File: JICEA-R

Policy JICEA-R
Adopted:  11/28/00

 

School-Related Student Publications
(School Publications Code)

 

1.  Purpose

     As stated in Board policy, school-sponsored publications are a public forum for students as

     well as an educational activity through which students can gain experience in reporting,

     writing, editing and understanding responsible journalism.  Content of school publications

     should reflect all areas of student interest, including topics about which there may be dissent

     or controversy.

 

2.  Responsibilities of student journalists

In addition to the responsibilities set forth in the accompanying Board policy, students who work on official student publications will:

a.  Rewrite material, as required by the faculty advisers to improve sentence structure,

     grammar, spelling and punctuation.

            b.  Check and verify all facts and verify the accuracy of all quotations.

            c.  In the case of editorials or letters to the editor concerning controversial issues, provide

     space for rebuttal comments and opinions.

 

     If the Board determines that advertising is allowed in the publication, the student editor will

     determine the content of any advertisements.

 

3.  Responsibilities of publication advisors

     In addition to the responsibilities set forth in the accompanying Board policy, the publication

     advisor will exercise general supervision over all activities to create a proper learning

     environment.

 

4.  Prohibited materials

     a.  Students may not publish or distribute material that is obscene.  “Obscene” means: 

            1)  The average person applying contemporary community standards finds that the

      publication, taken as a whole, appeals to a minor’s prurient interest in sex.

            2)  The publication depicts or describes in a patently offensive way sexual conduct such

      as ultimate sexual acts (normal or perverted), masturbation, excretory functions, or

      lewd exhibitions of genitals.

            3)  The work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

 

      b.  Student may not publish expression that is libelous, slanderous or defamatory under state

           law.   “Libelous” is defined as a false and unprivileged statement about a person that

           injures the individual’s reputation in the community.

 

      c.  Expression that is false as to any person who is not a public figure or involved in a matter

           of public concern is prohibited.

 

          If the allegedly libeled individual is a “public figure or official,” the official must show

          that the false statement was published with actual malice, as the terms are defined in law.

 

 

                       

       d.  Expression which presents a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts,   

            violation of lawful school regulations, or material and substantial disruption of the

            orderly operation of the school.  Violates the rights of others to privacy, or threatens

            violence to property or person is prohibited.

 

            In order for a student publication to be considered disruptive, there must exist specific

            facts upon which it would be reasonable to forecast that a clear and present likelihood of

            an immediate, substantial material disruption to normal school activity would occur if the

            material were distributed.  Undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not

            enough.  School administrators must be able to show affirmatively substantial facts that  

            reasonable support a forecast of likely disruption.  Material that stimulates heated

            discussion or debate does not constitute the type of disruption that is prohibited.

 

5.  Time, place and manner restrictions

     The principal will coordinate with the publications advisor on the time, place and manner of

     distributing school-sponsored publications to reduce any conflict with school instructional

      time and/or reduce any disruption of the orderly operation of the school which might be

      caused by the distribution of school-sponsored publications.

 

6.  Procedures for resolving differences

     Student editors will work fist with the publications advisor to resolve any differences.

     If the problem can not be resolved at this level, the student editors and/or the publications

     advisor may work with the principal to resolve any problems. If the problem is not resolved at

     the principal level, the student editors and/or the publications advisor may work with the

     superintendent to  resolve any problem. If the problem is not resolved at the superintendency

     level, the student editors and/or publications advisor may work with the Board of Education. 

     If the problem is not resolved at the Board level, the student editors and/or publications

     advisor may seek relief through he judicial system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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