Section 7 - Students
School-Sponsored Publications and Web SitesActivitiesPolicy 7:310Restrictions on Publications Written or Electronic Material
School-sponsored publications, productions, and web sites are part of the curriculum and are not a public forum for general student use. School authorities may edit or delete material that is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.
All school-sponsored communications shall comply with the ethics and rules of responsible journalism. Text that is libelous, obscene, vulgar, lewd, invades the privacy of others, conflicts with the basic educational mission of the school, is socially inappropriate, is inappropriate due to the maturity of the students, or is materially disruptive to the educational process will not be tolerated.
The author’s name will accompany personal opinions and editorial statements. An opportunity for the expression of differing opinions from those published/produced will be provided within the same media.
Non-School Sponsored Publications and Web Sites Accessed or Distributed At School
Students are prohibited from accessing and/or distributing at school any written or electronic material, including material from the Internet that:1. Will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities;2. Violates the rights of others, including but not limited to material that is libelous, invades the privacy of others, or infringes on a copyright;3. Is socially inappropriate or inappropriate due to maturity level of the students, including but not limited to material that is obscene, pornographic, or pervasively lewd and vulgar,or contains indecent and vulgar language;4. Is primarily intended for the immediate solicitation of funds; or5. Is distributed in kindergarten through eighth grade and is primarily prepared by non students, unless it is being used for school purposes. Nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the inclusion of material from outside sources or the citation to such sources as long as the material to be distributed or accessed is primarily prepared by students.The distribution of non-school-sponsored written material shall occur at a time and place and in a manner that will not cause disruption, be coercive, or result in the perception that the distribution or the material is endorsed by the School District.
Accessing or distributing “at school” includes accessing or distributing on school property or at school-related activities. A student engages in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be disciplined for: (1) accessing or distributing forbidden material, or (2) for writing, creating, or publishing such material intending for it to be accessed or distributed at school.
Student-Created or Distributed Written or Electronic Material Including Blogs
A student engages in gross disobedience and misconduct and may be disciplined for creating and/or distributing written or electronic material, including Internet material and blogs, that causes substantial disruption to school operations or interferes with the rights of other students or staff members.
Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 108 S.Ct. 562 (1988).
Hedges v. Wauconda Community Unit School Dist. No. 118, 9 F.3d 1295 (7th Cir. 1993).
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 89 S.Ct. 733 (1969).
6:235 (Access to Electronic Networks), 8:25 (Advertising and Distributing
Materials in School Provided by Non-School Related Entities)
MAY 17, 2010