Student's Bill of Rights on a Public
- THE RIGHT to meet with other
religious students. The Equal Access Act allows students the freedom to meet on campus for
the purpose of discussing religious issues.
- THE RIGHT to identify your
religious beliefs through signs and symbols. Students are free to express their religious
beliefs through signs and symbols.
- THE RIGHT to talk about your
religious beliefs on campus. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right mandated in the
Constitution and does not exclude the school yard.
- THE RIGHT to distribute
religious literature on campus. The Equal Access Act allows students the freedom to meet
on campus for the purpose of discussing religious issues.
- THE RIGHT to pray on campus.
Students may pray alone or with others so long as it does not disrupt school activities or
is not forced upon others.
- THE RIGHT to carry or study
your Bible on campus. The Supreme Court has said that only state-directed Bible reading is
- THE RIGHT to do research
papers, speeches, and creative projects with religious themes. The First Amendment does
not forbid all mention of religion in public schools.
- THE RIGHT to be exempt.
Student may be exempt from activities and class content that contradict their religious
- THE RIGHT to celebrate or
study religious holidays on campus. Music, art, literature, and drama that have religious
themes are permitted as part of the curriculum for school activities if presented in an
objective manner as a traditional part of the cultural and religious heritage of the
- THE RIGHT to meet with school
officials. The First Amendment to the Constitution forbids Congress to make any law that
would restrict the right of the people to petition the government (school officials).
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