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.
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.
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.
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.
The American University student plans to donate most of the settlement to a scholarship fund for high schoolers in Ferguson who want to study journalism in college.
Two former "American Idol" contestants waited too long to file their defamation suit against the parent company of MTV and VH1, a federal appeals court decides. The ruling is the latest to apply the "single publication rule" to an article continuously available on a news website. The decision should be reassuring to online publishers -- but with some important cautions.
A committee of the Wyoming Press Association, students and university officials will form recommendations on what to do with student emails under public records law.
The California audit found 13 reporting errors. Only one college audited correctly reported its crime statistics.
Student journalist Jonathan Capriel has won a public-records reporting award for several articles that exposed hazing, inequities and consumer rip-offs at the University of Memphis.
A former student who was expelled from a Georgia university for environmental activism without a hearing has received a $900,000 settlement after eight years.
Download a diagram determining students' First Amendment rights by state.
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. After school, Snyder went home to create a mock MySpace page ridiculing her school principal.
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.
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