Zero-tolerance policy

A zero-tolerance policy is a code that governs student behavior in elementary, high school and university settings. Students who break the zero-tolerance policy may face various disciplinary sanctions, from suspension for a single day to expulsion.

Zero-tolerance policy explained

A zero-tolerance policy is a set or guidelines that a student must adhere to at an educational institution. Otherwise, they could face punishment. Zero-tolerance policies are common in elementary and high schools. They prohibit weapons, drugs and other illegal substances from school property.

Zero-tolerance policies at colleges and universities include a ban against violence, sexism or racism as well as homophobia and general prejudice against students or staff members. Some educators may also establish a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism or cheating by students.