C-41. Student Rights and Responsibilities

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The National Education Association believes that basic student rights include the right to safe and stable school environments; free inquiry and expression; freedom of the press; due process; gender equity; freedom of association; freedom of peaceful assembly and petition; participation in the governance of the school, college, and university; freedom from discrimination; freedom from commercial exploitation, including the payment of subminimum wages; and equal educational opportunity.

The Association further believes that randomly searching students without reasonable suspicion is a violation of their constitutional freedoms and is detrimental to school safety, restorative justice, student morale, instructional time, and nurturing learning environments.

The Association also believes that each of these rights carries with it a comparable responsibility. Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work and assessments, and conformance to school rules and regulations that do not abrogate these rights. Students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living. No student has the right to interfere with the education of other students. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of each person involved in the educational process.

The Association further believes that randomly searching students without reasonable suspicion is a violation of their constitutional freedoms and is detrimental to school safety, restorative justice, student morale, instructional time, and nurturing learning environments.