University of Maryland professor Jason Nichols said Sunday that if students skip class to take part in political protests, they should be ready to accept the consequences of an absence.

Under one Maryland school district's proposal, students would be permitted to take part in political protests and other kinds of "civic engagement" during class up to three times a year.

The Montgomery County school board is expected to approve the proposal that would apply to high school students, according to The Washington Post.

Nichols said on Fox & Friends that there needs to be a distinction between civic engagement and a protest.

"I don't think that you always seek the permission of an institution in order to protest. That takes power away from the protest," he said. "If [students] are going to protest ... you have to accept the consequences of going to protest and I think that's a good thing."


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According to the Montgomery County school district's policies and regulations, a number of students, families and Board Members were interested in supporting students missing class to "participate in civic activities" last school year.

The district's current policy allows high school students to take part in "political campaign activity" during class time "at the request of the political candidate or organization" and in a two-week period before an election.

Nichols added on Sunday that he doesn't believe the proposal will simply give students free reign to protest the president.

"If you're going to step out, you're going to have to be OK with the fact that you are going to have to deal with an absence on your record."

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