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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-608. Prohibition of Corporal Punishment in Utah's Public Schools.

As in effect on December 1, 2016

Table of Contents

R277-608-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. "Corporal punishment" means the intentional infliction of physical pain upon the body of a minor child as a disciplinary measure.

C. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, charter schools, and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

D. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

R277-608-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests the general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities and Sections 53A-11-801 through 53A-11-805 which provide guidelines for the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force in educational settings.

B. The purpose of this rule is to direct LEAs to have policies in place that prohibit corporal punishment consistent with the law.

R277-608-3. Reporting Requirements.

A. Each LEA shall incorporate in the LEA plan submitted to the USOE annually, the prohibition of corporal punishment consistent with the law.

B. An LEA policy shall incorporate a prohibition of corporal punishment consistent with the law, appropriate sanctions and appeal procedures for LEA employees disciplined under this rule and the corresponding state statute.

R277-608-4. Special Education Exception(s) to this Rule.

LEAs shall have in place, as part of their LEA special education plans, procedures or manuals, criteria and procedures for using appropriate behavior reduction intervention in accordance with state and federal law.


students' rights, disciplinary problems, teachers

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 10, 2012

Notice of Continuation

August 14, 2012

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-401(3); 53A-11-801 through 805

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.