Student Information


Students' Rights and Responsibilities

Know Your Rights -School rules must comply with state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, corporal punishment, harassment (i.e.: gay and lesbian students), and other violations of students' constitutional rights.

Student Speech -The First Amendment protects individuals’ right to free speech and expression regardless of the popularity of the viewpoint.  Free speech is vital to a vibrant democracy.  ACLU-TN has long championed individuals’ right to speak, read, publish and protest freely, without fear of censorship.

Gender Equality -Women have made great strides in the fight for equality, including women’s suffrage and inroads in equal opportunity in the workplace and education.  However, women and girls still face women still face discrimination, violence, and institutional barriers to equal participation in society.  ACLU-TN works to ensure that women can enjoy the benefits of full equality and participation in work, education, and every sphere of our communities.

Privacy and Technology -As technology advances, we need to make sure that protections for privacy and free speech aren’t left behind.  ACLU-TN works to expand the right to privacy, increase individuals’ control over their personal information, and ensure that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by technological innovation.

LGBT Equality -ACLU has been fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people since 1936, when it brought its first gay rights case. Our goal is an America where LGBT people can live openly, with their identities, relationships and families respected.  We fight discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, working for fair treatment on the job and in schools, housing, public places and health care.

TN State Board of Education -Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to students' rights and responsibilities in relation to: Attendance & Truancy, School Enrollment & Assignment, School Records, Grades & Graduation, Homeschooling, Charter Schools, Custody, Discipline, and Administration. 

Tennessee's Bullying, Harassment, & Cyberbullying Laws -It is a crime in Tennessee for any person to harass another person by any form of communication, including email, text message, or social networking posts. The crime may escalate to a felony if the victim is under 18.  Tennessee law requires all TN school districts to develop and implement a policy prohibiting cyberbullying of students with discipline for violations spelled out.