The goal of our programs for students and other young people is to
protect their constitutional rights wherever they are threatened,
including in their schools.
School rules should be reasonable and consistent with some basic principles:
- Students should be free to express themselves as long as they do not threaten or intimidate others or disrupt school activities.
- Students' behavior during off school hours and away from school is not the school's business.
- School rules should be enforced fairly and consistently, with no student singled out, picked on or favored.
- Rules should be directly related to the educational program and have an educational purpose.
rules must comply with state and federal laws that prohibit
discrimination, corporal punishment, and other violations of students'
To learn more about your rights download our Ask Sybil Liberty Fact Sheets.
We are committed to Making Schools Safe for ALL Students including
those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.
If you believe your rights have been violated or you have
been discriminated against in the school environment or in your
community, there are actions you can take. Learn more about how to
File a Complaint with the ACLU.
Interested in starting an ACLU student chapter at your school? Colleges and high schools are encouraged to contact us for details.
Public Education Manager
ACLU of Eastern Missouri
454 Whittier Street, St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 652-3114 fax: (314) 652-3112
To contact staff via email please use their first name attached to: @aclu-em.org