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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

Civil liberties groups call on Tenn. school district to revise 'unconstitutional' tech policy

A Tennessee school district’s technology and internet policy, which allows school administrators to examine electronic devices students bring from home and monitor communications or data transmitted on the district’s network, violates students’ rights to free speech and protection against “suspicionless searches,” The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a letter to the district Monday.

Investigation finds more than 700 newspapers in Pepperdine U. dorm room, stolen for prank

The Department of Public Safety at Pepperdine University is accusing three students of taking more than 700 copies of six issues of the student newspaper. Two of the students, the paper's adviser said, admitted they took the papers for a prank on a friend.

Arizona State U. student senator impeached after speaking with media

Isabelle Murray, the impeached Tempe Undergraduate Student Government senator, spoke to a reporter of The State Press, the student newspaper at the university, earlier in October about a bill she was working on regarding black face paint at football games.

Protections for student journalists in critical care

An eye-popping July 2014 report from the Pew Research Journalism Project, “America’s Shifting Statehouse Press,” documents the near-extinction of the statehouse press corps across America: Since 2003 – and state governments were under-covered even then – the number of full-time reporters working in state Capitols is down 35 percent.

Auburn U. student government members admit to stealing newspapers to censor editorial

Two members of Auburn University’s Student Government Association have admitted to stealing more than 1,000 copies of The Auburn Plainsman's Aug. 28 issue in an attempt to censor an editorial criticizing changes to a campus shuttle bus service.

Nebraska school district to allow weapons in ‘tasteful’ senior portraits

The Broken Bow Public Schools board unanimously approved the new senior photographs policy Monday, which states high school seniors can pose with “an item that is ordinarily considered a weapon (rifle, shotgun, knife, etc).”

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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