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Recruiter Access

Section 708.1 | Board Report 21-0127-PO1 | Date Adopted January 27, 2021

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That the Chicago Board of Education (“Board”) amend the Recruiter Access Policy, 08-0123-PO3. The policy was posted for public comment from November 16, 2020 to December 16, 2020.


This policy is being amended pursuant to federal and state laws that require school districts to grant military recruiters the same access they grant to colleges and other career recruiters. 10 U.S.C. 503 (Enlistments); 20 U.S.C. 7908 (Strengthening and Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Schools); and the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.5a, 5/34-18. It establishes the parameters for college recruiters, military recruiters, prospective employers, and other providers of career information to have access to high schools, high school students, or their directory information. It is meant to ensure that students have access to information about the range of educational and career options available to them so they can make informed decisions. By adopting this Policy, the Board does not intend to endorse the message of any particular recruiter or to designate its school buildings or any part thereof as a public forum.


I. Definitions

For the purpose of this Policy only, the following definitions apply:

  • “Recruiter” means an entity with information for high school students about a college or university; trade school or apprenticeship; scholarship, grant or loan; or other post-secondary-school vocational or career opportunity. Recruiters include college recruiters, prospective employers, military recruiters and entities that offer information on alternatives to military careers.
  • “Career Information” means factual material designed to help students make an informed decision whether or where to continue their education, seek job training, or get a job.
  • “Career Information Site” means a bulletin board in a counseling office or other area of the school that is accessible to students or a location on the school’s website where career information can be posted for viewing by students.
  • “Directory Information” means a high school student’s name, address and telephone number.

II. Release of Directory Information to Institutions of Higher Education and Military Recruiters

  • Requests for Directory Information: Institutions of higher education and military recruiters may request Directory Information on high school seniors and juniors only by submitting a written request to the Department of Policy and Procedures, 1 North Dearborn, 9th floor, Chicago, IL 60602. All requests by higher education and military recruiters for the release of Directory Information must be submitted to Department of Policy and Procedures for handling. Recruiters may not request individual high schools to release Directory Information on their students. Release of Directory Information will not occur prior to the completion of the opt-out process noted in Section II.B. below.
  • Opt-Out: Parents, guardians, and students age 18 and older must use the Directory and Recruiter Information Opt-Out Form if they would like to opt-out of the distribution of their student’s directory information. This form must be distributed by schools to parents/guardians. Parents, guardians, and students age 18 and older that want to opt-out of the distribution of their student’s directory information must submit the Directory and Recruiter Information Opt-Out Form to their school. School officials must enter the responses into the Student Information System when received. The opt-out request must include the student’s name, school, and CPS identification number.

    Opt-out requests must be submitted before December 1st.

III. Recruiters Access to High Schools and District-Wide Events

IV. Recruiter Conduct

V. Violations

  • Any violation of this Policy must be reported to the principal or the Department of Policy and Procedure.
  • Any employee who violates this Policy will be subject to discipline under the Employee Discipline and Due Process Policy.
  • If a principal finds that a Recruiter has violated this Policy, they must deliver written notice of the violation to the Recruiter, explaining that additional violations may result in the Recruiter’s exclusion from the school. In the event of repeated violations of this policy, the Principal may exclude the Recruiter, or any of their individual agents for the remainder of the school year.
  • If the principal determines that a Recruiter is interfering with the educational process or creating a nuisance that interferes with students’ peaceful enjoyment of school activities, the principal may withdraw permission for the Recruiter to access school facilities and/or direct the Recruiter to leave the premises. After taking either action, the principal must notify the Recruiter and the Department of Policy and Procedure, in writing, of the reason for the action.

VI. Appeal

Any Recruiter who is denied access to the school, or who disagrees with any restriction imposed by the principal, may make a written appeal to the Department of Policy and Procedure. The Department of Policy and Procedure must decide the appeal within five school days and that decision will be final.

Policy References

Amends/Rescinds Amends 08-0123-PO3
Cross References  
Legal References 10 U.S.C. 503, 20 U.S.C. 1232g-h, 7908; 105 ILCS 5/10-20.5a, 5/34-18(16), 10/6.
Public Comment Pursuant to Board Rule 2-6 this Policy was subject to Public Comment from 11/16/20 – 12/16/20

Policy Managed By Department of Policy, Ethics, and Records


1 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602