Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesStudents who attend Eden Prairie High School have various rights and responsibilities. Students also have responsibilities to teachers, other staff, and fellow students. The following describes student rights and opportunities as well as student responsibilities.
Access to RecordsRights/Opportunities:
- Students’ parents/guardians and eligible students under federal law generally have the right to view their school records according to state and federal laws.
- Students have the right to privacy regarding any school records. Any disclosure of information from student records will be consistent with legal requirements and the discipline policy established by the school district.
- Students are responsible for following established building and district procedures regarding access to their school records.
Dress and Grooming
- Students have the opportunity to wear clothing of their choosing and to engage in personal grooming which is not potentially disruptive to the education process, which does not pose a threat to the health or safety of other students and which is not lewd, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit or discriminatory.
- Students are responsible for dressing in such a manner that is not disruptive or likely to disrupt the learning environment, is not a health and safety hazard, is not obscene, is not sexually explicit, discriminatory or associated with threat/hate groups, including gangs. Clothing which displays references to alcohol, chemicals, tobacco or other products which are illegal for use by minors is not permitted.
- Students have the right of equal opportunity to participate in all school activities and school education programs for which they are eligible within limits.
- Students are responsible for following the rules and regulations of the school-sponsored activity in which they participate or others participate. Students may not discourage the participation of other students.
- Students have the right to due process as defined in the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act when involved in a violation of district rules. Included is the opportunity to hear the nature of the violation and to give their account of the situation.
- Students have the right to be informed of all current school policies, rules and regulations that apply to them.
- Students have the right to be informed of all classroom expectations.
- Students have the right to be treated respectfully by district employees and other students.
- Students have the right to be free from corporal punishment by school personnel.
- Students have the right to be free from unreasonable physical contact from teachers and other district personnel. Reasonable force to restrain or correct a student from injuring self or other persons, however is allowable.
- Students are responsible for treating all persons respectfully, responding to all directives or inquiries from staff, and for following rules and regulations that apply to them.
- Students are responsible for being knowledgeable about and following all school policies, rules and regulations that apply to them.
- Students are responsible for being knowledgeable about and meeting all classroom expectations and evaluation procedures that apply to them.
- Students are responsible for treating others including other students and district employees in a respectful manner. Students also are expected to treat the property of others and the district responsibly.
- Students are responsible for refraining from using force or physical contact for the purposes of inflicting physical and emotional harm on another.
- Students are responsible for respecting the space and freedom of those around them. Students also are responsible for not engaging in conduct that threatens to injure themselves, other persons and property.
Free Speech and Expression
- Students have the right to free speech so long as such speech does not violate the rights of others.
- Students have the right of assembly within the reasonable time, place and manner restrictions of the school district. Those restrictions will be made available to all students before they are enforced.
- Students are responsible for expressing opinions, publishing written materials and distributing literature in such a manner that is not defaming, obscene, discriminatory, sexually explicit, associated with threat/hate groups, including gangs, or contains references to alcohol, chemicals, tobacco, or other products which are illegal for use by minors, that does not interfere with the rights of others or disrupt the atmosphere of learning in the school and follows school regulations regarding time, place and manner.
- Students are responsible, when assembling, for exhibiting appropriate behavior and following the reasonable time, place and manner restrictions of the school district.
- Students have the right to be free from sexual harassment and violence, racial harassment and violence, and religious harassment and violence arising out of the physical or verbal conduct of other students, school personnel and others.
- Students are responsible for being aware of school district policies regarding harassment and for maintaining an environment free from harassment, intimidation and abuse. Students are also responsible for reporting to a teacher, staff or administrator incidents of physical, sexual and verbal harassment, intimidation and/or abuse that they have experienced or of which they are aware.
- Students have the opportunity to receive a comprehensive appropriate education.
- Students have the opportunity to attend school in a safe environment that is free from disruptive behavior by others.
- Students have the opportunity to make up school work missed during an excused absence.
- Students have the right to necessary home/hospital instruction as regulated by state guidelines when absent for an extended period.
- Students are responsible for daily attendance, for completing class assignments on time and for bringing appropriate materials required for class use.
- Students are responsible for behaving in such a manner that does not pose a potential or actual danger to themselves or others and that is not disruptive to the learning process for others.
- Students are responsible for obtaining and completing make-up work assigned for periods of absence.
- Students are responsible for completing work assigned as part of the home/hospital instructional process.
- Students have the right to be free from discrimination based upon race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance or disability.
- Students are responsible for treating other students and district employees in a nondiscriminatory manner.
- Students generally have the right to privacy of their persons and personal property when engaging, participating or pursuing curricular activities on a school location. In such instances, a student’s person or personal property may only be searched by school officials if there is reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of a school rule or of the law.
- Students have the opportunity to utilize school lockers, desks and other designated areas for storing appropriate items of personal property subject to the understanding that such areas are within the exclusive control of the school district and that such areas may be searched for any reason, at any time without permission, consent or requirement for a search warrant in accordance with the school district’s locker policy
- Students have the right to privacy regarding information which is collected or maintained about them because they are a student. Such information will be released in accordance with state and federal law. Matters of child neglect, physical or sexual abuse must be reported to the proper authorities according to state law. Matters involving criminal behavior may also be reported to the proper authorities.
- Students are responsible for refraining from bringing onto school location or to school-sponsored events any item or material that is in violation of school district policy, school rules, or state and federal laws if the item(s) would cause, or tend to cause, a disruptive activity or endanger the health and safety of students or other people.
- Students are responsible for keeping their lockers free of any items that are illegal or that are prohibited under school rules and district policies.
- Students are responsible for reporting matters of abuse or illegal activity to school personnel.
Safety and Security
- Students have the right to feel safe in the school building, on campus, and at school sponsored events.
- Students are responsible for reporting any safety concerns regarding themselves or others. Students are expected to report any concerns to any responsible adult in the building, such as a teacher, counselor, security monitor, dean, or advisor, who will then notify the building principal or designee of the allegation.
- Students have the opportunity to form and participate in student government which is open to all members of the student body being represented. The purpose of the existence of student government is to represent and to be responsive to the needs of all students.
- Students are responsible, when forming a student government, for establishing purposeful bylaws. The student government is responsible for communicating with the student body, faculty and administration and being aware of and complying with any policies of the school district that may affect the formation of procedural aspects of the student government.