Suspension (punishment)

Suspension is paid or unpaid time away from the workplace as ordered by the employer in order for a workplace investigation to take place, or as a disciplinary measure for infractions of company policy. It is also a temporary exclusion from school.


Suspension is a common practice in the workplace for being in violation of an organization's policy, or major breaches of policy. Work suspensions occur when a business manager or supervisor deems an action of an employee, whether intentional or unintentional, to be a violation of policy that should result in a course of punishment, and when the employee's absence during the suspension period does not affect the company. This form of action hurts the employee because s/he will have no hours of work during the suspended period and therefore will not get paid, unless the suspension is with pay, or is challenged and subsequently overturned. Some jobs, which pay on salary, may have paid suspensions, in which the affected worker will be prevented from coming to work but will still receive pay. Generally, suspensions are deemed most effective if the affected worker remains unpaid. Suspensions are usually given after other means of counseling statements have been exhausted, but some violations may result in immediate suspension. Suspensions are tracked, and any number of them, even one may prevent one from receiving raises, bonuses or promotions, or could cause dismissal from the company.

Suspension clauses are common components of collective bargaining agreements. Suspensions may be challenged by employees in unionized organizations through the filing of a grievance.

Suspension on full pay can also be used when an employee needs to be removed from the workplace to avoid prejudicing an investigation. This is used not as a punishment, but in the employer's best interest. For example, a police officer who shoots a person while on duty will be given a suspension with pay during the investigation, not to punish, but to enable the department to carry out its investigation.


Suspension is a punishment in sport where players are banned from playing a certain number of future games. These suspensions may be issued for severe infractions of the rules of play (such as personal fouls), excessive technical, or flagrant fouls for the duration of a season, fights during the course of the game in which the player was a part of the wrongdoing, or misconduct off the field (such as illegal or banned substance use).

Generally, an athlete who is suspended must forfeit his pay during the course of the suspension, and depending on the team's or league's rules, may not be permitted to don his uniform or be present with the team during the course of play, which often includes attending games in the stands as a typical spectator would.

School disciplineEdit

In academia, suspension (also known as temporary exclusion) is a form of school punishment in which a student is excluded from school lessons for a period of time. Suspension is one form of exclusionary discipline; the other form is expulsion.[1][2]

Research shows that suspensions predict a range of negative social outcomes,[3] including crime, involvement in the criminal justice system, juvenile delinquency, and drug use,[2][4] as well as school absenteeism, dropout rates, and weaker performance on standardized tests.[5] A 2014 study of students in the Australian state of Victoria and the U.S. state of Washington found that suspension rates were similar in both states and that both student-level factors and school-level factors were associated with suspension. Student-level factors included "student behavior, rebelliousness, and academic failure" and the school-level factors included "socioeconomic status of the school" and low aggregate school commitment.[2] About one-third of students in the United States are suspended at some point during grades K-12.[4]

In-school suspension (ISS) (also called by other names) is a form of suspension that, in contrast to out-of-school suspension, keeps students out of class, but places them in an alternate location away from other students within a school environment.[6]

Roman Catholic canon lawEdit

In Roman Catholic canon law, the censure of suspension prohibits certain acts by a cleric, whether the acts are of a religious character deriving from his ordination ("acts of the power of orders") or are exercises of his power of governance or of rights and functions attached to the office he holds.[7]

This censure is automatically applied to a cleric who uses physical violence against a bishop,[8] a deacon who attempts to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass or a priest who, though not empowered to grant sacramental absolution attempts to do so or who hears sacramental confession,[9] a cleric who celebrates a sacrament through simony,[10] and on a person who receives ordination illicitly.[11]

The censure of suspension (along with other punishments) is to be inflicted also on a cleric who openly lives in violation of chastity[12] and on any priest who "in the act, on the occasion, or under the pretext of confession" solicits a penitent to a sexual sin.[13] Suspension is incurred automatically by any cleric who falsely denounces a priest of having committed this delict.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kevin F. McNeill, B. Friedman, Camila Chavez, "Keep them so you can teach them: Alternatives to exclusionary discipline." International Public Health Journal, vol. 8, issue 2, pp. 169-181.
  2. ^ a b c Sheryl A. Hemphill, Stephanie M. Plenty, Todd I.Herrenkohl, John W. Toumbourou & Richard F. Catalanoh, Student and school factors associated with school suspension: A multilevel analysis of students in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States, Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 36 (January 2014), pp. 187-194.
  3. ^ Jason Jabbari & Odis Johnson, Jr., The Collateral Damage of In-School Suspensions: A Counterfactual Analysis of High-Suspension Schools, Math Achievement and College Attendance, Urban Education (February 2020).
  4. ^ a b Janet Rosenbaum, Educational and Criminal Justice Outcomes 12 Years After School Suspension, Vol. 52, issue 4 (January 17, 2018).
  5. ^ Elizabeth M. Chu & Douglas D. Ready, Exclusion and Urban Public High Schools: Short- and Long-Term Consequences of School Suspensions, American Journal of Education, vol. 124, no. 4 (August 2018).
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Sarah (May 4, 2012). "In-School Suspension: a Better Alternative or Waste of Time?". NPR StateImpact.
  7. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1333
  8. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1370
  9. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1378
  10. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1380
  11. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1383
  12. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1395
  13. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1387
  14. ^ Code of Canon Law, canon 1390