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Code 633 Page 1 of 2 Title:

Student Publications

The Board of Directors of the Council Bluffs Community School District has the authority to provide reasonable guidelines for the content included in official publications produced by students on behalf of the school or School District.

An "official school

publication" is defined as material produced by students in journalism, newspaper, yearbook or writing classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee. In the publication of official school publications, the following guidelines shall apply: 1.

No student will express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which: a. is obscene; b. is libelous; c. is slanderous or d. encourages students to: 1)

commit unlawful acts;


violate school rules; or


cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school or school activity;


The official school publication is produced under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Responsibilities of Students 1.

Students writing or editing official school publications will assign and edit the news, editorial and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of this student publications policy and the law.


Students will strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.


Students will strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.

Responsibilities of Faculty Advisors Faculty advisors will supervise student writers and editors to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with this policy and the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.

Code 633 Page 2 of 2 Title:

Student Publications

Liability Student expression in an official school publication will not be deemed to be an expression of the District. The District, the Board and the employees or officials of the District 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 expression. The liability, if any, is only to the extent of interference or alteration of the expression. Appeal Procedure 1.

Students who believe they have been unreasonably restricted in their exercise of expression in an official school publication will seek review of the decision by the building administrator.


Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official school publication will file their complaint with the building administrator.

Time, Place and Manner Restrictions on Official School Publications 1.

Official school publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school premises.


Distribution in a reasonable manner will not encourage students to: a.

commit unlawful acts;


violate school rules;


cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity;


disrupt or interfere with the education program;


interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere or


infringe on the rights of others.

Cross References:

Legal References:

505, 512, 513, 521, 609; 612; 628

Iowa Code Section 280.22______________

Approved: July 24, 2007

Reviewed: ___________

Revised: May 22, 2012

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