Prohibition of Corporal Punishment


This policy is authorized by Section 53A-3-401(14)(a) which allows the Board to make and enforce rules necessary for the control and management of the district schools.

The following policy and procedure governs the prohibition of corporal punishment as outlined in

53A-11-801, U.C.A. 1953.


1. Definitions: the following terms shall be defined as:

A. Student: a person who is receiving educational services from a school.

B. Corporal punishment: the intentional infliction of physical pain upon the body of a                  student as a disciplinary measure.

C. School: any public or private elementary or secondary school

D. Employee: each person employed part-time, full-time, or intermittently by the                    school, whose wages or salary are paid by the school.


2. A school employee may not inflict or cause the infliction of corporal punishment upon a student receiving services from the school.


3. This section does not prohibit the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force in self -defense or otherwise appropriate circumstances to:

A. obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object in the possession or under the    control of a student,

B. protect a student, employee, or another person from physical injury,

C. remove from a situation a student who is violent, or



4. No other rule, policy, or practice, may require an employee to use corporal punishment under any circumstances. An employee may not be sanctioned for failure or refusal to use corporal punishment.


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