N.J. appeals court rejects student conduct rules

    An appeals court has upheld limits that prevent school districts from imposing around-the-clock code of conducts on students.

    The court on Tuesday sided with the state Education Department when it found the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional School District board overstepped its authority.

    The board in 2009 created a rule that temporarily banned students from sports and extracurricular activities if they were accused of drinking alcohol, using drugs or breaking other laws, off campus or after school.

     

    The court sided with a former education commissioner who invalidated the rule.

    The commissioner found schools can only punish students for off-campus behavior to spare them or others from harm, and the misconduct must have “some link to the school environment.”

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