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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  6145.5  Instruction

Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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Limited Open Forum

The Board of Trustees 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 organi-zations also serve to honor outstanding student achievement and to enhance school spirit and students' sense of belonging.

Since 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.

(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)


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 - Student Discipline Policy and Procedures)

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


4071 et. seq. The Equal Access Act


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

Perumal et al v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, 88 Daily Journal D.A.R. 1426

Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, 58 U.S. Law Week 4720 (June 4, 1990)

Student Coalition for Peace v. Lower Merion School, (1985) 776 F.2d


adopted: February 23, 1993 Larkspur, California