Rights & Responsibilities of Pupils

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

(Education Code §35181)

As important as these responsibilities are, we must acknowledge the equal importance of the rights of students. Since an additional purpose of this publication is to help students identify and understand their responsibilities as well as their rights, they are outlined in the following section.

  Expression

Right: To express opinions, to take stands, and to support causes and beliefs whether popular or unpopular as a part of their educational experience and preparation for life in our society.

Responsibility:

To exercise this right with due regard for its effect on other individuals, the school, and society.

 

  Education

Right: To an equal opportunity for an education.

Responsibility:

A. To respect the educational rights of other students.

B. To attend school regularly and faithfully, on time, and to apply best efforts.

C. To complete assignments and meet performance standards.

Right: To seek changes in school policies and regulations in an orderly and lawful manner.

Responsibility:

To abide by existing school rules and regulations.

 

  Speech

Right: To express opinions verbally or symbolically.

Responsibility:

A. To keep from fostering or fomenting disruption of the educational process.

B. To keep from scurrilous, slanderous, or libelous statements or writings.

Right: To actively and vigorously search for truth by discussion and examination of various views without fear of recrimination.

Responsibility:

A. To consider and weigh the effects of speech and actions on the honor and reputation of others as well as on themselves.

B. To avoid personal abuse and obscenity.

C. To convey information with accuracy and insight in such a manner that truth shall remain predominant.

 

  Petition

Right: To take positions on issues and to present petitions.

Responsibility:

A. To avoid disruptions of classroom procedures and interference with the educational process.

B. To keep petitions free from obscenities, libelous statements, and personal attack.

 

  Assembly

Right: To assemble peaceably in accordance with school rules.

Responsibility:

A. To know and observe existing school rules related to student assembly.

B. To ascertain from the appropriate school official the proper time and place of assembly.

 

  Privacy

Right: To the protection of permanent records as privileged information.

Responsibility:

To treat own record information with the same regard or accept the consequences of any indiscretion.

Right: To privacy of their personal possessions, unless there is reasonable cause to believe that the student(s) is (are) concealing material(s) prohibited by law or school rules.

Responsibility:

A. To respect public property and the property of others as well as their persons.

B. To know and observe school rules relating to personal property or possessions at school.

C. To carefully manage personal property which is brought to school.

 

  Student Activities

Right: To participate in school activities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, or physical handicap in accordance with federal and state law, school policy, and eligibility requirements.

Responsibility:

To recognize that school activities are open and to accept other students’ participation in them on equal terms.

 

  Dress

Right: To express individuality by means of choices of dress in conformity with community standards, health, and safety requirements, and with due regard for the orderly functioning of the school.

Responsibility:

A. To dress (personal apparel and grooming) in a manner which abides by parents’ expectations and community standards.

B. To exercise acceptable health practices and to adhere to the safety requirements of classes and school.

C. To avoid disrupting the educational process.

D. To avoid influencing others to disrupt the educational process.

 

  Grievance

Right: To due process in disciplinary actions.

Responsibility:

A. To exercise personal honesty and integrity in appealing any disciplinary action or in filing a grievance.

B. To be accurate in all representations, both verbal and written, regarding such cases.