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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

When campus discipline doesn't add up

Many large public universities report zero or nearly zero liquor law violations and drug abuse offenses — a side effect of the wide variations allowed in reporting campus crimes under the federal Clery Act. 

Longtime SPLC attorney Hiestand named distinguished journalism graduate at Marquette

The award recognizes Hiestand's career of advocacy on behalf of student journalists and his nationwide free-speech awareness campaign, the "Tinker Tour"

Maryland New Voices press freedom bill signed into law

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law Tuesday a bill designed to protect the free-speech rights of high school and college journalists, effective Oct. 1. 

At some universities, there are blurred lines between public relations and student media

Some universities have tried to blend traditional student journalism with public relations, prompting ethics questions and some raised eyebrows.

Adviser questions demands for additional coursework, but college attorney insists there's no retaliation

A college journalism adviser believes he's been singled out unfairly with demands that he take additional graduate courses or lose his job, but the college insists the requirement was forced by an outside accrediting agency.

Back on the Trail: Retaliation questions resurface at Northwest College after adviser's job is imperiled

For the second time since 2010, the student media adviser at a two-year Wyoming college finds his job imperiled after students published articles about campus controversies that displeased administrators. 

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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