Students! Know Your Rights: A Guide For Utah High School Students - Table of Contents
The material provided here is for basic informational purposes only. It is not meant to be and should not be taken as legal advice, nor should you rely on this information instead of seeking the advice of an attorney. The legal issues surrounding civil rights and civil liberties are among the most complex in the law, and a person’s rights may vary from case to case depending on small and subtle details. Only a lawyer who has taken the time to become fully aware of the facts in a given case can provide you with sound legal advice.
If you feel your rights have been violated, please let us know the details by filling out a complaint form on our website. You may also want to contact a private attorney, especially if there are important time constraints. The law imposes time limits on most actions to defend your rights, so it is important to act quickly. If you do not know how to reach an attorney, access the Lawyer Referral Service of the Utah Bar Association. They will be able to direct you to a lawyer experienced in the type of law involved in your case.
If you are under 18, finding a lawyer can be difficult. Many lawyers do not represent minor clients without a parent’s permission. If it is possible, speak to a trusted adult about finding a lawyer. There are also free or low cost legal assistance available in Utah and the location and hours can be access through our website by clicking here.
This is a work in progress.
This webpage outlines your rights as a public school student.
Over the years, the courts have defined which limits on student rights are constitutional and which are not. Schools must balance the need to provide a safe and orderly environment against a student’s rights to privacy, free speech, and religion. As a result, you have fewer rights in school than you do outside of school. The law constantly changes, and the trend has been towards further limiting student rights, especially in light of growing concerns about violence, gangs, and drugs in schools.
With so many unresolved issues muddying the legal landscape, the ACLU is working vigorously to defend and extend the rights and protections of students.
Here’s what you can do to protect your rights in school: