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ERIC Number: ED172384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Student Discipline and the Law. Fastback 121.
Connors, Eugene T.
Educators have broad powers when maintaining student discipline. As long as there is no blatant violation of students' constitutional rights, courts are reluctant to interfere. Still, there are limits to an educator's prerogatives. This document discusses students' rights in the areas of corporal punishment, suspension and expulsion, searches and seizures, married and pregnant students, the First Amendment, dress codes, grading and graduation policies, and confidential records. Relevant precedent-setting court cases are identified and discussed. The document concludes with the observation that the most important actions educators can take in creating an adequate discipline policy are the establishment of reasonable rules and the communication of those rules to students through a well-distributed handbook. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Confidential Records, Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation, Discipline Policy, Dress Codes, Expulsion, Freedom of Speech, Married Students, Pregnant Students, School Law, Search and Seizure, Student Responsibility, Student Rights, Suspension, Teaching Guides
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47402 ($0.75; quantity discounts; a $1 handling fee will be charged on orders under $5 if payment is not enclosed)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to small print size of original document