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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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Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Auburn U. student government members admit to stealing newspapers to censor editorial

Two members of Auburn University’s Student Government Association have admitted to stealing more than 1,000 copies of The Auburn Plainsman's Aug. 28 issue in an attempt to censor an editorial criticizing changes to a campus shuttle bus service.

Nebraska school district to allow weapons in ‘tasteful’ senior portraits

The Broken Bow Public Schools board unanimously approved the new senior photographs policy Monday, which states high school seniors can pose with “an item that is ordinarily considered a weapon (rifle, shotgun, knife, etc).”

Colorado county clerk reverses decision to remove student newspapers featuring election coverage

Angela Myers, the county clerk and recorder, told staff members of The Rocky Mountain Collegian on Tuesday morning to move issues of the paper with a U.S. Senate candidate’s photo from the rack closest to a drop-off ballot box because it violated state electioneering laws.

N.J. school district hires communications officer as high school newspaper adviser

John Tagliareni, a member of the Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission and a past president of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association, said appointing the district’s communications officer is “an effort to control what goes on in the student press.”

New federal regulations on campus crime increase transparency

New rules that change what colleges have to do under the Clery Act were published today. The new regulations — the result of months of discussions and negotiations following the 2013 passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act — are designed to lend greater transparency to the process by which colleges respond to crimes of sexual violence affecting students.

100 copies of student newspaper at Texas Wesleyan U. reported stolen

Kay Colley, student media director, and Paula Justice, The Rambler’s editor-in-chief, noticed the missing copies of the Oct. 8 edition a week later. Two news stands that carry the newspaper — one in the student union and one in the social and natural sciences building — were found empty Wednesday, and a recycling bin near one of the stands was filled with the Oct. 8 edition, Justice said.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

From the hotline: do I have fewer First Amendment rights in a journalism class?

While it's true that these are are factors in figuring out the scope of rights, it's not that simple. 

From the hotline: can I be punished for fighting censorship?

You can't be punished for opposing censorship — at least, not lawfully — as long as you don't break any laws or rules in how you choose to protest.

From the hotline: what do I do when I'm censored?

We spend a lot of time learning about how the First Amendment is supposed to work and very little time learning what to do when it doesn't.

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