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Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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The Board of Trustees believes that student organizations reinforce the instructional program, give students experience in civics and 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 Superintendent or designee shall establish criteria and a process for school sponsorship of student clubs.

In order to maintain a closed forum on school campuses, only student-initiated groups that relate directly to the curriculum shall be allowed to meet on school premises during noninstructional time.

All curriculum-related student clubs or groups shall have equal access to the school media to announce meetings, including, but not limited to, the public address system, the school newspaper, the school bulletin board, and school web site.

Noncurriculum-related student groups are subject to the requirements specified in Board policy and administrative regulation for community groups regarding the use of district facilities for meetings and the right to distribute materials to students.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

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

(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, and the school bulletin board, to announce meetings. The Superintendent or designee may inform students that certain groups are not school-sponsored.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

52 Designation of secondary schools

200-262.3 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

48900 Hazing

48907 Student exercise of free expression

48930-48938 Student organizations

48950 Freedom of speech

49020 - 49023 Athletic programs

PENAL CODE

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

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36

20101-240112 Patriotic organizations

COURT DECISIONS

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

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:

WEB SITES

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

Policy LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: April 6, 2004 Lawndale, California

revised: November 14, 2017

revised: June 12, 2018