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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.

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Report: Most Americans think students should be free to post about school administrators on social media

A new survey conducted by the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center found that 60 percent of Americans think that students should be allowed to post their opinions about school administration on social media, without the threat of punishment. 

Iowa student journalists launch independent newspaper after facing campus retaliation

A small group of student journalists have raised almost $4,000 so far to start an independent newspaper after facing harassment and intimidation from administrators for articles published in their college newspaper. 

Calif. district installs safeguards for student press freedom, but protests over censorship continue

In response to an ACLU letter that called for an investigation into the alleged censorship of an article in The Matador student newspaper, a California school district announced plans to better protect the student press, but critics have called the district's actions inadequate.

North Carolina Appeals Court upholds cyberbullying conviction over claims of First Amendment violations

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a criminal conviction of cyberbullying against a high school student who posted disparaging comments about a classmate on Facebook.

RELEASE: Protect students’ rights to express dissent with school dress codes, SPLC tells federal appeals court

In a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal court of appeals, the Student Press Law Center argues that a ruling which allowed a Nevada school to punish two brothers who non-disruptively protested a school uniform code should be overturned, on the basis of the First Amendment. 

Two Kansas universities are in legal dispute over supervising student speech off campus

Kansas State University and Kansas University are involved in a legal dispute regarding how heavily universities can and should supervise student speech off campus under the guidelines set by Title IX.

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Student media guide to due process claims

When Jill Snyder, an eighth grade student at Blue Mountain Middle School in Orwigsburg, Pa., was reprimanded for violating the school dress code, she decided to take matters into her own hands.[1] After school, Snyder went home to create a mock MySpace page ridiculing her school principal.

Don't be mooted: A student plaintiff's guide to keeping your case alive after graduation

Although graduation day is traditionally a time for celebration and for new beginnings, it can bring an unhappy ending to the legal claims of a student who is challenging school censorship. In general, challenges to school policies must be raised by currently affected students. When a student graduates, a court may dismiss her claims as moot.

Sample press release to help combat censorship

A press release, which provides accurate information — with a point of view — to news media, community members and others who might provide public attention or support is an important tool in getting your message out.

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