ERIC Number: ED334663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Model Policy on Student Publications Code.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
In 1989, the Iowa Legislature created a new code section that defines and regulates student exercise of free expression in "official school publications." Also, the Iowa State Department of Education was directed to develop a model publication code that includes reasonable provisions for regulating the time, place, and manner of student expression. Although students have the right of free speech, including the right of expression in official school publications, they may not express, publish, or distribute materials that are obscene or libelous or that encourage students to commit unlawful acts, violate lawful school regulations, or cause the material and substantial disruption of the school's orderly operation. The model policy statement appearing in this report delineates school liability and emphasizes students' First Amendment rights, the importance of journalistic skills and robust debate about controversial topics, and the necessity for a workable appeals process. The model student publications code defines terms and outlines the prior restraint rule, the fair comment rule, appeal and complaint procedures, responsibilities of student journalists and faculty advisers, and school liabilities. An advertising/commercial speech model policy statement is included. Appendices detail resources, national journalism codes of ethics, and the American Association of Advertising Agencies Standards of Practice. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.