ERIC Number: ED244386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
School Activities and the Law.
Strope, John L., Jr.
This monograph addresses legal issues involved in cocurricular student activities, including questions about the extent of a school's authority to regulate student participation in activities, the authority and liability of interscholastic associations, the liability of activity advisors, and the contractual status of cocurricular assignments. Chapter 1 provides a generalized "Introduction to the Law" for laymen, followed by a review of judicial attitudes toward control of participants and activities. Chapter 2, "Control of Students," reviews legal challenges to administrative rules governing student participation in activities, including questions of eligibility, transfer rules, sex equity, participation of the disabled, age/attendance requirements, out-of-school incidents, freedom of speech, and student publications. Chapter 3 concerns liability for injuries, including tips for avoiding claims of negligence. Chapter 4 covers legal aspects of assignment and removal of coaches and sponsors, as such actions are affected by state statutes, board policies, collective bargaining agreements, and individual teacher contracts. Chapter 5 concerns the control and use of school money and property for activities. Three appendixes are provided for assistance in legal research: (1) an explanatory diagram of the American court system, (2) a guide to finding the applicable law, and (3) instructions for reading a case. (TE)
Descriptors: Athletics, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Freedom of Speech, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Sex Fairness, Student Publications, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Publications, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, P.O. Box 3250, Reston, VA 22090 ($5.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling; orders of $15.00 or less must be accompanied by payment).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.