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Staff Development and Training

Offender Rules and Regulations

Adult Disciplinary Policy and Code of Conduct for



Performance Objectives


4 levels of offenses according to the Adult Disciplinary Policy.

Identify how to utilize a “Warning” for Class C & Class D Minor Offenses (Adults).

Identify the deadline for submitting an Informal Conduct Report.

Identify the deadline for submitting a Report of Conduct.

Distinguish between a Minor and a Major Violation according to the Code of Conduct for Students.

Identify appropriate forms to use when documenting a Minor or Major Violation.


Identify two classifications of major violations according to the Code of Conduct for Students. Identify due process rights afforded offenders and students in disciplinary hearings.Identify disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed.Identify disciplinary sanctions that may not be imposed.

Performance Objectives



It is the objective of the Indiana Department of Correction to develop reasonable rules and regulations that are designed to encourage offenders committed to the Department to respect the rights of others and to encourage self-control, self-discipline,and assist offenders and students withcommunity reintegration.


Disciplinary action shall be taken when and to the degree that is necessary to manage the offender’s/student’s behavior within acceptable limits.Offender/student behavior shall be managed in an impartial manner.Disciplinary action shall not be retaliatory or for the purpose of revenge.

General Principles


Corporal punishment of any kind is strictly prohibited.An offender/student shall be afforded a hearing prior to determination of guilt or innocence or prior to the imposition of any disciplinary action, except for an “Informal Conduct Report” for adults or a Minor Violation Report for juveniles.Disciplinary sanctions shall be logged, dated, and signed by staff ordering the sanction(s), including room restrictions, suspensions of privileges or other restrictions.

General Principles


Class AClass BClass CClass D


Offenses are grouped into 4 severity classes:






“Warning”Staff may give an offender a warning for a Class C or D Minor Offense.

Class C or D Minor Offenses


Used to document Class “C” or “D” offenses when the offender admits responsibility for an action. Must be completed prior to the end of the staff person’s shift on the day of the incident whenever possible, and in no case later than 24 hours after the alleged offense.Destroyed (after review by Unit Management Team) when sanctions are completed, unless offender fails to complete the agreement

Informal Conduct Report (Adults)


Used when staff witnesses or has reason to believe that a rule violation has occurred and an Informal Conduct Report is not appropriate.When an offender has refused to sign a completed Informal Conduct Report or fails to complete the assigned sanction, a Conduct Report, Code 347, “Refusing an Order” may be written.Completed by the end of the reporting staff person’s shift whenever possible and submitted to immediate supervisor within 24 hours of the incident or knowledge of the incident.

Report of Conduct (Adult)


Minor Violation (Student)

Student behavior that can be addressed informally.Must be written prior to the end of an employee’s shift.


Making insulting, disrespectful, or derogatory remarks, gestures, or acts to or about any personMisrepresentations or lying to staff Careless misuse of any machinery, tools, equipment or propertyHorseplay: wrestling, rough contact, or roughhousing between youths that rises to the level of an incident but is not considered assault by staffOut-of-place within the facility/work study programFailure to follow facility guidelines and rulesArguing - involved in a heated discussion, staff is able to neutralizeLoaning, borrowing, or trading any property without staff permission

Reasons for Minor Violations


During room restriction or time out, visual contact with the student must be made and documented by staff every 15 minutes.Room restriction or time out shall not exceed 60 minutes.

Time Out/Room Restriction


Student )


Juvenile Conduct Report

Conduct Reports must be written within 24 hours of the occurrence unless the Facility Head or designee determines that an investigation of the alleged violation is needed.


Class A:AssaultCriminal ActFightingEscape/Walk-Away/AWOLRiotingTraffickingNonconsensual Sexual Act Against a VisitorNonconsensual Sexual Act Against Another Student

Nonconsensual Sexual Act Against StaffThreatening/IntimidatingDestruction of PropertyTheftFleeing/ResistingAbusive Sexual Contact Against Staff, Visitor, Another StudentSexual Conduct

Classes of Major Violations (Students)


Class B:False ReportingFailure to ComplyContraband/Prohibited PropertySexual Contact (kissing, hugging, handholding)


of Major Violations (Students)


Students have the right to:Remain silentA speedy hearingCall witnesses in his/her behalfRequest a staff person as lay advocateConfront accusers and/or witnessesWritten charges against him/her

Students and Due Process


Disciplinary HearingImpartial staff (minimum 3 staff)Within seven (7) working days from date/time Conduct Report screened for students not in restrictive housing.Within 72 hours from date/time Conduct Report screened for students in restrictive housing.

Students & Disciplinary Hearings


A student may appeal the findings of the hearing to the Facility Head or designee within 15 calendar days of the hearing.A student shall be advised of the outcome of his/her appeal within 5 working days of receipt of the appeal.The Facility Head is the final authority on disciplinary appeals.

Student Appeals



to a hearing with noticePresentation of witnesses or evidenceAssistance of a Lay AdvocateImpartial decision makerFindings of factAppeal

Due Process Rights” (Adults)


Each Facility Head shall appoint an employee(s) as Disciplinary Review Officer(s).The Disciplinary Review Officer will review the content of each REPORT OF CONDUCT.Determine if REPORT OF CONDUCT includes a charge of sexual conduct. If so, notify Facility PREA Coordinator for review of reports to initiate SART.Review of OIS Mental health Code and contact Mental Health professional of the facility if offender has a known mental health concern.


Review Officer


If an offender pleads guilty to ANY Conduct Report (adult) or major (juvenile), and waives the right to a 24 hour notice of hearing, the Disciplinary Review Officer may conduct the disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary Review Officer Hearing


Each facility will establish one or more Disciplinary Hearing Officers.The Disciplinary Hearing Officer shall: Call witnesses Hear testimony Review evidence of the incident

Disciplinary Review Officer Hearing


Written or verbal reprimandExtra workLoss or limitation of privilegesPlaced on Room/Cell/Housing Assignment ConfinementPlaced on Building ConfinementChange in work or housing assignmentAssigned Facility Community Service Goals

Possible Sanctions (Adults Only)



Recommendations for a change in security level or transferDisciplinary segregationReassignment to a lower credit class and/or deprivation of specified credit time

Possible Sanctions (Adults Only)


Corporal punishmentConfinement without at least 1 hour of exercise outside the offender’s immediate living quarters 5 days per week (adults)A substantial change in heating, lighting, or ventilationRestrictions on clothing, bedding, mail, reading/writing materials, or the use of hygienic facilities

Unlawful Sanctions


Restricting access to:Medical/mental health/dental careCourts/legal counselGovernment officials or grievance proceedingsDeviation from the diet providedHumiliation, mental abuse, or punitive interference with the daily functions of living, such as eating or sleeping

Unlawful Sanctions


If an offender is demoted a credit class, the Disciplinary Hearing Officer shall review the credit class 90 days from the date of the guilty finding.

Credit Class Review (Adults Only)


Offenders may petition for the restoration of their earned credit time deprived as a result of disciplinary action only once every 6 calendar months from the date of their last petition.

Restoration of Earned Credit Time (Adult Only)


If you have any questions, please contact your Community Involvement Coordinator

Congratulations!You have completed the module on, “Adult Disciplinary Policy/Code of Conduct for Students.”

Staff Development and Training

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