New Guidance Helps Schools Support Students with Disabilities and Avoid Discriminatory Use of Discipline (Office of Civil Rights) July 2022


The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of new guidance from its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to help public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline.

These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery.

This guidance is available in Spanish.


All Disabilities Behavior Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) State/National Organizations