The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

5840 - STUDENT GROUPS

Clubs and other approved organizations may be created to address the interests of as many students as possible. Student groups shall be recognized as authorized school organizations only if they are approved by the school administration, sponsored by school-approved personnel, composed of members of the current student body, hold the majority of their meetings at school, and have established educational goals.

Membership or participation in the organization or operation of any fraternity, sorority, or other secret group as described by law is prohibited. The following procedures apply:

 

A.

All students and teachers should be fully informed as to the provisions of the law and the penalties for violations.

     
 

B.

Every student, grades 6-12, should be required to sign an affidavit of non-affiliation with sororities and fraternities and this affidavit should be countersigned by the parents.

     
 

C.

Sponsors of student activities, and other instructional personnel, shall report to the principal any evidence that any student under his/her jurisdiction is a member of a secret organization, as defined above.

     
 

D.

When a principal receives a report from a faculty member or other students that a student is a member of an illegal organization, the principal shall immediately arrange for a conference with the student and parent or guardian regarding such membership. If the student admits to being a member of such an organization, the principal should apply the penalties as provided in Florida law.

     
 

E.

If a student, however, denies membership in a secret organization but has not demonstrated this non-membership to the satisfaction of the principal, the principal shall request the proper juvenile authorities to investigate the case and report their findings to the principal.

 

F.

If the principal is subjected to legal action as a result of implementing this policy, the principal shall be represented by the School Board Attorney’s Office.

When students deny that they are members of a prohibited group, the following may be accepted as reasons for invoking the procedures:

 

A.

The student's own statement as to membership.

     
 

B.

A student's displaying any decals, wearing of any insignia, jewelry, or special clothing known to be associated with such an organization.

     
 

C.

A student's participation in hazing or other sorority/fraternity activities.

   
 

The above constitutes prima facie evidence.

   
 

D.

The student's refusal to sign a statement denying membership in such an organization, or statement of intent not to become a member.

     
 

E.

Refusal by the student's parents/legal guardians to endorse such a statement.

Principals are not required to approve junior organizations or societies sponsored by organizations exempted by law to operate within the school. Principals should not approve junior organizations or societies sponsored by these groups unless these organizations are willing to comply with this policy.

School authorities are responsible for the sponsorship of organizations on the approved list. Parents are responsible for their children's participation in nonschool groups. When the club activities of any group or individual violate the law and school rules and regulations, that individual or group will be subject to the penalties provided by Florida law.

The Board shall not allow any gang or gang-related activity to occur on District property or while students are under the Board's jurisdiction.

F.S. 1006.14