Yes, however, if a student is up for expulsion and has an active IEP, a manifestation determination IEP meeting must be held in order to determine if the incident was a direct result of the student’s disability. If the IEP team determines that it was caused by the student’s disability, he/she cannot be expelled. However, if the IEP team decides that the incident was not related to the disability, the expulsion can proceed. If a student possesses, uses or sells drugs on campus or brings a weapon on campus, they can be expelled regardless of their disability. Remember that being expelled means the child has been removed from the school district. It does not mean that the child no longer attends school. Usually, students who have been expelled receive their education at an alternative site provided by the County Department of Education.