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High School Privacy: Student Rights

This poll was generated by college students involved in a research project concerning the level of individual rights and privacy afforded to students in US high schools. (grades 8-12)
Your Gender:
Male
Female
Your Age:
<13
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20>
Current Status:
Currently attending High School
Graduated High School or Equivalency
Never completed High School
Does/Did your High School adopt a policy governing searching a student or his/her possessions?
Yes
No
Not Sure
Do you think it is acceptable for a school administration to be allowed to search a student or his/her possessions?
Yes
No
Depends on the circumstances
In order to execute this search, what level of prior suspicion do you think is nescessary?
None, schools officials should be able to conduct searches at any time in the interest of safety
Limited, they should only be conducted when a level of reasonable suspicion is established
Full, schools should follow legal channels (law enforcement) and obtain a search warrant
In many states now, lockers are considered school property and may be searched at any time without consent from the student. Do you agree with this concept?
Yes
No
Depends on the circumstances
Citing school safety as the priority, some schools have resorted to strip-searching students who are suspected of possessing contraband, weapons, or controlled dangerous substances. Do you feel this is acceptable under any circumstances?
Yes
No
Depends on the circumstances
If during the course of a legal and school approved search, illegal weapons, drugs, or contraband is recovered how do you feel the school should handle the matter?
Internally discipline the student
Go through legal channels and/or file criminal complaints
Both
Depends on the circumstances
In light of recent court cases involving student privacy and hazings there has been much controversy in the locker room settings of schools. Did your school require students to change clothes prior to physical education or other activities?
Yes, Changing was mandatory
No, Changing was optional
No.
If your school required you to change clothes, was a private changing area made available to students?
No, all changing was done in a traditional communal locker room setting
Yes, a private area was provided for modest students
Yes, All of the facilities were private
My school did not require us to change
Did your school require students to shower following physical education?
Yes, showers were mandatory
No, showers were optional
No, my school was not equipped with shower facilities
Did your school require students to shower following sports practice or other activities?
Yes, showers were mandatory
No, showers were optional
No, my school was not equipped with shower facilities
If your school provided shower facilities did they provide an area that afforded privacy?
No, all of the showers were communal and did not yield any privacy
Yes, private showers were made available to modest students
Yes, all shower facilities were private
My school was not equipped with shower facilities
If your school did not provide private changing areas or shower facilities did performing these activities in front of your peers make you uncomfortable?
No
Yes
Never thought about it
In a recent court case, a public high school removed the stall doors on all student restroom facilities (both male and female) to inhibit smoking and drug usage during school hours. Do you feel that this is acceptable?
Yes
No
Not Sure
Did your high school provide private stall areas in the student restrooms?
Yes
No, there were no doors
No, there were no partitions or doors
If your school did not provide private restroom facilities, or if they were removed in the interests of school safety would using these facilities make you feel uncomfortable?
Yes
No
Not Sure
Some schools have implemented the logging of all internet and e-mail activities performed on school computers. Do you feel that this is acceptable?
Yes, the educational institution has a responsibility to keep questionable content from students
Yes, but the students must be made aware that these controls are in place
No, the internet is considered free speech and the school has no right to record this data
Did your school implement similar procedures on their computer systems?
Yes
No
Not Sure
Overall, do you feel that your school afforded yourself and fellow students an acceptable level of privacy and security?
Yes
No, improvement is needed
Do you feel that recent political and governmental influences have a place in the US education system?
Yes
No
Not Sure
Finally, what type of high school do/did you attend?
Public
Private
Other
Multiple Types
This poll was created on 2001-12-01 02:54:06 by poll1913