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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  6145.5  Instruction

Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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Limited Open Forum

The Governing Board 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.

The district allows schools to sponsor student groups not directly tied to the curriculum, student-initiated groups not sponsored by the school or district have the right to meet on school premises during times established for a limited open forum in accordance with provisions of the federal Equal Access Act.

School-sponsored student organizations must be organized at the school, have a certificated advisor, be composed completely of current student body members and be approved by the Superintendent or designee in accordance with Board policy. They shall hold the majority of their meetings at school and have a democratic plan for the selection of members. Organization activities shall not conflict with the authority and responsibilities of school officials.

(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)

Hazing

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:

EDUCATION CODE

52 Designation of secondary schools

53 Designation of high schools

200-262.3 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex especially:

221.5 Equal opportunity without regard to sex

221.7 School sponsored athletic programs; prohibited sex discrimination

48930-48938 Student organizations

48900 Hazing

48950 Freedom of speech

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

PENAL CODE

245.6 Hazing

627-627.10 Access to school premises

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

2 Definitions

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of pupils

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

4071-4074 The Equal Access Act

COURT DECISIONS

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

Management Resources:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

"Statement of Principles," United States Department of Education, Richard W. Riley, 1995

Policy ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 4, 2002 Escondido, California