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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

Texas student paper adviser and advertising coordinator pull strip club ad after reader backlash

The student editorial board slammed the decision by professional staff members to pull a strip club ad after media attention and reader backlash.

Free speech advocates debate whether Hazelwood standard impedes students’ education on the First Amendment

SPLC's Adam Goldstein discusses the First Amendment and threats on free speech in K-12 schools and college campuses with Baylor University President Ken Starr.

Massachusetts high school newspaper exposes lack of true student representation in town school committee

A high school newspaper accused administrators of unlawfully picking students to serve on an advisory committee, instead of opening up the positions to a student election.  

NEWS RELEASE: University Daily Kansan editors file First Amendment lawsuit challenging retaliatory funding cut

A complaint filed in U.S. district court cites remarks by KU budget committee members tying the newspaper's 50 percent funding reduction to a sharply worded editorial calling for reforms in campus elections.

Editors of the Daily Kansan filed First Amendment suit against university administrators for funding reduction

The Daily Kansan is alleging that the Student Senate cut its funding in half in response to an editorial criticizing the student government. 

Florida appellate judge: Florida university allowed to withhold hazing records under FERPA

The student-run news site, KnightNews.com, had sued the university in 2013 for redacting public records and shutting reporters out of disciplinary hearings.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

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.

Freedom of Information FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about open records and open meetings.

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