Freedom of Speech/Expression: Publications Code

MJUSD
DIVISION 5000
STUDENTS

FREEDOM OF SPEECH/EXPRESSION: PUBLICATIONS CODE
Free inquiry and exchange of ideas are essential parts of a democratic education. The Governing Board respects students' rights to express ideas and opinions, take stands, and support causes, whether controversial or not, through their speech, writings, printed materials and/or the wearing of buttons, badges and other insignia.

Student freedom of expression shall be limited only as allowed by law in order to maintain an orderly school environment and to protect the rights, health and safety of all members of the school community. Students shall not be disciplined solely on the basis of constitutionally protected speech or other communication.

Because District schools have a closed forum, students may not post or distribute materials regarding the meetings of non-curricular student-initiated groups.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that due process is followed when resolving disputes regarding student freedom of expression.

Legal Reference:
Education Code
48907 Exercise of Free Expression; Rules and Regulations
48950 Speech and Other Communication
51520 Prohibited Solicitations on School Premises

First Reading: 5/24/01

Governing Board Adoption: 6/13/01

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