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Acalanes Union HSD |  BP  6145.5  Instruction

Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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Student Organizations

Student organizations have an important place in the educational program because, when properly organized and operated, they:

1. Extend and reinforce the instructional program.

2. Given students practice in democratic self-government.

3. Build student morale and spirit of positive support for the school.

4. Honor outstanding student achievement.

5. Provide wholesome social and recreational activities.

To guide the professional staff and students in organizations, the Governing Board sets forth the following policy guide:

1. School Clubs and Societies will be recognized as authorized school organizations if they are organized by the school, sponsored by school personnel, composed completely of current student body members, hold the majority of their meetings at school, have democratic plan for the selection of officers, establish aims which are educational, of school interest or community interest and meet all those conditions hereinafter set forth for recognized school-sponsored organizations.

2. Secret Societies: Membership in secret fraternities, sororities, and clubs is prohibited throughout the school district. The Superintendent is authorized to develop procedures concerning disciplinary action to be taken for violation of this policy.

Equal Access of School Facilities to Student Groups

The Board establishes a limited open forum during which students may hold meetings or activities not directly related to the school curriculum.

The district shall not discriminate or deny access to any student initiated group on the basis of religious, political, philosophical or any other content to be addressed at such meetings.

The following guidelines shall govern the use of school facilities by students to conduct meetings within the limited open forum established by the Board.

1. Activities and meetings are student-initiated and voluntary.

2. School authorities or district employees do not promote, lead or participate in such meetings.

3. The presence of school authorities or district personnel at any student religious meetings is nonparticipatory in nature.

4. The meeting does not in any way interfere with the conduct or regular instructional activities of the schools.

5. Student meetings are not controlled, conducted nor directed by persons or groups not affiliated with the schools.

6. Student meetings are closed to persons not affiliated with the school except for an occasional speaker invited under the district's speaker policy.

7. There shall be no expenditure of public funds beyond the incidental cost of providing the space for student-initiated meetings.

8. There shall be no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government or its agents or employees.

(cf. 1321 - Solicitation of Funds)

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 3452 - Student Activity Funds)

(cf. 3554 - Other Food Sales)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

(cf. 6116 - Classroom Interruptions)


No student shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or other person. Persons violating this policy shall be subject to district discipline and penalties specified in law. (Penal Code 245.6)

In accordance with law, the Superintendent or designee shall provide notice of this policy and related provisions of law.

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

Legal Reference:


52 Designation of secondary schools

53 Designation of high schools

200-262.3 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

221.5 Equal opportunity without regard to sex

221.7 School sponsored athletic programs; prohibited sex discrimination

33352 Supervision of physical education by State Department of Education

33353 California Interscholastic Foundation; governing board has power to select athletic league representatives

33353.5 California Interscholastic Foundation; direct participation in student athletic insurance program; limitation of receipt of funds

33354 Powers of State Department of Education over interscholastic athletics

35179 Powers and responsibilities of the board over interscholastic athletic programs, policies, and activities in its district; associations; nondiscrimination

48900 Hazing

48930-48938 Student organizations

49020 Athletic programs: Legislative intent

49021 Equal opportunity for male and female students

49022 Apportionment of funds for male and female students

49023 Expenditure of public funds; prohibited sex discrimination


245.6 Hazing

627-627.10 Access to school facilities


2 Definitions

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of pupils


Culbertson et al. v. Oakridge School District, (2001) 258 F.3d 1061

Good News Club et al. v. Milford Central School, (2001) 121 S.Ct. 2093

Ceniceros v. Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District, (1995) 66 F. 3d 1535

Board of Education of Westside Community School District v. Mergens By and Through Mergens (1989, 8th Cir.) 867 F.2d 1076, affd. (1990) 496 U.S. 226

Perumal et al v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, (1988) 198 Cal. App. 3d 64

Student Coalition for Peace v. Lower Merion School District Board of Directors, (1985) 776 F.2d. 431

Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899


adopted: May 25, 1994 Lafayette, California