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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

Playwickian adviser, student editor suspended for defying administrative orders with Redskins ban

Robert Copeland, the superintendent of Neshaminy School District, suspended adviser Tara Huber on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Maddy Buffardi, the newspaper’s opinion editor.

Student journalists not part of ‘working press’ barred from Ill. gubernatorial candidate’s press conference on medical marijuana

A press representative for Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, told the Columbia College students and their professor, Curtis Lawrence, that the press conference on medical marijuana was open only to the “working press.” Rauner, who is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, would not talk to the students, either.

Chicago Public Schools failed to respond to public records requests in a 'timely manner,' lawsuit alleges

The Better Government Association, a non-profit government watchdog group, and the NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV, filed the suit on Sept. 5 in Cook County Circuit Court after the school district “willfully and intentionally violated FOIA by failing to respond to FOIA Requests.”

N.H. student newspaper switches to online-only format after journalism program cut

The faculty adviser for Exeter High School’s student newspaper said he created the online-only format when the publication became an extracurricular activity and participation in the news organization declined. But the organization’s first plunge into the Web has largely been supported by the adviser and students.

Pitt delays policy agreement giving administration control of faculty intellectual property rights

According to a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a written agreement is necessary for a second party, in this case the university, to claim intellectual property rights.

Despite student petition, N.Y. art college declines to remove "Dolphin Rape Cave" photo

The image depicts three men dressed in dolphin costumes and two women in bras and underwear in a staged scene of sexual assault. The image is part of a rotating display at the School of Visual Arts that went up Sept. 2 and is scheduled to be taken down today.

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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