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Student Organizations And Equal Access   

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Student Organizations

Student organizations have an important place in the educational program. When properly organized and operated they:

1. Extend and reinforce the instructional program.

2. Build student morale and spirit or positive support for the school.

3. Honor outstanding student achievement.

4. Provide wholesome social and recreational activities.

To guide the professional staff and students in organizations, the Governing Board sets forth the following policy guides:

1. School Clubs and Societies will be recognized as authorized school organizations if they are organized by the school; sponsored by school personnel; composed exclusively of current student body members; hold the majority of their meetings at school; have a democratic plan for the selection of members; establish aims which are educational, of school interest, or community interest; and meet all those conditions hereinafter set forth for recognized school-sponsored organizations.

2. Nonschool Clubs: All other clubs of nonsecret nature whose membership is composed for the most part of students from one school; that are sponsored by other than school personnel; that meet outside school hours at places other than at school; regardless of whether their aims are other than educational, or school interest or community interest, are considered to be nonschool clubs and beyond the jurisdiction of school authorities.

However, should these groups (nonschool groups) conduct activities on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or as a carry-over into the school day or reflect on the reputation of the school, the Superintendent is authorized to develop procedures concerning disciplinary action to be taken.

3. Activities which are contrary to the best interest of the school and reflect on the reputation of the school include the following:

a. Initiation and hazing on the school grounds or at school-sponsored events.

b. Indulging in group functions that violate city laws or county ordinances.

Nonschool clubs may become recognized school-sponsored clubs by conforming to the criteria for school clubs and societies stated earlier.

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

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

PENAL CODE

627-627.10 Access to school premises

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

2 Definitions

5531 Supervision of extracurricular activities of students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

4071-4074 Equal Access Act

7904 School prayer

7905 Boy Scouts equal access

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, (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

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

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

Policy LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: March 10, 1994 Lakeside, California

revised: December 11, 2008