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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans
Regulations: Part 300 / E / 300.532 / b

(b) Authority of hearing officer. (1) A hearing officer under Sec. 300.511 hears, and makes a determination regarding an appeal under paragraph (a) of this section.

(2) In making the determination under paragraph (b)(1) of this section, the hearing officer may--

(i) Return the child with a disability to the placement from which the child was removed if the hearing officer determines that the removal was a violation of Sec. 300.530 or that the child's behavior was a manifestation of the child's disability; or

(ii) Order a change of placement of the child with a disability to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for not more than 45 school days if the hearing officer determines that maintaining the current placement of the child is substantially likely to result in injury to the child or to others.

(3) The procedures under paragraphs (a) and (b)(1) and (2) of this section may be repeated, if the LEA believes that returning the child to the original placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the child or to others.