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503.3 - Student Publications




Students may produce official school publications as part of the curriculum under the supervision of a faculty advisor and the building principal. Official school publications include materials produced in journalism or writing classes or for the newspaper, yearbook, or electronic forms of communication including video and web media which are distributed to the student body and publicly available either free or for a fee.

Any expression made by students which may include but is not limited to written materials, art, photos, and graphic images including student expression in official school publications, is not an expression of official school policy. The school district, board, and employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students, unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student speech or expression. The liability, if any, is only to the extent of the interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

Official school publications are free from prior restraint by employees or officials except as provided by law. A faculty advisor will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech. The production of official school publications will be guided by the law and by the ethical standards adopted by professional associations or societies of journalism.

Persons, other than students, who believe they have been aggrieved by student expression in a student-produced, official school publications will follow the grievance procedures outlined in board Policy 502.12 Student Complaints and Grievances. Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced, official school publication has been restricted will follow the grievance procedure also outlined in Policy 502.12.

The superintendent in conjunction with building principals will be responsible for developing a student publications code. This code will include, but not be limited to, reasonable rules including time, place, and manner of restrictions. The superintendent [or designee] will also be responsible for distributing this policy and the student publications code to the students and their parents.

Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 5/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 10/17; 9/20
Revised: 1/15
Related Policy (Code #): 502.12; 503.3-R
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): § 280.22
IASB Reference: 504.3 Option II