24:05:30:10.01. Decision of hearing officer. Subject to the provisions of this section, a hearing officer's determination of whether a child received FAPE shall be based on substantive grounds.
In matters alleging a procedural violation, a hearing officer may find that a child did not receive a FAPE only if the procedural inadequacies:
(1) Impeded the child's right to a FAPE;
(2) Significantly impeded the parent's opportunity to participate in the decision-making process regarding the provision of a FAPE to the parent's child; or
(3) Caused a deprivation of educational benefit.
Nothing in this section precludes a hearing officer from ordering a district to comply with procedural requirements under this chapter, chapter 24:05:26, and chapter 24:05:26.01.
Source: 33 SDR 236, effective July 5, 2007.
General Authority: SDCL 13-37-1.1.
Law Implemented: SDCL 13-37-1.1.
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