CODE No.: 500.3
STUDENT/PARENTS DUE PROCESS RIGHTS
Individuals rights granted by the Constitution of the United States are granted to all people regardless of age, sex, race, or creed. Students have rights as individuals; the school disciplinary procedures should not violate those rights.
The essential rights involved in disciplinary procedures stem from the concept of due process. Under this concept, students/parents are entitled:
- To know what the rules and regulations are;
- To be notified of charges and provided the opportunity to respond to those charges;
- To have counsel;
- To appeal a decision about the charges to a higher level, and
- To have the charges or penalties removed from their records if the evidence demonstrates innocence or non-involvement.
In the administration of procedures and throughout the provisions for essential rights, the student shall be made to feel that his/her value as a person is not questioned. What may be questioned is the student’s behavior. Students should understand that they are expected to be responsible and accountable for their actions.
Legal Ref.: Constitution of Iowa, Art. I., Sec. 9