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Carlsbad USD |  BP  6145.5  Instruction

Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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The Board of Trustees believes that student organizations reinforce the instructional program, give students practice in democratic self-government and provide social and recreational activities. Student organizations also serve to honor outstanding student achievement and enhance school spirit and students' sense of belonging. Prior to meeting on school grounds, all student groups shall be authorized by the principal or designee in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 1321 - Solicitation of Funds from and by Students)

(cf. 3452 - Student Activity Funds)

(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)

(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes

The Board encourages students to pursue interests and clubs which may not directly relate to the District's curriculum and, to that end, has created a limited open forum.

All student-initiated groups shall be given equal access to meet on school premises during noninstructional times without regard to their religious, political, philosophical or other speech content. The Board shall ensure that: (20 USC 4071, 4072)

1. The meeting shall be voluntary and student-initiated.

2. There shall be no sponsorship of the meeting by the school or staff. The term sponsorship means that school staff are promoting, leading, or participating in a meeting. The assignment of a teacher, administrator, or other school employee to a meeting for custodial purposes shall not constitute sponsorship of the meeting.

3. Employees of the school shall be present at religious meetings only in a nonparticipatory capacity.

4. The meeting shall not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct or educational activities within the school.

5. Nonschool persons shall not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of student groups.

The principal or designee may issue a disclaimer that such activities are not school-sponsored.

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

All student clubs or groups shall have equal access to the school media, including the public address system, the school newspaper, bulletin boards, and school web site to announce meetings. The principal or designee may inform students that certain groups are not school-sponsored.

No school shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or with any other youth group listed as a patriotic society in Title 36 of the United States Code, for reasons based on the membership or leadership criteria or oath of allegiance to God and country. (20 USC 7905)

Legal Reference:


52 Designation of secondary schools

53 Designation of high schools

200-262.3 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

38130-38138 Civic Center Act

48900 Hazing

48907 Student exercise of free expression

48930-48938 Student organizations

48950 Freedom of speech

49020-49023 Athletic programs


627-627.10 Access to school premises


2 Definitions

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of students


4071-4074 Equal Access Act

7904 School prayer

7905 Boy Scouts equal access


20101-240112 Patriotic organizations


Prince v. Jacoby, (2001) 303 F.3d 1074

Culbertson et al. v. Oakridge School District, (2002) 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, (1997) 106 F.3d 878

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

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

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U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: July 26, 2006 Carlsbad, California

revised: August 13, 2008