Student Participation in Shared Governance
Student Rights & Responsibilities
Santa Clarita Community College District
Policy: 528 - Student Affairs: STUDENT RIGHTS AND
Date Adopted: 12/11/91
The process of educating students for responsible citizenship in a
democratic society requires reasonable opportunity for them to
exercise the rights of freedom of speech and expression in the context
of the community college environment.
The purpose of this policy is to insure the exercise of these
rights with due regard to the rights of others and the need for
reasonable restrictions in the operation of the College.
In order to provide this experience for students within the
framework of Education Code Section 76120, the Board establishes the
following policies, to be supplemented by administrative rules and
regulations as reasonably required. Official college-sponsored
materials are not covered by this policy.
College of the Canyons' students have the right to exercise free
expression including, but not limited to, the use of bulletin boards,
the distribution of printed materials or petitions, and the wearing of
buttons, badges, and other insignia.
Circulation of Petitions, Circulars, Newspapers and Other
Students shall be allowed to distribute petitions, circulars,
leaflets, newspapers, and other printed matter subject to the
The time of distribution shall be limited to the hours that
college is in session. Distribution shall not be allowed during
special events, such as dances, banquets, commencement, etc.
Other restrictions shall be in keeping with the administrative
rules and regulations.
All distribution activities shall be confined to areas
specified by the Coordinator, Student Activities. Distribution
Take place in college building,
Interfere with the normal flow of traffic, or
Impede entrance to or exit from college facilities.
Coercion is not to be used to induce students to accept
the printed matter or to sign petitions.
Funds or donations may not be collected for the material
distributed, except as permitted by other sections of Board
Copies of leaflets and printed materials to be
distributed or posted shall be submitted to the designated
college official (Coordinator, Student Activities) for
approval prior to distribution. This action should take
place at least seventy-two hours prior to such distribution
to insure ample time for appeals. These copies shall be kept
on file in the Student Activities Office. Approval or
disapproval of such distribution shall be indicated within
twenty-four (24) hours, subsequent to receipt, or by the
same time the next college day. The official may limit the
number of students, or group of students, who may distribute
materials in any one day, as well as the number of
distribution days for any one handout.
Materials may not be left unattended on college grounds
unless placed in an administratively approved distribution
All copies of handout materials must clearly indicate the
name of the sponsoring student or on-campus group making
Persons responsible for distribution of materials will
also be responsible for appropriate cleanup activities.
Buttons, Badges, and Other Insignia or Symbolic Expression
Students shall be permitted to wear buttons, badges, arm bands,
and other insignia as a form of expression, subject to the
hereinafter mentioned prohibitions.
In keeping with administrative rules and regulations, students
shall be provided with bulletin boards for use in posting student
materials on campus locations convenient to student use.
In the exercise of the student rights described above, and in
accordance with the guidelines established in Ed. Code Section 76120, no
student shall distribute materials, wear buttons or other displays nor
post notices or other materials which:
Are obscene to minors according to current legal definitions.
Are libelous or slanderous according to current legal
Incite students so as to create a clear and present danger of
imminent commission of unlawful acts on college premises or of the
violation of lawful college regulations or of the substantial
disruption of the orderly operation of the college.
Express or advocate racial, ethnic, religious, age, gender or
sexual orientation prejudice so as to create a clear and present
danger of imminent commission of unlawful acts on college premises
or of the violation of lawful college regulations or of the
substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the College.
Are distributed in violation of the time, place, and manner
The Superintendent-President of the College shall designate a
person (Chief Student Services Officer, or other administrator) to
review material and exercise administrative responsibilities as
required by this policy. However, any student may appeal a decision of
the aforementioned administrator concerning this policy to the
Superintendent-President or designee who shall render a decision
within a reasonable time or no later than one college day after
receipt of the appeal.
Violation of this policy by any student is sufficient cause for
suitable disciplinary action.
The designated College administrator shall develop administrative
rules and regulations to implement this policy.