TAB
Included in this guidance:
In a typical school, over the course of an academic year, many incidents or infractions will occur. These can range from the relatively minor to the very serious. When an incident occurs, a decision must be made about whether it needs to be reported on the Infinite Campus Behavior tab (“the tab”). Typically, this decision is delegated to the building administrator and/or site disciplinarian.
We recognize that it is impossible to implement
an incidence data collection system that will be entirely consistent from
school to school. While incidence data will always be best interpreted
relative to the unique rules of the school in which they were collected,
adherence to the following guidelines should result in substantially objective
data that can be aggregated into a credible picture of the relative safety of
The tab includes three basic data elements: the Event Name (type), the student’s Role, and the Behavior Resolution (consequence). Each of the reportable Behavior Resolutions involves a child being removed from his/her educational placement for disciplinary purposes. It is extremely important to carefully review the list of reportable Behavior Resolutions as this list will be the initial determining factor in whether an incident needs to be reported to Infinite Campus. The duration of the Behavior Resolution must be reported in full or partial days.
Additional information about the data elements on the tab can be found in the student data standards document available at:
For an incident to be reportable to the Infinite Campus Behavior tab, each of the following criteria must be met:
1. The resulting disciplinary action is included in the list of Behavior Resolutions.
2. The incident is included in the list of Event Names and occurred in school, on school grounds, or at a school-sanctioned event.
While most of the incidents that you report will be for offenses committed by your students, there may be incidents where you cannot identify the offender or the offender is a non- student. (Bomb threats or someone entering the building with a firearm are two examples.)
An incident described by one of the “Event Names” that occurs in school, on school grounds, or at a school-sanctioned event involving an unidentified or non-student offender must still be reported in order to comply with Maine’s law on bomb threats and the Maine Unsafe School Choice Option policy that is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. However, because the Behavior tab only allows for the reporting of offenses committed by students, there is an alternative method for the reporting of incidents involving unknown or non-student offenders.
Please refer to the following guidance when you need to report incidents involving unknown or non-student offenders:
If an incident identified by one of the “Event Names” occurs in school, on school grounds, or at a school-sanctioned event, report the incident directly to the Maine Department of Education, Office of the Commissioner, within 24 hours after the event occurrence. (207)624-6606.
Include the following in the report:
Q: If I have decided that an incident is reportable, but there were multiple incident types involved, which type should I report?
Expulsion with Services (01) – An action taken by the local educational agency removing a child from his/her regular school for disciplinary purposes for the remainder of the school year or longer in accordance with local educational agency policy. Educational services ARE provided to the student during the expulsion period. This includes removals resulting from violations of the Gun Free Schools Act that are modified to less than 365 days.
Out of School Suspension (02) – Instances in which a child is temporarily removed from his/her regular school for disciplinary purposes to another setting (e.g., home, behavior center). This includes both removals in which no IEP services are provided because the removal is 10 days or less as well as removals in which the child continues to receive services according to his/her IEP.
Alternative Education Setting by School Personnel (03) – An appropriate setting determined by the child’s IEP team in which the child is placed for no more than 45 school days. This setting enables the child to continue to receive educational services and participate in the general education curriculum (although in another setting) and to progress toward meeting the goals set out in the IEP. As appropriate, the setting includes a functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention services and modifications to address the behavior violation so that it does not recur.
In School Suspension (05) – Instances in which a child is temporarily removed from his/her regular classroom(s) for disciplinary purposes but remains under the direct supervision of school personnel. Direct supervision means school personnel are physically in the same location as students under their supervision. (This is limited to a formal suspension issued by the appropriate school authority.)
Alternative Education Setting by Hearing Officer (06) – Those instances in which an impartial hearing officer orders the removal of children with disabilities from their current educational placement to an appropriate alternative educational setting for not more than 45 school days based on the hearing officer’s determination that maintaining the child’s current placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the child or others. The IEP team is responsible for determining the interim alternative educational setting.
Expulsion without Services (09) – An action taken by the local educational agency removing a child from his/her regular school for disciplinary purposes for the remainder of the school year or longer in accordance with local educational agency policy. Educational services ARE NOT provided to the student during the expulsion period. This includes removals resulting from violations of the Gun Free Schools Act that are modified to less than 365 days.
Pending (4) – A resolution has not yet been determined. (Once determined, this resolution will need to be changed to one of the options listed above.)
(In alphabetical order.)
1. Aggravated Assault: An attempt to cause or purposely cause serious bodily injury to another, i.e., injury that creates a substantial risk of death or which causes permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the functions of any bodily member or organ. Example: A student pushes another student in the cafeteria and a fight breaks out. Three students become involved in the altercation and one student ends up with a broken arm. All three students were suspended from school and criminal charges are pending.
2. Alcohol-Related: Possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, use, or showing evidence of use of any alcoholic substances.
3. Arson: Willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn a public building, motor vehicle, personal property, etc.
4. Assault With Firearm: An attempt to cause or purposely cause serious bodily injury to another by use of a firearm. (See also: "Possession of Firearm" definition.)
5. Assault With Other Weapon: An attempt to cause or purposely cause serious bodily injury to another by use of a weapon other than a firearm. (See also: "Possession of Other Weapon" definition.)
7. Bomb Threat: Involves a spoken, written, called-in, or other communication that a bomb is present, but no actual bomb is found.
8. Bomb-Related: Situation where some sort of bomb or materials to make a bomb is actually found.
9. Bullying / Injurious Hazing: Any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of any school personnel or a student enrolled in a public school. (Often associated with name calling, teasing about gender, personal appearance, and threats of physical harm.)
10. Burglary / Breaking and Entering: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit felony or theft. (Attempted forcible entry is included.)
11. Disorderly Conduct: Any act of public disturbance intentionally caused by any person who substantially disrupts, disturbs or interferes with the teaching of students at any public or private educational institution or engages in conduct which disturbs the peace, order, or discipline at any public or private educational institution or on the grounds adjacent thereto. (Examples might be pulling a fire alarm; disruptive demonstrations; smoke or stink bombs; outbursts that warrant calling police or security.)
12. Extortion: The process of obtaining property from another, with or without that person's consent, by a wrongful use of force, fear, or threat.
13. Fighting: A physical confrontation involving two or more individuals in which physical harm is intended. EXCLUDES MINOR VERBAL CONFRONTATIONS OR OTHER MINOR CONFRONTATIONS SUCH AS SLIGHT PUSHING/SHOVING.
14. Fireworks: Detonation of firecrackers, fireworks, or other type materials.
15. Gang Fight: Fighting behavior (as defined under fighting) but related to gangs (somewhat organized groups of some duration, sometimes characterized by turf concerns, symbols, special dress and colors, recognized as a gang by its members and others.
16. Harassment: Sexual: Unwelcome sexual advances or conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Sexual harassing behavior could include repeated offensive jokes.
17. Harassment: Other: Repeated acts of aggression, including verbal acts of aggression, for the purpose of annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing a person; can precede serious violence included in the category of Bias Incident/Hate Crime. May include offenses motivated by race, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
18. Hate Crime/Bias: A hate crime is an act of violence, threat of violence, or property damage. A bias incident is an act of hate that is not a crime. Both are incidents directed against a person, private property, or public property where the motive for the commission of the act is based on prejudice or bias against race, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Common sense determination of whether or not an incident was a bias or hate-related offense should be based on consideration of multiple factors that may surround the incident, such as: 1) admission by the offender(s) of bias motivation; 2) obvious signs of bias, e.g., racial epithets uttered, hate graffiti; 3) the victim(s) expressing that bias motives were involved; or 4) a history of bias or hate-related offenses between students from the groups involved.
19. Homicide: A killing of one human being by another, i.e., without reference to guilt or innocence.
40. Insubordination: Not submitting to authority; disobedient
20. Kidnapping: The unlawful seizure, transportation and/or detention of a person against his/her will, or of a minor without the consent of his/her custodial parent(s) or legal guardian.
21. Larceny / Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying,
leading, or riding away of property from the possession of another,
not taken by force and violence. Examples: A student goes into another student's book bag to remove personal items. Theft from the locker room during PE or after school when students are participating in sporting events.
22. Marijuana-Related: Possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, use, or showing evidence of use of marijuana substances.
23. Motor Vehicle Theft: Theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
24. Other Drug-Related: Illegal drug possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, use, being under the influence of drugs other than tobacco, alcohol or marijuana. (Includes "huffing" or inhaling mind-altering substances. Includes substances represented as drugs. Includes drug paraphernalia possession or use of drugs such as steroids, speed, cocaine, heroin, etc. Includes taking or selling prescription drugs not intended for the individual involved, such as Ritalin or painkillers. Includes over the counter drugs or legal substances if abused by the student, including glue, substances in aerosol cans, paint thinner, etc. EXCLUDES TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND MARIJUANA.
25. Physical Attack: Physically pushing, hitting, or otherwise attacking another student or staff member, including striking a staff member who is intervening in a fight or other disruptive activity. EXCLUDES MINOR VERBAL CONFRONTATIONS OR OTHER MINOR CONFRONTATIONS SUCH AS SLIGHT PUSHING/SHOVING.
26. Possession of a Firearm: Possession of a handgun,
rifle, or shotgun. (Do not include BB guns and other air-powered rifles; they
should be considered "other weapons.") According to the Gun-Free
Schools Act and the United States Code (18 USC 921), firearms include:
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 any explosive;
The frame or receiver of any weapon described above;
Any destructive device, which includes:
(A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas
(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 which will, or which may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter.
(C) any combination of 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.
27. Possession of Other Weapon: Any instrument or object, OTHER THAN A FIREARM, possessed or used to inflict harm on another person, or to intimidate any person. Examples include all types of knives, chains, pipes, razor blades or similar instruments with sharp cutting edges; ice picks, dirks, other pointed instruments (including pens and pencils); numchucks; brass knuckles; Chinese stars; billy clubs; tear gas guns; electrical weapons or devices (stun guns); BB or pellet guns; explosives or propellant type weapons not listed in the “Possession of a Firearm” definition.
28. Robbery: Larceny from the person or presence of another by violence or threat.
31. Sexual Offense (non-forcible): Lewd behavior; indecent exposure; includes sexual contact without force or threat of force and where the involved parties are capable of consenting.
32. Simple Assault: An attempt to cause, threaten to cause, or purposely cause bodily injury to another, including verbally abusive language.
33. Stolen Property: Buying, selling, receiving or distributing stolen property.
34. Threat / intimidation: Physical or verbal threat; to unlawfully place another person in fear of bodily harm through verbal threats without displaying a weapon or subjecting the person to actual physical attack.
35. Tobacco-Related: Possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, use, or showing evidence of use of any tobacco substances.
36. Trespassing: To enter uninvited and unlawfully upon the land or property of another.
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38. Vandalism (criminal mischief): Willful and/or malicious destruction, damage or serious defacement of school or personal property without consent. Examples would include destroying school computer records, graffiti, spray painting walls, destroying property.
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40. Insubordination: Not submitting to authority; disobedient