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.
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.
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.
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.
A bill intended to amend the Freedom of Information Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Thursday and will now move to the Senate.
A Framingham State University student plans to file a Title IX complaint against campus police after officers “threatened” her during an investigation into cyberbullying allegations.
he student newspaper and student government at Colorado State University have come to different conclusions on whether the student government is a public body subject to open meetings laws following a closed, executive session regarding the impeachment of a student senator.
Officials at Oklahoma State University announced they will release the names of students who receive parking tickets on campus, one day after the University of Oklahoma’s president said it would release the citations.
The president of a Florida community college is attempting to bar the student newspaper from reporting on faculty contract negotiations and is accusing the faculty union of breaking a state law by speaking to the student press about the negotiations, Inside Higher Education reports.
A former journalism professor at Washington State University has settled a free speech case with the institution over claims that university officials retaliated against him when portions of his plan to improve the school of communication upset them and some faculty members.
When Jill Snyder, an eighth grade student at Blue Mountain Middle School in Orwigsburg, Pa., was reprimanded for violating the school dress code, she decided to take matters into her own hands. After school, Snyder went home to create a mock MySpace page ridiculing her school principal.
Although graduation day is traditionally a time for celebration and for new beginnings, it can bring an unhappy ending to the legal claims of a student who is challenging school censorship. In general, challenges to school policies must be raised by currently affected students. When a student graduates, a court may dismiss her claims as moot. Several federal appeals courts have agreed. Lane v. Simon, a 2007 case decided by the Tenth Circuit, illustrates how this mootness problem can present serious challenges to student press plaintiffs' ability to secure their First Amendment rights through litigation. But Lane also provided a road map of possible ways to overcome a claim of mootness.
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