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Criminal Mischief

Criminal Mischief (VAN) - Level III


Willfully and maliciously injuring or damaging by any means any real or personal property belonging to another, including, but not limited to, the placement of graffiti thereon or other acts of vandalism thereto. Incidents that fall below the $1,000 threshold are not reportable in SESIR, but instead should be reported as locally-defined incidents according to district policies.


  • Student or other extensively defacing school property with graffiti.
  • Student or other keying or scratching a car in a campus parking lot.
  • Student or other trashing a classroom resulting in damages of $1,000 dollars or more.
  • Student(s) damaging a hotel room ($1,000 or more) on a school-sponsored trip.


  • Student or other accidentally damaging chemistry lab equipment.
  • Student or other causing damages under $1,000.

Additional Guidelines

The amount of damage must be $1,000 or more to be reported in SESIR, including any labor and materials costs necessary to repair the damage.

It is important for schools to document lower-level vandalism incidents (under $1,000) as locally-defined incidents in the district student information system.


Why is it important to have local codes for vandalism that do not meet the SESIR threshold/definition?

  • If the district does not have local codes for lower-level incidents that do not meet the SESIR threshold for vandalism, such incidents will be coded as SESIR incidents and the district will be over-reporting in these areas.



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