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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

Mount St. Mary’s University reinstates fired student newspaper adviser

It's not yet clear if the adviser, who was fired in retaliation for the student newspaper's reporting, will accept the offer to return to the university.

A Nebraska bill would allow universities to conduct more secretive presidential searches

A bill filed in Nebraska would require universities to only present a single candidate's name to the public during presidential searches instead of four. 

Maryland and Illinois join nationwide anti-censorship movement by filing New Voices bills

Maryland and Illinois are the fifth and sixth states to introduce student press freedom legislation in recent months. 

Mount St. Mary's student newspaper adviser fired after paper's investigation into president's emails

After the university president was quoted by the student newspaper as comparing freshmen to bunnies who need "a Glock to their heads," prompting national criticism, the adviser and a tenured professor were fired. 

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.

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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