• Student Rights and Responsibilities

    The following rights and responsibilities are listed to protect and to preserve all students’ status as citizens:

    A.       Freedom of Speech – Students are entitled to express their opinions verbally. Such verbal opinions shall not interfere with the rights of others to express themselves. Verbal opinions must not disrupt the educational process. The use of obscene language is prohibited.

    B.       Freedom of Assembly – All meetings in school buildings or on school grounds may function only as authorized as part of the formal educational process of the school or as authorized by proper school officials. Students have the right to assemble peaceably; however, there is an appropriate time and place for the expression of opinions and beliefs. Conducting or participating in demonstrations which disrupt or interfere with the operation of the school or classroom is inappropriate and prohibited.

    C.        Freedom to Publish – Students are entitled to express in writing their personal opinion. The distribution of such material may not interfere with, disrupt, or distract from the operation of the school. Such written expressions of personal opinions must be signed by the author(s).

     

    School-Sponsored Publications

    Students who edit, publish, or distribute hand-written, printed, or duplicated materials within the school or on school grounds must assume responsibility for the content of such publications. Obscenity is prohibited in all publications. School-sponsored publications should be free from policy restrictions outside of the normal rules for responsible journalism.

     

    Search and Seizure

    Lockers that are assigned to students remain the property of the District. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their lockers and lockers may be searched at any time with or without reasonable suspicion. A search in the student’s absence, however, shall only be conducted where there is reasonable belief that a clear and present danger to health and/or safety exists, or where there is a search warrant. General searches of school property may be conducted only by the school principal or designee for legitimate cause that may include health or order. (See Policy 5771 - Search and Seizure.)

    Illegal items (firearms, weapons, drugs, etc.) or other items reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of students or the school will be removed from student possession. Items that are used to disrupt or interfere with the operation of the school may be temporarily removed from student possession. Search of persons, or belongings (including electronic devices) shall be done only with good reason by the school principal or designee with a witness present. The student will have the right to know the reason prior to the search of person or belongings.

     

    Procedural Rules

    The hallmark of the exercise of disciplinary authority shall be reasonableness and fairness.

    Substantial effort shall be made by staff members to resolve problems through effective utilization of District resources in cooperation with the student and his/her parent/guardian. Such efforts must be recorded by the school administrator and should be recorded by the staff member and kept on file.

    No student shall be detained by the District after the close of the regular school day unless the student’s parent/guardian, or designated adult when the parent/guardian is unavailable, has been contacted and informed that the student will be detained. No student shall be refused transportation services until the parent/guardian has been notified.

     

    During debarment (one [1] day or less) or short-term suspension (up to ten [10] days), the student will be provided the course content (i.e. worksheets, handouts, assignments), except for notes and other information provided by the teacher during the class period that would be considered part of the in-class lesson. Any content that would have received a grade will not be graded; the ungraded content will not be averaged into the student’s final grade for the class.

    A student shall be given make-up privileges if a test or other major evaluation occurs during the time of the debarment or short-term suspension. Make-up privileges shall be extended for unit or chapter tests, term papers, projects, class presentations, etc.

    It shall be the responsibility of the student to contact each teacher for course content and/or to arrange for make-up privileges.

     

    During long-term suspension, a student will not be provided the course content, unless authorized by the Deputy Superintendent.

     

    Students shall not be subject to "corporal punishment," as defined in M.C.L.A. 380.1312.

    Seclusion and/or restraint shall only be used on an emergency basis, and, then, only in accordance with the Policy adopted by the Michigan State Board of Education and by this Board (see Board Policy 5640.)

    Criminal Acts

    A student shall not commit or participate in any conduct or act defined as a crime by State or Federal laws. Such acts may be considered to be violations of this Code of Conduct.