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Glossary of Terms found in the Incident & Offense Reporting Form

Note: if a definition includes a citation to the Utah Code (UCA), the codes expanded definition is incorporated here by reference.

Incident Data Definitions

Incident -- One or more acts of prohibited behavior committed by an individual or group of individuals acting in concert, at the same time and place.
It may involve one or more victims and one or more offenders. For reporting purposes, an incident of prohibited behavior is the single most serious
act that occurs in a given overall incident. Incidents (ordered from most serious to least serious) include the following: criminal homicide;
aggravated assault; rape; aggravated sexual assault; forcible sexual abuse; aggravated sexual abuse of a child; robbery; burglary; theft; kidnapping;
arson; threat/intimidation; distribution, use or possession of drugs (other than alcohol and tobacco); sex offenses (non-forcible); criminal mischief
(vandalism); bullying; weapon or dangerous material possession; alcohol (liquor law) violations; tobacco violations; trespassing; fighting; disorderly
conduct; as well as other major offenses; and other state (district or municipal) defined offenses. If you are using the RISEP system, please log all
offenses and the RISEP reporting program will assign the appropriate priority order to the offense(s).

Bullying Incidents Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being
bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.
Four types of bullying are identified by the USDE:
1. Physical bullying -- hitting and/or punching,
2. Verbal bullying -- teasing or name-calling,
3. Non-verbal or emotional bullying -- this includes intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression,
4. Cyber bullying -- sending insulting messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging

Offender / Victim Data Definitions

Offender and Victim Counts


Offender -- A person who commits an offense. There may be more than one offender involved in any single incident.
Victim A person who is harmed or suffers loss due to the act of an offender.
Offender / Victim Information
Status There are five categories of offender status: drivers, school-based law enforcement officers and school
Student at this school -- An individual who is enrolled as a volunteers such as room parents.
student in the school reporting the incident at the time the Other An individual who is known but does not fit one of
incident occurred. the categories above.
Student in this district -- An individual who is enrolled as a Unknown An individual whose status is unknown
student in the district reporting the incident (but not in the
school) at the time the incident occurred. Race/Ethnicity This field allows for only a single selection. The
School Employee An individual who is who is a paid main reason for this is that certain federal reports (i.e., OSEP data
employee or volunteer in a school. Includes teachers, tables) require aggregating on this field.
administrators, support staff, maintenance worker, school-bus

Details of Offense Definitions

Injury

Serious Bodily Injury This field is required for incidents involving Physical Injury This field is required for violent incidents and is
students receiving special education services and is used in used in generating the Utah Consolidated State Performance Report.
generating OSEP special education data tables. The definition is: A The definition as defined by the USOE is: Damage to bodily tissue
bodily injury that involves a substantial risk of death; extreme (at the school or school activity where the violation occurred) that
physical pain; protracted and obvious disfigurement; or protracted includes: Skin bruising, dislocation, physical pain, impairment of
loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or physical function, bleeding, burn, bone fracture, soft tissue swelling,
faculty (18 U.S.C. Section 1365(3)(h)). injury to an internal organ or any physical condition that imperils the
health/welfare of a student.

Assault Violations

Aggravated Assault An attempt or intentional act committed with Rape The offender attempts to have or has sexual intercourse with
unlawful force or violence involving the use or threatened use of a another person without the victims consent* whether or not the
weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury to another. Report offender is married to the victim including sexual intercourse with a
attempted Criminal Homicide as Aggravated Assault. (UCA 76-5- child who is under the age of 14. It also includes object rape in
103) which an offender who, without the victims consent, causes the
Examples of serious bodily injury are apparent broken bones, loss of penetration, however slight, of the genital or anal opening of another
teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration (i.e., one where person by any foreign object, substances, instrument, or device, not
medical attention was provided) or loss of consciousness as a direct including a part of the human body, with intent to cause substantial
result of force inflicted. emotional or bodily pain to the victim or with the intent to arouse or
gratify the sexual desire of any person who is 14 years of age or

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older. Object rape of a child includes object rape or touching to take indecent liberties with the offender or another, with intent to
however slight, of the genital or anal opening of a child who is under cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any person or with the
the age of 14. (UCA 76-5-402) intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, without the
consent of the other, regardless of the sex of any participant. (UCA
*Without the victims consent means the following: 76-5-404)
(1) the victim expresses lack of consent through words or conduct;
(2) the actor [offender] overcomes the victim through the actual Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child An offender attempts to or
application of physical force or violence; commits sexual abuse of a child (a person under the age of 14) if,
(3) the actor is able to overcome the victim through concealment or under circumstances not amounting to rape of a child, object rape of a
by the element of surprise; child, sodomy upon a child, or an attempt to commit any of these
(4) the actor coerces the victim to submit by threatening to retaliate offenses, the actor touches the anus, buttocks, or genitalia of any
(including but not limited to physical force, kidnapping, or extortion) child, the breast of a female child, or otherwise takes indecent
in the future against the victim or any other person, and the victim liberties with a child, or causes a child to take indecent liberties with
perceives or believes at the time that the actor has the ability to the actor or another with intent to cause substantial emotional or
execute this threat; bodily pain to any person or with the intent to arouse or gratify the
(5) the victim has not consented and the actor knows the victim is sexual desire of any person regardless of the sex of any participant.
unconscious, unaware that the act is occurring, or physically unable A person commits aggravated sexual abuse of a child when in
to resist; conjunction with the offense described above any of the following
(6) the actor knows that as a result of mental disease or defect, the circumstances have been charged and admitted or found true in the
victim is at the time of the act incapable either of appraising the action for the offense: (a) the offense was committed by the use of a
nature of the act or of resisting it; dangerous weapon as defined in Section 76-1-601(5), or by force,
(7) the actor knows that the victim submits or participates because the duress, violence, intimidation, coercion, menace, or threat of harm, or
victim erroneously believes that the actor is the victim's spouse; was committed during the course of a kidnapping; (b) the accused
(8) the actor intentionally impaired the power of the victim to caused bodily injury or severe psychological injury to the victim
appraise or control his or her conduct by administering any substance during or as a result of the offense; (c) the accused was a stranger to
without the victim's knowledge; the victim or made friends with the victim for the purpose of
(9) the victim is younger than 14 years of age; committing the offense; (d) the accused used, showed, or displayed
(10) the victim is younger than 18 years of age and at the time of the pornography or caused the victim to be photographed in a lewd
offense the actor was the victim's parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, condition during the course of the offense; (e) the accused, prior to
or legal guardian or occupied a position of special trust in relation to sentencing for this offense, was previously convicted of any felony,
the victim; or of a misdemeanor involving a sexual offense; (f) the accused
(11) the victim is 14 years of age or older, but younger than 18 years committed the same or similar sexual act upon two or more victims at
of age, and the actor is more than three years older than the victim the same time or during the same course of conduct; (g) the accused
and entices or coerces the victim to submit or participate, under committed, in Utah or elsewhere, more than five separate acts, which
circumstances not amounting to the force or threat or if committed in Utah would constitute an offense described in this
(12) the actor is a health professional or religious counselor. The act chapter, and were committed at the same time, or during the same
is committed under the guise of providing professional diagnosis, course of conduct, or before or after the instant offense; (h) the
counseling, or treatment, and at the time of the act the victim offense was committed by a person who occupied a position of
reasonably believed that the act was for medically or professionally special trust in relation to the victim; "position of special trust" means
appropriate diagnosis, counseling, or treatment to the extent that that position occupied by a person in a position of authority, who, by
resistance by the victim could not reasonably be expected to have reason of that position is able to exercise undue influence over the
been manifested. (UCA 76-5-406) victim, and includes, but is not limited to, a youth leader or
recreational leader who is an adult, adult athletic manager, adult
Aggravated Sexual Assault - An attempted or intentional act coach, teacher, counselor, religious leader, doctor, employer, foster
committed with unlawful force or violence involving the use or parent, baby-sitter, adult scout leader, natural parent, stepparent,
threatened use of a weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury to adoptive parent, legal guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or adult
another, while in the course of rape or attempted rape, object rape or cohabitant of a parent; (i) the accused encouraged, aided, allowed, or
attempted object rape, forcible sodomy, or forcible sexual abuse or benefited from acts of prostitution or sexual acts by the victim with
attempted forcible sexual abuse. It also includes an offender who any other person, or sexual performance by the victim before any
compels or attempts to compel the victim to submit to a rape or other person; or (j) the accused caused the penetration, however
attempted rape, object rape or attempted object rape, forcible slight, of the genital or anal opening of the child by any part or parts
sodomy, or forcible sexual abuse or attempted forcible sexual abuse. of the human body other than the genitals or mouth. (UCA 76-5-404)
The offender may be aided or abetted by one or more persons. (UCA A sexual offense is non-forcible if the persons involved consent to
76-5-405) the act and both the offender and the victim are minors. (See also:
Sexual Offenses Non Forcible in Other Offenses section).
Forcible Sexual Abuse An offender commits forcible sexual abuse
if the victim is 14 years of age or older and, under circumstances not Simple Assault -- An intentional act to do bodily injury to another
amounting to rape, object rape, sodomy, or attempted rape or committed with unlawful force or violence which does not rise to the
sodomy, the offender attempts to or touches the anus, buttocks, or level of an aggravated assault and which does not involve sexual acts.
any part of the genitals of another, or touches the breast of a female, (UCA 76-5-102)
or otherwise takes indecent liberties with another, or causes another

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Alcohol / Drug Violations

Types of Violations:
Distribution The actual, constructive, or attempted sale, transfer, delivery, or dispensing of a prohibited substance or object to another
person.
Possession / Use -- Joint or individual ownership, control, holding, inhalation, injection, or consumption of a prohibited substance or object
[ 58-37-2(1)(dd)].
Resorting -- Being in the company of one or more persons who are engaged in prohibited behavior.

Alcohol/Drug Offenses

Alcohol -- Any product containing at least .0063% alcohol by


volume or .005% alcohol by weight. Uncontrolled Substance (Over-the-Counter, Inhalants, Look-
alikes) A substance which can be legally purchased without
Examples include beer, wine, and spirits (vodka, gins, whiskey, rum, prescription, if its manner of use or apparent intended use is for a
cordials, etc.). purpose other than that intended by the manufacturer.

Tobacco -- A product containing tobacco in any form. Examples include over-the-counter (non-prescription) and mail order
(look-alike) drugs such as cold medicines, cough syrup, diet pills,
Tobacco products include cigars; smoking tobacco, including sleeping pills, NoDoz, and nicotine patches.
granulated, plug-cut, crimp-cut, ready-rubbed, and any form of Also included in this category are common substances abused as
tobacco suitable for smoking in a pipe or as a cigarette; chewing inhalants including hair spray, gasoline, butane, rubber cement, glue,
tobacco, including Cavendish, Twist, plug, scrap, and any kind of furniture polish, air fresheners, spray paint, liquid correction fluid,
tobacco used for chewing; and snuff or other preparations of inhalers, breath spray, felt tip markers, propane gas, cleaning fluids,
pulverized tobacco. tape head cleaners, aerosol whipped cream propellants, vegetable
sprays, paint-thinners, degreasers, and art or office supply solvents.
Marijuana -- Any part of a plant belonging to the genus cannabis,
including extracts, the resin, and synthetic equivalents [ 58-37- Drug Paraphernalia -- Any item used or intended for use in the
2(1)(v), UCA]. creation, distribution, or use of a controlled substance [Title 58,
Chapter 37a, UCA], e.g. syringes, bongs, roach clips, pipes, water
Some of the many slang terms include pot, herb, weed, boom, Mary pipes, clips, spoons, needles, etc.
Jane, gangster, or chronic. Hashish is a stronger form.
Other Drug Alcohol / Drug offenses that do not fit in any of the
Controlled Substance A drug or other substance regulated by the current categories. For example, the possession of any substance that
Controlled Substances Act [Title 58, chapter 37, UCA]. substantially resembles or is meant to represent any illegal drug or
unauthorized substance.
Examples include methamphetamine, LSD, designer drugs,
phencyclidine (PCP), heroin, etc. Unknown Drug-- A person who appears to be under the influence of
a psychoactive substance but the substance is unknown.
Also included in this category is the unauthorized possession or use
of a prescription drug such as amphetamines, barbiturates, Valium,
codeine, and Ritalin.

Other Offenses

Arson -- To unlawfully and intentionally cause damage to property felony or is reckless as to whether his presence will cause fear for the
by means of fire or explosives. (UCA 76-6-102) safety of another; or knowing his entry or presence is unlawful, he
enters or remains on property as to which notice is given. (UCA 76-
Bullying as per LEA Policy A violation of the LEA policy on 6-206)
bullying (new in 2006-2007). For more on bullying see the
Incident and Offender / Victim Data Definitions Bullying incidents Dangerous Material -- Any material that in its manner of use or
discussion above. intended use presents an unreasonable risk of substantial harm to
persons or property.
Burglary -- To unlawfully enter or remain in a building with the
intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault. (UCA76-6-202) Materials or devices which are intended to be used as weapons
should be coded under Weapons Violation Other Weapon, Firearm
Criminal Homicide (formerly Homicide) -- Causing the death of or Explosive Device.
another. A offender commits criminal homicide if he intentionally,
knowingly, recklessly, with criminal negligence, or acting with a Examples include:
mental state otherwise specified in the statute defining the offense, Explosive materials or blasting agents such as fireworks, black
causes the death of another human being. Criminal homicide is powder, etc.
aggravated murder, murder, manslaughter, child abuse homicide, Incendiary materials such as gasoline, butane, or other
homicide by assault, negligent homicide, or automobile homicide. flammable substances.
Report attempted Criminal Homicide as Aggravated Assault. Rocket-propelled projectiles such as model rockets or bottle
(UCA76-5-201) rockets.
Chemically reactive substances such as sulfuric acid, or
Criminal Trespass (formerly Trespassing / Loitering) -- To enter potentially harmful household or commercial products such as
or remain unlawfully on property and intending to cause annoyance pesticides and caustic cleaning agents
or injury or intending to commit any crime, other than theft or a

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Dangerous biological or biochemical organisms, agents, or offender and the victim are minors. See definition of consent in
products such as snakes, nerve gas, pepper spray, etc. Assault Violations section.
Dangerous common mechanisms (i.e., a bear trap) or common
articles configured in potentially dangerous ways (i.e., A sexual offense is forcible if the victim is a minor and the offender
containers under extremely high pressure). is an adult and should be coded as Sexual Assault (See Assault
Any device which discharges chemical irritant or tear gas, section).
including smoke grenades.
Examples include: verbal comments (about parts of the body,
Disorderly Conduct -- Conduct which the offender knows or clothing, etc.), sexual or dirty jokes, the display of offensive or sexual
reasonably should know may, without good cause, result in comics or pictures, leering, pinching, indecent exposure, using school
unreasonable inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm. (UCA76-9-102) computers to leave sexual messages or other inappropriate usage
related to any of the above.
Examples include serious instances of classroom or campus
disruption, such as pulling the fire alarm, defiance of authority, Terroristic Threat -- A threat to engage in an action posing a
disobeying or showing disrespect to others, using obscene or substantial risk of significant injury or harm to persons or property,
inappropriate language or gestures, dress code violations, and e.g. a threat involving a real or purported bomb, arson attack, or
disruptive demonstrations. deadly or incapacitating substance. (UCA 76-5-107)

Kidnapping -- To unlawfully, and against the will of the victim, Threat / Intimidation -- to express an intent, through word or action,
restrain or detain a person for a substantial period or under to inflict harm upon another person or another persons property.
circumstances exposing the person to a substantial risk of injury. In
the case of a minor, against the will includes an act undertaken Examples include stalking or threats to beat someone up. For threats
without the consent of the minors parent or guardian. [UCA76-5- involving bombs or arson, see Terroristic Threat.
301]
Truancy -- Unauthorized absence from an assigned class or activity
Theft (formerly Larceny/Theft) -- To obtain or exercise during school hours. For reporting purposes, include any truancy
unauthorized control over property with the intent to deprive the where parents are notified in writing or any other administrative
lawful owner or possessor of possession or use. (UCA 76-6-404) action is taken.

Actual or Attempted Robbery -- To attempt or unlawfully and Criminal Mischief (formerly Vandalism / Property Damage) -- To
intentionally take personal property in the possession of another from damage or destroy property with the intention of defrauding an
his person, or immediate presence, against that persons will, by insurer, intentionally tampering with anothers property and as a
means of force or fear in the course of committing a theft, result endangers human life, health or safety or recklessly causes or
commissioning of a theft, or the immediate flight after the attempt or threaten communication, banking, transportation, utility, healthcare
commission of a theft (UCA 76-6-301) or emergency response facilities, food services, or other government
operations; or intentionally damages or defaces anothers property or
Sexual Offenses, Non-forcible Any act undertaken with the intent willfully shoots a missile or object at a vehicle moving or standing.
to arouse or gratify the sexual desire or offend the sensibilities of any (UCA 76-6-106)
person, involving: (a) the touching, whether through clothing or not,
of anothers genitals, buttocks, or anus, or the breast of a female,; (b) Examples include: graffiti, destroying school computer records,
exposure of ones own or anothers underclothing, genitals, buttocks, carving initials or words in desk tops, spray painting on walls, or
or female breast; (c) sexual comments, gestures, actions or writings throwing items at school buses or other vehicles.
which the offender knows or reasonably should know are offensive
and inappropriate; (d) display of lewd or indecent pictures or Other (or Not Classified) -- Violations that do not fit into the current
writings. A sexual offense involving an act described here, is non- offense categories. For example: violation of school rules against
forcible if the persons involved consent to the act and both the carrying a beeper or pager.

Weapons Violations

Types and Weapons and Types of Violations -- For each category projectile with deadly force or a Knife or Sharpened
of Weapons Violation indicated (i.e., Handgun, Rifle/Shotgun, Knife Edge capable of cutting.).
/Sharpened Edge, etc.), select the Type of Weapon (Real or Look- Look-Alike object, device or instrument having or made
Alike) and Type of Violation (Used, Threatened Use, Possession). to have the appearance of a weapon. Examples include
weapons that are broken or non-functional, toy guns and
Note: Several of the Assault Violations (Aggravated Assault, knives, devices made to look like bombs, and any object
Aggravated Sexual Assault, and Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a that is a non-functioning facsimile of a real weapon.
Child) as well as most of the Other Offenses (Arson, Burglary,
Actual/Attempted Robbery, Threat/Intimidation, Dangerous Material, Type of Violation Select one of the following (ordered from
Criminal Homicide, Kidnapping, Terroristic Threat, and Criminal most to least severe): Used, Threatened Use, or Possession. If
Mischief) may involve the use or threatened use of a weapon. If so, two apply, select the more severe violation to report.
please mark both of these offenses. Use or threatened use of a Used The weapon was employed (i.e., a handgun was
weapon will rarely occur in isolation. However, possession of a fired, a stabbing or attempted stabbing took place, an
weapon may occur in isolation. explosive device was detonated, etc.).
Threatened The weapon (or look alike) was brandished
Type of Weapon Select either Real or Look-Alike. If both a or its presence made known and an intention to use was
real and look-alike weapon are possessed (i.e., real handgun and indicated.
look alike handgun), select Real. Possession -- Having real or look alike weapons on their
Real A weapon capable of performing the action implied person, in their locker, under their control, or in their
by its category (i.e., A handgun capable of firing a custody.
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(3) The term firearm means
Categories of Weapons There are five categories of weapons in (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed
the system: Handgun; Rifle/Shotgun; BB/Pellet Gun; to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of
an explosive;
Knife/Sharpened Edge; and Other Weapon, Firearm or Explosive
(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
Device.
(C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
(D) any destructive device. Such term does not include an antique
Handgun -- A firearm having a short stock designed to be held and firearm.
fired by the use of a single hand and easily concealed upon the (4) The term destructive device means
person. (A) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas
(i) bomb,
Examples include pistols, derringers, and revolvers. (ii) grenade,
(iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four
Rifle -- A weapon intended to be fired from the shoulder and to use ounces,
(iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of
the energy of the explosive in a fixed metallic cartridge to fire a
more than one-quarter ounce,
projectile through a rifled bore. (v) mine, or
(vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the
Shotgun -- A weapon intended to be fired from the shoulder and to preceding clauses;
use the energy of the explosive in a shotgun shell to fire either a (B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell
number of ball shot or a single slug through a smooth bore. which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as
particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name
BB or Pellet Gun -- Weapons where a small BB, pellet, or other known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a
projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and
projectile (usually 18 caliber or less) is fired through the use of a
which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in
powerful spring or compressed gas mechanism. diameter; and
(C) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in
Knife / Sharpened Edge -- Any object with a sharpened edge such converting any device into any destructive device described in
as a knife, bayonet, razor blade, machete, sword, etc. Objects with subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device may
sharpened points such as scissors, darts, spikes, nails, and pencils are be readily assembled.
other weapons
Clarifications of this definition from the federal report indicates that
Other Weapon, Firearm or Explosive Device All other weapons. this definition does not apply to items such as toy guns, cap guns, bb
All objects, devices, instruments, materials, or substances, whether guns, and pellet guns.
animate or inanimate, used or intended to be used to inflict death or
serious bodily injury that do not fit in the previous categories. Also, from Guidance Concerning State and Local Responsibilities
Under the Gun-Free Schools Act,:
Examples include:
Explosive or incendiary devices, rockets, missiles, etc. The Secretary interprets the GFSA to allow local school districts to
permit firearms at school when students are participating in school-
Dangerous materials intended to be used or actually used to
sponsored or authorized activities that involve firearms. Similarly, based
inflict harm on or intimidate any person. For examples, see the on the legislative history, the Secretary interprets the GFSA not to forbid
Dangerous Material definition. school districts from allowing firearms at school when students intend to
Objects used as weapons pencils, broken bottles or glass, use firearms solely for before or after school hunting purposes,
chains, rocks, clubs, tire irons, darts, nails, rope, automobile, etc. providing the school district's determination to permit firearms is made
Unconventional weapons spear gun, dart gun, sling shot, bow and disseminated in advance, as part of LEA policy, and is consistent
and arrow, cross bow, spear, martial arts weapons (nunchakus, with the intent and purposes of the GFSA to prevent violence and create
an environment conducive to learning. For example, if a local school
throwing stars, etc.), electrical weapons or devices (stun guns,
district approves an extracurricular program such as a rifle club, or
zip guns, etc.), blow guns, tear gas, pepper spray, etc. allows students to bring firearms solely for before or after school
hunting, the activities would not violate the GFSA if the school district:
Some of this category may be considered as firearms under the Gun- determines that the activity is consistent with the intent and
Free Schools Act. See below for more information. purposes of the GFSA; and
provides notice as part of its Gun-Free Schools policy that
Note: When selecting this category, be sure to fill in the field the activities are approved and authorized; and
describing this weapon. adopts appropriate safeguards to ensure student safety.
If any firearms are to be allowed for these limited purposes, local school
districts are cautioned to consider all applicable local, State, and Federal
Is this a Gun-Free Schools Act Weapon Violation? Each year,
laws pertaining to the possession of firearms. In particular, school
Utah must report data on Gun-Free Schools Act (GFSA) weapons districts should be aware that Federal and some State laws prohibiting
violations. This question will help us do a better job creating that juveniles from possessing handguns may be applicable. School districts
report from the incident data. that permit students to bring firearms to school for these limited
purposes must adopt appropriate safeguards to ensure student safety,
Each time a weapons violation is entered, the question must be consistent with the purposes of the GFSA.
answered: Is this a GFSA weapon violation? For real handguns,
rifles, and shotguns, the answer is yes. For other weapon violations, This document also adds additional clarifications:
the answer is more complicated. Antique firearms are not included in the definition.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has advised
In order to answer this question, the LEA must determine if the that Class-C common fireworks are not included in the
weapon fits the federal definition of a firearm. The GFSA references definition of weapon.
the federal definition for firearm as defined in Section 921 of Title 18 The definition of firearm does not include knives.
of the United States Code. The applicable section of this code is:

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Action(s) Taken

Actions Taken This section is used to indicate the administrative actions taken for the offender. They are broken out by immediate actions (actions
taken immediately following the incident) and long-term actions (actions taken as a result of a hearing or administrative process)

Some actions require that the number of days be entered. In all cases, this is the number of school days. So rather than placing a student in an alternative
placement for one year, the number of days would by 180.

Parent Notified The notification of a parent or guardian either in


person, by phone, or in writing. Alternative Placement placement of a student into an educational
program located outside of the students regular school. Examples include
Suspension Suspension may be immediate and/or long term. alternative education classroom (AEC) or alternative schools.

Note: If the offender is suspended both immediately and long-term, be Hearing Officer Removal This action usually pertains to students with
certain that the days indicated for the long-term suspension are those that disabilities. A hearing officer can order a change of placement for a
are in addition to the short term suspension, i.e., the total of immediate student with a disability to an appropriate interim alternative educational
days and long-term days should equal the total number of days setting for not more than forty-five (45) calendar days if the hearing
suspended. officer, in an expedited due process hearing: (a) determines that the school
or district has demonstrated by substantial evidence that maintaining the
In-School Suspension (ISS) The assignment of a student to a current placement of the student is substantially likely to result in injury to
restrictive program within the students regular school based upon the student or to others, (b) considers the appropriateness of the students
the students misbehavior. current placement, (c) considers whether the school or district has made
reasonable efforts to minimize the risk of harm in the students current
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) Prohibiting school attendance placement, including the use of supplementary aids and services, or (d)
for fewer than ten consecutive school days. For OSS, you must determines that the interim alternative educational setting that is proposed
select if the student is suspended with or without services. by school personnel who have consulted with the students special
education teacher was selected so as to enable the student to continue to
Expelled Expulsion refers to the removal of the student from his or her progress in the general curriculum and to continue to receive those services
school of residence (including alternative placement) with or without and modifications including those described in the students current
services for ten or more consecutive school days. The expulsion period Individualized Education Plan (IEP), that will enable the student to meet
used for determining whether a school is persistently dangerous is at least the goals set out in that IEP. The interim alternative educational setting
60 consecutive school days. must also include services and modifications designed to address the
behavior to prevent the behavior from recurring. (Utah Special Education
Referred to Law Enforcement Under circumstances amounting to an Rules, p.92-93).
incident of illegal behavior, a referral should be made to local law
enforcement. If you have information about the department (homicide, Other Actions, immediate or long term, that do not fit in one of the
drug, truancy), officer or case number, please include it on the incident and current categories. For example: Transportation suspension, a contract,
offense reporting form. community service, restitution, etc. If the action is for a period of time,
enter the number of school days.
Referred to a Program If the student is referred to a specific program such
as Youth in Custody or a District Youth Offenders program, please indicate
the name of the program.

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