FNAB(LOCAL) - STUDENT EXPRESSION: USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES FOR NONSCHOOL PURPOSES

Establishment of Limited Open Forum

For purposes of the Equal Access Act, the Board has created a limited open forum for students attending the District's secondary schools. District secondary schools shall offer an opportunity for noncurriculum-related student groups to meet on school premises during noninstructional time.

The District has not established a limited public forum for elementary school students to meet as noncurriculum-related student groups on school premises during noninstructional time. [See GKD for community access]

Sponsorship

Noncurriculum-related student groups shall not be sponsored by the District and shall in no way imply to students or to the public that they are school-sponsored. All letterheads, flyers, posters, or other communications that identify the group shall contain a disclaimer of such sponsorship.

For student activities sponsored by the District and having subject matter and purposes directly related to the school's curriculum, see policy FM.

Each principal shall set aside noninstructional time before or after actual classroom instruction for meetings of noncurriculum-related student groups.

Requests

Students wishing to meet on school premises shall file a written request with the campus principal or designee on a form created and provided by the District. The request shall contain a brief statement of the group's purposes and goals, a list of the group's members, and a schedule of its proposed meeting times. Requests shall be approved by the building administrator subject to availability of suitable meeting space and without regard to the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech likely to be associated with the group's meetings. Approval to meet as a nonsponsored, noncurriculum-related group shall be granted for up to one school year at a time, subject to the provisions of this policy. Notices of meetings may be posted in a manner determined by the principal.

Staff Participation Prohibited

School personnel shall not promote, lead, or participate in the meetings of noncurriculum-related student groups. The principal may assign staff to attend and monitor student meetings, as needed, and may establish reasonable written guidelines for the conduct of meetings to maintain order and discipline, protect the well-being of students and faculty, and ensure that student attendance is voluntary. No employee shall be required to monitor meetings at which the content of the speech would be objectionable to the employee.

Violations

Failure of a noncurriculum-related student group to comply with applicable rules may result in loss of the right to meet on school premises. Students who violate applicable rules shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The principal or building administrator shall report rule violations to the Superintendent or designee.

Suspensions

Depending upon the seriousness of any rule violations, the principal or building administrator may suspend a noncurriculum-related student group's right to meet on school premises for the balance of the school year or some lesser time period.

If a determination to suspend a group occurs during the last reporting period of the school year, the suspension may extend through the end of the first semester of the next school year. Suspensions or warnings imposed by the Superintendent may be appealed to the Board in accordance with FNG.

Austin ISD

FNAB(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2008.01

DATE ISSUED: 3/19/2008