Important Legal Updates for the Office of the General Counsel
Posted February 7, 2013
As you plan for your upcoming graduation ceremonies, please be reminded that federal law and the US Constitution (1st Amendment) prohibit public schools from conducting graduation ceremonies at religious facilities. If you have any questions about the use of a facility, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (313) 873-4528.
As we approach the prom season, please be reminded that it is unconstitutional and contrary to DPS policy to ban same sex couples from attending the prom. You cannot attempt to circumvent the law or the District’s policy by requiring same sex couples submit advance requests or permissions slips unless such requirements are applied to all students. If you have questions about the District’s sexual harassment policies, please contact the Office of General Counsel at (313) 873-4528.