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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.

Ask for Legal Help

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

Underground FERPA activism campaign sees mixed results

Students at one of the nation’s largest private universities are using a little-known tactic as a method of protesting unpopular decisions by university administrators: FERPA requests.

A pair of California bills tackle media literacy education

Battling hoaxes and partisan news, legislators in California are the latest to propose curriculum changes in order to educate students about the media they consume daily.

After Wyoming Senate kills student privacy bill, legislative proactivity comes into question

State senators in Wyoming last week voted to indefinitely postpone a bill that would have given students a heightened sense of digital privacy.

Vermont introduces New Voices legislation, hears testimony in committee meeting

The introduction of Senate Bill 18 to the Vermont legislature on January 12 is only the latest attempt by Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, to codify press freedom for students in Vermont state law.

The week in media

A fractious news conference, preparations for inaugural coverage, and other highlights from news of the news.

In wanting to expel a student responsible for a shooting scare, Philadelphia school district misses an opportunity to foster conversation

School officials in Pennsylvania have suspended, and are seeking to expel, a student for posting a video mash-up with the song "Pumped Up Kicks."

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

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.

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.

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