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La Canada USD |  BP  6145.5  Instruction

Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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The Governing Board believes that curriculum- and noncurriculum-related student organizations have an important place in students' lives. Besides extending and reinforcing the instructional program, such groups can give students practice in democratic self-government and provide wholesome social and recreational activities. Student organizations also serve to honor outstanding student achievement and to enhance school spirit and students' sense of belonging.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish criteria and a process for school sponsorship of student clubs.

Limited Open Forum

Since the district allows schools to sponsor student groups not directly tied to the curriculum, all student-initiated groups shall be given equal access to meet on school premises during times established for a limited open forum in accordance with provisions of the federal Equal Access Act.

All student clubs or groups shall have equal access to the school media to announce meetings. The Superintendent 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 4071)

(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: Publications Code)

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)

(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

48900 Hazing

48930-48938 Student organizations

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

7904 School prayer

7905 Boy Scouts equal access

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36

20101-240112 Patriotic organizations

COURT DECISIONS

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

Management Resources:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Religious Expression in Public Schools: Statement of Principles, Richard W. Riley, 1995, rev. 1999

WEB SITES

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy LA CA–ÅDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 15, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California