Disciplinary Definitions

  • Downey Minor Behavior Definitions


    Inappropriate Language

    Undirected Profanity.Student engages in low-intensity instance of inappropriate language.

    Physical Contact

    Student engages in non-serious, but inappropriate physical contact.Pushing.

    Defiance, Disrespect, Insubordination, Non-Compliance

    Student engages in brief or low-intensity failure to respond to adult requests. Intimidation, Provoking Other Students, Teasing Students.Failure to Complete Work.


    Student engages in low-intensity, but inappropriate disruption.

    Dress Code Violation

    Student wears clothing that is near, but not within, the dress code guidelines defined by the school/district.

    Technology Violation

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


    Student arrives at class after the bell (or signal that class has started).

    Student arrives late to school.



    Eating in an unauthorized area


    Copying homework and/or cheating on an assessment

    Stealing Minor Items








    Downey MajorBehavior Definitions



    Directed Profanity

    Student delivers verbal messages that include swearing directly to another individual.


    Student is involved in mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence.

    Continued threats to peers/bullying

    Student delivers disrespectful messages* (verbal or gestural) to another person that includes threats and intimidation, obscene gestures, pictures, or written notes.

    *Disrespectful messages include negative comments based on race, religion, gender, age, and/or national origin; sustained or intense verbal attacks based on ethnic origin, disabilities or other personal matters.


    Student engages in 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.


    Student participates in an activity that results in destruction or disfigurement of property.


    Student is in possession of, having passed on, or being responsible for removing someone else's property or has signed a person’s name without that person’s permission.

    Use/possession of tobacco

    Student is in possession of or is using tobacco.

    Use/possession of alcohol

    Student is in possession of or is using alcohol.

    Use/possession of drugs

    Student is in possession of or is using illegal drugs/substances or imitations.

    Use/possession weapons or look alike

    Student is in possession of knives or guns (real or look alike), or other objects readily capable of causing bodily harm.

    Bomb threat/False Alarm

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


    Student plans and/or participates in malicious burning of property.

    On-Going Dress Code Violation

    Student wears clothing that does not fit within the dress code guidelines practiced by the school/district.







    Deliberately threatening/striking district employee, official, volunteer






    Chronic Minors


    Once a student has accumulated 3 minor referrals in 3 weeks.



    Any unlawful attempt or offer with force or violence to do bodily harm to another