In school, young people not only learn about their constitutional rights but also see firsthand how those rights may be affected by the actions of others. The ACLU of Utah is dedicated to protecting students' constitutional rights and helping them understand their rights in school.

Know Your Rights

 (Updated March 2018)

Utah Students! Know Your Rights: A Guide for Utah Public High School Students

You'll discover what you need to know about:

  • Your Right to an Education
  • Freedom of Speech & Expression Religious Freedom
  • Search and Seizure
  • Discrimination
  • Discipline Student Records
  • Military Recruitment

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Students' Rights: Speech, walkouts, and other protests

A resource from National ACLU. If you're a public school student, you don't check your constitutional rights at the schoolhouse doors. But whether schools can punish you for speaking out depends on when, where, and how you decide to express yourself. That's why it's essential that everyone — especially students and allies — learns about students' rights.

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Complete ACLU of Utah Know Your Rights Resources

We have many free resources that can answer any questions about what behavior is acceptable in certain situations. Click the button below for a complete "Know Your Rights" Guides and other information that can educate you about what rights you have in certain situations.

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Scholarships 

We provide scholarships for Utah High School Seniors who have taken action to protect civil liberties. Each year we offer four (4) scholarships of $3,500 each for a total of $14,000 in scholarships awarded.

To qualify for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be a Utah resident;
  • Be a current high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student;
  • Have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. If the GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant is still eligible but must submit an explanation for the lower GPA;
  • Have proof of strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism addressing such issues as equality, racial justice, free speech, religious freedom, tolerance, and privacy.

LEARN ABOUT PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

For questions or more information, please send us an email to scholarship@acluutah.org