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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 nonprofit, nonpartisan 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.

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.

FOI Lawsuit template

If a government agency denies your request for records, use our templates to file a complaint in court and learn about legal options in your state.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

A Virginia university paper's print edition was spiked by student government. Past editors say there is a history of resentment towards the publication.

Funding for the University of Mary Washington's The Blue and Gray Press' print edition was slashed on April 27, cutting their budget from $13,665 to just $100.

Between unclear state policies and privacy laws, finding concussion data can be a headache for reporters

School officials often deny requests for generalized concussion data, incorrectly citing privacy laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Sometimes concussion information isn't being tracked in the first place. 

WEBINAR: Learn how to protect journalism advisers from retaliation

The SPLC outlines how students and advisers can work together to prevent and push back against firings, reassignments, pay cuts and other forms of adviser retaliation. 

Criticized, sued, and overcharged: Are barriers to reporting on sexual assault surmountable for student journalists?

Student journalists face a multitude of challenges when it comes to reporting on allegations of sexual assault and harassment on their campuses.

Indiana students launch coalition to counter "rampant" press censorship at Christian universities

Taylor University students conducted a survey to measure censorship at Christian universities. The results were so stunning, the group launched the Student Press Coalition.

Register now for Advisers at Risk, a webinar about protecting journalism advisers from retaliation

Join the Student Press Law Center at 4 p.m. ET on Wed. May 9 to learn about the risks journalism advisers face and how to stave off (or confront) retaliation. 

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Covering School Walk-Outs and Protests FAQs

Every day, the Student Press Law Center is receiving inquiries from student media, asking how to cover the walk-outs and student protests including the March for Our Lives rallies across the country on March 24. The following FAQs are meant to help answer questions for student journalists covering this important story. 

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

Links to sites that offer downloadable images and music licensed for reuse

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.

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Become an Attorney Volunteer

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Share your story

Have you experienced censorship as a student or educator? Share your story and how it’s affected you.

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Spread the Word

Become an SPLC Surrogate Speaker. Use this packet to share the history and mission of the Student Press Law Center with new audiences.