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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

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Missing

In the months since the 2016-17 school year began, a number of college newspapers have struggled with the theft or vandalism of their campus publications.

Court punts Kansas social-media expulsion case, finds no consensus on college students' online rights

Nobody -- including University of Kansas disciplinarians -- knows where the First Amendment boundary lines are drawn in cyberspace, so the university can't be held liable even if it overreacted in expelling a student for insulting remarks about his ex-girlfriend on Twitter, a federal district court says.

Michigan Supreme Court denies appeal in secret meetings lawsuit

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a case challenging the University of Michigan Board of Regents’ ability to hold closed-door “pre-meetings.”

NEWS RELEASE: Report spotlights threats to college press freedom, calls on nation's colleges to end retaliation against journalists and advisers

A coalition led by the American Association of University Professors and the Student Press Law Center warns of escalating threats to the civic health of America's colleges as a result of the retaliatory removal of journalism advisers and other attacks on the freedom of the student media, calling for a "significant cultural readjustment" that values transparency and accountability over image control.

Daily Tar Heel files complaint against UNC for sexual misconduct records

North Carolina’s major newspapers are joining forces with a student newspaper in demanding the state’s flagship public university release records pertaining to former students who’ve faced discipline for sexual assault.

Graduate student attacked by looters during Oakland protest of presidential election

A journalism graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley was attacked while covering election protests in Oakland, last week. 

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Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

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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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