Declaration of Human Rights
Spectrum Community School
United States of America Declaration of Human Rights
Approved in December 1992
In recognition of the reality that young people in our community, our nation, and our world are often denied their basic human dignity and human rights.
We, the students of Spectrum Community School, declare that the following rights must be affirmed and guaranteed for all students in all schools, public and private.
Students Have A Right:
- To express themselves freely through speech, artistic creation, dress, or other methods.
- To learn according to their own pace and style.
- To participate in school decisions.
- To equal educational opportunity.
- To question school authority.
- To fair and due process.
- To attend a school of choice.
- To recognition and respect as an individual.
- To confidentiality of personal information.
- To be free from any verbal abuse, especially sexual harassment or racial, ethnic, or religious slurs.
- To be free from nonverbal forms of sexism and racism.
- To be free from threats or acts of violence.To be free from harassment towards their beliefs, values, religion, musical taste, appearance, hair style, clothing, sexual preference, economic status, or membership or non-membership in any group or clique.
Amendments to this Declaration require the approval of the Faculty, Student Council, Human Rights Exchange Board of Directors, and the Student Body.
- Students have a right to be free from malicious gossip. (April 1993)
- These rights are extended to all school personnel, including bus drivers, secretaries, and substitute teachers. (January 1994)
- Students and all school personnel have a right to study and work in a violence-free zone. In the history of Spectrum Community School, people have been able to be themselves and gain an education without being harassed. Threatening behaviors intended to provoke, encourage, or communicate the threat of violence are not permitted. (January 1994)
- All persons have the right to be free from the display, the distribution, and the disruptive or excessive advocacy of illegal substances. (November 1996)
- Everyone at Spectrum has the right to be free from thievery and/or damage to his or her property. (December 1998)