McNair Scholars Research Journal


This research will discuss the use of “zero tolerance policies” in public schools across America. These policies have been shown to adversely affect students from urban backgrounds, particularly minority males and those with disabilities. Equally, the use of out-of-school suspension is statistically proven to have a negative impact on high school completion, often resulting in criminal activity and future incarceration for these students, a phenomenon described as the “school-to-prison pipeline.” This research will discuss the history of zero tolerance policies, reveal bias in their use, and review alternative solutions that have proven successful.