Student Rights

Students! Know Your Rights!


A publication of the ACLU of Ohio Foundation

This handbook outlines your rights as a public school student. 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 student, you have the power to make change. Student activists all over the country have been successful in challenging school policies or actions that violate the Constitution.

Use this guide in conjunction with your school’s handbook.  Talk with your parents, teachers or other school officials if you think someone’s rights have been violated.

Click here to read or download the guide.

Contents include information on:

  • Freedom of Speech and Expression
  • Religious Freedom
  • Search and Seizure
  • Discrimination
  • Discipline
  • Student Records
  • Military Recruitment

Click here to read or download the guide.