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Secondary Discipline Matrix

The Renton School District practices progressive discipline except in cases deemed as exceptional misconduct and except for the limitations per district policy, including with regard to the qualifiers for non-discretionary discipline. Exceptional misconduct is defined as misconduct other than absenteeism that is frequent in occurrence, or is serious in nature, and/or is disruptive to the operation of the school. Notification of law enforcement will be considered in exceptional misconduct cases. In some circumstances, a student will be emergency expelled as a first response due to immediate and ongoing safety concerns related to the student’s behavior. All discipline applies to misconduct during the school day, at school sponsored activities, while on school grounds, or on school buses or vehicles provided by the district.

Non-discretionary discipline:

Suspensions (including long-term suspensions) and expulsions may be imposed for any of the following student behaviors (non-discretionary discipline):

  1.  Having a firearm on school property or school transportation in violation of RCW 28A.600.420 (which results in an expulsion for one year);
  2. Any of the following offenses listed in RCW 13.04.155, including
    1. any violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, including
      1. any felony that Washington law defines as a class A felony or an attempt, criminal conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a class A felony;
      2. manslaughter;
      3. indecent liberties committed by forcible compulsion;
      4. kidnapping;
      5. arson;
      6. assault in the second degree;
      7. assault of a child in the second degree;
      8. robbery;
      9. drive-by shooting; or
      10. vehicular homicide or vehicular assault caused by driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or by operating a vehicle in a reckless manner;
    2. Any sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, which includes any felony violation of chapter 9A.44 RCW (other than failure to registered as a sex offender in violation of 9A.44.132), including rape, rape of a child, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, indecent liberties, voyeurism, and any felony conviction or adjudication with a sexual motivation finding
    3. inhaling toxic fumes in violation of chapter 9.47A RCW;
    4. any controlled substance violation of chapter 69.50 RCW;
    5. any liquor violation of RCW 66.44.270;
    6. any weapons violation of chapter 9.41 RCW, including having a dangerous weapon at school in violation of RCW 9.41.280;
    7. any violation of chapter 9A.36 RCW, including assault, malicious harassment, drive-by shooting, reckless endangerment, promoting a suicide attempt, coercion, assault of a child, custodial assault, and failing to summon assistance for an injured victim of a crime in need of assistance;
    8. any violation of chapter 9A.40 RCW, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring, and human trafficking;
    9. any violation of chapter 9A.46 RCW, including harassment, stalking, and criminal gang intimidation; and/or
    10. any violation of chapter 9A.48 RCW, including arson, reckless burning, malicious mischief, and criminal street gang tagging and graffiti;     
  3. Two or more violations of the following within a three-year period
    1. criminal gang intimidation in violation of RCW 9A.46.120:
    2. gang activity on school grounds in violation of RCW 28A.600.455;
    3. willfully disobeying school administrative personnel in violation of RCW 28A.635.020; and
    4. defacing or injuring school property in violation of RCW 28A.635.060; and
  4. Any student behavior that adversely affects the health or safety of other students or educational staff.

Secondary Discipline Matrix:

Offense

 

School Discipline

Short-Term Suspension

(STS)

Long-Term Suspension

(LTS)

Expulsion/ Emergency Expulsion

Notification of Non -School Agency

Abusive Language/Inappropriate Language/Profanity

 

Student delivers verbal message(s) toward other student(s) or school staff that include(s) swearing, name calling, or use of words in an obscene, abusive, patently offensive manner.

 

Common codes:

AIL – Abusive/Inappropriate Language

ALS – Abusive Language Staff

OBA – Obscene Acts

VC – Verbal Conflict

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Discipline other than Suspension

 

STANDARD RANGE:  0-10 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Subsequent action taken by student to make amends for misconduct

 

 

 

 AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Part of a pattern of similar misconduct documented in discipline records
  • Substantial disruption to learning of others
  • Student attempts to solicit or incite others to engage in behavior
  • Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of school personnel or students

 

 

Arson/Setting Fire

 

Any intentional or reckless setting of a fire or other burning of personal or public property.  “Reckless” means that the student understood, but acted with disregard for, the consequences of his or her conduct.   

 

Common Codes:

ARS - Arson

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Short-Term Suspension of 5 or More Days

 

STANDARD RANGE: STS to LTS depending on incident.

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Minimal damage
  • Little potential of harm
  • Student’s intent or purpose
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Student attempted, but failed to or was prevented from, carrying out the conduct

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Significant property damage
  • Potential of serious harm
  • Intent or purpose in setting fire
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • The student’s presence on campus is determined to be a threat to the safety of others.

 

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*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Bomb Threat

 

Student delivers a message of possible explosive materials being on campus, near campus and/or pending explosion.

 

Common Codes:

BTH – Bomb Threat

See sanctions and mitigating/aggravating factors for Arson, with consequence determined by administrator based on severity.  Law enforcement may also be contacted to report a violation of RCW 9.61.160 (per state law, a bomb threat is codified as a class B felony, which can entail a sentence of up to ten years in a state correctional institution if convicted as an adult).

 

 

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Dangerous/Unsafe Behavior

 

Behavior that may reasonably result in injury to self or others.

 

Common Codes:

HSV – Health/Safety Violation

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Discipline other than Suspension

 

STANDARD RANGE: 0-10 Day Suspension

 

See mitigating/aggravating factors for Defiance.  Corrective action determined by administrator based on severity of incident.

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Defiance/Insubordination/Non-Compliance

 

Refusal to obey reasonable requests, instructions, and directives of any school personnel, including volunteers or contractors working for the school.  Defiance includes dress or appearance in violation of Policy 3224 that the student either refuses to correct at the directive of a school administrator, or that is a persistent and repeated violation of Policy 3224. Defiance of school authority can also include intentional disruptive behavior.

 

Common Codes:

DD – Defiance/Attitude

DG – Disruption, General

INS – Insubordination

VC – Verbal Conflict

 

 

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Discipline other than Suspension

 

STANDARD RANGE: 0-10 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Subsequent action taken by student to make amends for misconduct with school personnel

 

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Part of a pattern of similar misconduct documented in discipline records of student
  • Substantial disruption to learning of others
  • Student attempts to solicit or incite others to engage in defiant behavior 
  • Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of school personnel or students

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

 

Disrupting the Educational Process

 

Behavior causing an interruption in a class or activity. Disruption includes sustained loud talk, yelling, or screaming noise with materials; horseplay or roughhousing; and/or sustained out-of-seat behavior.  Disruption may also include obstructing entrances/exits, substantially interfering with any class or school activity, cheating, extortion, theft, forgery, fighting, gambling, gang-related behavior, harassment, inappropriate dress, trespassing, using any object in a dangerous manner, or intentionally destroying or defacing the property of another.

 

Common Codes:

DG – Disruption, General

EM – Excessive Misconduct

THO – Throwing Objects

 

See sanctions and mitigating/aggravating factors for Defiance.

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Drugs - Possessing/Using

 

Possessing/using/under the influence of illegal chemical substances, paraphernalia, mood-altering substances, alcohol, or imitations.

 

Common Codes:

ALC – Alcohol

IDP – Illicit Drugs – Possession/Influence

MJP – Marijuana – Possession/Influence

First Offense: 45 day LTS, reduced to 5 days if student agrees to a D&A Assessment and follows recommendations.

 

Second Offense: 90 day/remainder of semester LTS. May be reduced to 20 days if student agrees to complete a D&A assessment and follows the recommendations.

 

Subsequence Offenses: Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION FOR POSSESSION OR USE: 

Secondary: Short-Term Suspension of 5 Days

 

STANDARD RANGE Secondary: 5-20 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • ·Student’s cooperation in completing Drug/Alcohol assessment in a timely manner and following recommendations

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Part of a pattern of similar misconduct
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • Substantial disruption to learning of others caused by student’s use/possession

 

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*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Drugs – Distribution/Selling

 

Distribution and/or selling of alcohol/illegal chemical substances, mood altering substances, weapons, paraphernalia, or imitations of the aforementioned items.

 

Common Codes:

IDD – Illicit Drugs – Distribution

MJD – Marijuana – Distribution

ALC – Alcohol

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION FOR DISTRIBUTION: 

Secondary: Long-Term Suspension of 20 Days

 

STANDARD RANGE Secondary: 11-20 Day Suspension

 

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • Evidence that volume would exceed anticipated single use
  • Evidence of sophistication or pre-planning
  • Evidence of distribution or intent to distribute prohibited substances
  • The substance is heroin or another similar opiate (including methadone, oxycodone, etc.), cocaine, methamphetamine, or a similar substance designated as a schedule I or schedule II controlled substance with the potential for significant harm and addiction
  • Distribution has been to 2 or more students
  • Conduct is related to gang affiliation

 

 

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Fighting/Assault

 

Actual or attempted hitting, striking or other wrongful physical contact inflicted on another either directly or indirectly through an object. For verbal threats, see Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying.

Includes instigating, promoting (including promotion by presence as a spectator), and escalating a fight, as well as the failure to disperse at the scene of a fight.

 

Common Codes:

FWN – Fighting w/out Injury (No Weapon)

FWW – Fighting w/out Injury (Weapon)

IN – Instigation/Perpetuation

AWN – Attack w/out Injury (No Weapon)

AWW – Attack w/out Injury (Weapon)

VMI – Violence w/ Major Injury

Depending on circumstances, steps may be skipped (i.e., fight/assault with gang implications). Subsequent violations within 36 months may be considered cumulative if the incident meets policy thresholds.

 

First Offense: 3-5 day STS.

 

Second Offense: 7-10 day STS.

 

Subsequent Offenses: STS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion depending on incident.

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Short-Term Suspension of 5 Days

 

STANDARD RANGE: 3-10 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Minimal injury or damage
  • Student was primarily acting defensively, but facts do not support a conclusion that the student’s conduct was clearly reasonable self-defense as set forth below
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Serious actual or potential injury
  • Warned not to engage by school administration prior to incident
  • Use of an object or weapon
  • Premeditated conduct
  • Multiple students assaulting a single student
  • Prior assault(s), threat(s), harassment, or bullying by the student against the same victim
  • Exceptional severity or cruelty
  • Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of the victim
  • Conduct is motivated by actual or perceived gang rivalry or affiliation
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions

 

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Forgery

 

Copying and/or falsifying materials/signatures and/or other information or objects.

 

Common Codes:

FRG – Forgery

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Discipline other than Suspension

 

STANDARD RANGE:  0-10 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Property returned to victim
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution to district or victim of misconduct

 

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Significant damage in extent or cost
  • Similar previous conduct
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of the victim
  • Conduct is motivated by gang affiliation

 

 

Gang Affiliation/Display

 

For school discipline purposes includes:

  • the creation, display, or communication of gestures, language, imagery, or symbols as defined below commonly associated with gang culture
  • the promotion of gang culture and/or gang violence, and/or
  • the solicitation or recruitment of gang members.

Gang imagery and symbols include, but are not limited to:

  • apparel (including shoelaces, bandanas, belts, or hats) which by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attributes indicate or imply gang membership or affiliation
  • displays of gang affiliation on personal belongings including clothing, school assignments, notebooks, body, etc.

 

Common Codes:

RG – Rule Violation, General

DG – Disruption, General

 

Warning to Expulsion. Any affiliated items will be confiscated for law enforcement.

 

First Offense: Warning to STS.

 

Second Offense: STS to LTS

 

Subsequent Offenses: LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Discipline other than Suspension

 

STANDARD RANGE: 0-10 Day Suspension

 

 MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand  potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution for property damaged or defaced with gang imagery, symbols, or language

 

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Similar previous conduct
  • Concerted action with other students or non-students
  • Gang conduct in connection with other misconduct prohibited elsewhere by this procedure, including but not limited to assault, harassment, intimidation, bullying, theft, and the possession of weapons
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (including incidents involving technology)

 

For school discipline purposes, “harassment, intimidation, and bullying” includes:

  • intentional hurtful, threatening, or intimidating verbal and/or physical conduct in violation of district policy 3207 and procedure 3207P;
  • unsolicited or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that is harassing or intimidating that can be of a sexual, religious, racial or ethnic nature, or based on disability; 
  • a threat to cause bodily injury, property damage, or to cause the physical confinement or restraint of the person threatened, or any other act causing substantial harm to the physical or mental health of the person threatened.

 

Common Codes:

TPN – Threats of Physical Attack (No Weapon)

TPW – Threats of Physical Attack (Weapon)

SH – Sexual Harassment

HBC – Harassment/Bullying Religion

HBS – Harassment/Bullying Sexual Orientation

HBD – Harassment/Bullying Disability

HBG – Harassment/Bullying Gender

HBR – Harassment/Bullying Race

HBO – Harassment/Bullying Other

Retaliation is a separate offense and will lead to corrective disciplinary action for the offender, with consequences determined by administrator based on severity.

 

First Offense: Warning to STS.

 

Second Offense: STS to LTS.

 

Subsequent Offenses: LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Short-Term Suspension of 1 or more days.

 

STANDARD RANGE: 0-20 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Subsequent action taken by student to make amends for misconduct with the victim

 

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Threat of serious injury
  • Use of an object or weapon
  • Premeditated conduct
  • Part of a pattern of similar misconduct against the same victim
  • Prior assault(s) threat(s), harassment, or bullying by the student against the same victim
  • Exceptional severity or cruelty
  • Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of the victim
  • Conduct is motivated by actual or perceived gang rivalry or affiliation
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Information and Other Electronics Violation

 

Student engages in inappropriate (as defined by school) use of cell phone, pager, music/video players, camera, and/or computers.

 

Common Codes:

II – Internet Infraction

RG – Rule Violation, General

See sanctions and mitigating/aggravating factors for Defiance.

 

 

Retaliation

 

Student does something intentionally harmful to someone who has hurt them in some way; for example, taking revenge against another person who had reported misconduct.

 

Common Codes:

IN – Instigation/Perpetuation

Consequences determined by administrator based on severity.

 

First Offense: Warning to STS.

 

Second Offense: STS to LTS.

 

Subsequent Offenses: LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Sexting

 

Sending, sharing, viewing or possessing pictures, text messages, emails or other material depicting sexually explicit conduct, in electronic or any other form on a cell phone or other electronic device.

 

Common Codes:

SM – Sexual Misconduct

 

See sanctions and mitigating/aggravating factors for Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying.

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Theft/Stealing

 

Possession of another person's or district property, regardless of value, without the person's permission with the intent to deprive the owner of such property.  As part of the sanction, restitution will usually be required.

 

Common Codes:

THF – Theft/Possession of Stolen Property

First Offense: 1-10 day STS.

 

Second Offense: STS.

 

Subsequent Offenses: STS. Consequences may be reduced if restitution is paid or item returned.

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Short-Term Suspension of 2 Days

Restitution may be required if property is not recovered/returned.

 

STANDARD RANGE: 1-10 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Property returned to victim
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution to district or victim of misconduct

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Significant damage in extent or cost
  • Similar previous conduct
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • Conduct is motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of the victim
  • Conduct is motivated by gang affiliation

 

 

 

Tobacco/Nicotine Products

 

Smoking, use of tobacco products or products containing nicotine, or possession of tobacco products on the school premises or at school-sponsored functions.

 

Common Codes:

TOB - Tobacco

 

First Offense:  Complete Tobacco Intervention Packet, which may occur within In-School Suspension program [Refusal or failure to complete Tobacco Intervention Packet shall be considered a tobacco related offense for which the student may receive school discipline sanctions as set forth in Defiance section.]

 

Second Offense: Complete Tobacco Intervention Packet, which may occur within In-School Suspension program, and attend extended after school detention.  [Refusal to complete Tobacco Intervention Packet shall be considered a tobacco related offense for which the student may receive school discipline that includes short-term suspension with days that may be held in abeyance for completion of community service].

 

Third Offense: Complete Tobacco Intervention Packet, which may occur within In-School Suspension program, and attend extended after school detention. [Refusal to complete Tobacco Intervention Packet shall be considered a tobacco related offense for which students may receive school discipline that includes short-term suspension with days that may be held in abeyance for completion of community service].

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Vandalism/Damaging School Property

 

The unauthorized, intentional damage to district property or the property of others (other than arson, above).

 

Common Codes:

BE – Break and Enter

FET – Fire Equipment Tampering

VND – Vandalism

 

First Offense:  3-5 day STS.

 

Second Offense: 7 day STS to LTS.

 

Subsequent Offenses: LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion. Depending on circumstances, steps may be skipped or law enforcement contacted.

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Short-Term Suspension of 3 Days.

Restitution may be required.

 

STANDARD RANGE:  0-10 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • Minimal damage
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Subsequent remedial steps, including restitution to district or victim of misconduct

 

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Significant damage in extent or cost
  • Similar previous conduct
  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • Property defaced with:
    • lewd or obscene words or imagery
    • words or imagery containing slurs or negative reference to the race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disability of others
    • gang-related words or imagery

 

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline

Weapons (including laser pens/pointers)

 

Possession, brandishing, or use of weapons or explosive devices (real or look-alike) in violation of district policy 4120, including firearms, dangerous weapons, and other items listed within that policy. This includes when a student acts with malice as defined under RCW 9A.04.110 and displays a device that appears to be a firearm

 

Common Codes:

WPA – Air Powered Guns

WPH – Handgun

WPS – Shotgun/Rifle

WPM – Multiple Firearms

WPF – Other Firearm

WPK – Knives/Daggers

WPO – Other Weapon

Consequences determined by administrator based on severity.

 

*Weapons violation involving a firearm will result in a minimum 1-year expulsion per RCW 28A.600.420.

 

PRESUMPTIVE STANDARD SANCTION: 

Secondary: Long-Term Suspension of 11+ Days

 

STANDARD RANGE:  0-20 Day Suspension

 

MITIGATING FACTORS: 

  • No prior documented misconduct
  • No injury or damage caused
  • No evidence that student intended to display or use the weapon
  • The weapon is a small pocketknife with a blade 3 inches or less
  • Student’s age and/or inability to understand potential consequences of the conduct
  • Admitted or self-reported conduct
  • Student offers credible evidence that he or she had the weapon for legitimate purposes away from school and unintentionally brought the object to school
  • Possession of a laser pointer with no use/activation of the laser

  

AGGRAVATING FACTORS:

  • Previous discipline record of student warranting progressive sanctions
  • Student used the weapon in furtherance of an assault, to intimidate another, cause injury, and/or to cause physical damage to property
  • Student displayed, activated or discharged the weapon in a reckless manner
  • Evidence of premeditation
  • Display or use of the weapon was motivated by perceived race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, or any similar actual or perceived characteristic of a person intimidated or assaulted
  • Conduct is motivated by actual or perceived gang rivalry or affiliation
  • The weapon is an air gun or firearm.
  • The object appears to be a firearm and the student displaying or using the object does so with malice

 

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*only for nondiscretionary discipline

*only for nondiscretionary discipline