As a teacher of 7+ years, it is clear that students have strong opinions about rules and policies that are enforced at schools, from the dress code and recess rules to cell phone use. Generally, students exhibit a strong dislike of and reaction to rules and policies since they are not given the opportunity to provide input. Thus came the idea of some way that students could be part of the process as co-creators and not solely obeyers of rules/policies.
During a rapid prototyping session, I came up with a rough process (see image) to build rules and policies with students' input.
Step 1: Choose topic area, build committee, and build understanding
Choose a particular "heated" issue on campus and gather a small committee of students and faculty to share their stories about the policy/rule and how it impacts their day to day. This is the EMPATHY phase.
Step 2: Identify problem and unmet need
Both students and faculty jointly identify the problem/unmet need.
Step 3: Brainstorm possible ideas to address the problem
Both students and faculty jointly brainstorm ideas that could solve the problem/unmet need.
Step 4: Create draft policy
Both students and faculty draft a policy that they will present to the administration
Step 5: Review, update, and present updated policy
The administration reviews the policy, makes necessary changes, and presents updated policy to the committee, explaining the "why" behind any changes made
Step 6: Final policy/rule is posted in area and/or published in handbook
Let me know if you have any other additions/suggestions for this process. I think it has the power to empower students as part of the solution instead of part of the problem.