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The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Press Freedom & Censorship

Americans have never been more reliant on students to bring them the day's news. We make sure students can fearlessly share ideas and information free from retaliation.

School Transparency

We're shining a spotlight in the dark crevices of campuses where financial mismanagement and safety hazards hide. Citizen engagement starts with open, accountable government.

Civic Participation

Students want a say in education policy, and policymakers need to hear their unique perspective. We help young people use their voices to advocate for social change.

Online Citizenship

The SPLC advocates for sensible, non-punitive responses to online incivility, with curriculum based on the skills, ethics and values of journalism instead of expulsions and arrests.

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Complete this online form to submit a media law question or report censorship to the SPLC.

Open Record Letter Generator

Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Tug of war

For high school newspaper advisers, standing up for students’ free speech can come with a price.

Getting by with a little help from our friends: SPJ endorses New Voices U.S. campaigns

For the second year, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution at this year's Excellence in Journalism conference in support of New Voices press freedom legislation across the country.

Supreme Court won't act to remedy unjust attorney-fee reduction for student-rights lawyer

Attorney Ronald McGuire was dragged through multiple rounds of appeals by the College of Staten Island and the New York attorney general's office representing editors of a college newspaper, but will have only $56,000 to show for 19 years of legal work. 

An unintended consequence of Title IX

Without clear direction from the Department of Education, some colleges are overreaching their authority into student media to demand compliance with the anti-sex discrimination statute.

Shouldn't have to say this, but three judges just did: If your college forces you to be molested by your classmates, you have a First Amendment right to complain

Students at Florida's Valencia College who complained about being forced to serve as test subjects for vaginal ultrasound exams will get their day in court, after a three-judge federal appeals panel restored their First Amendment claim and sent the case back for trial.

It's the law: New Voices of Maryland now protects college, high school journalists' independence

Maryland becomes the 10th state with heightened statutory protection for student journalists, and one of the few to expressly protect journalism educators against retaliation. 

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

Links to sites that offer downloadable images and music licensed for reuse

Taking photos and shooting video at protests, demonstrations and crime scenes

College campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods regularly are the scene of mass public gatherings, some celebratory and some enraged, some planned and some spontaneous.

First Amendment and Censorship FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about a student’s right to a free press.

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