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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

Alabama Supreme Court rules ASU documents protected under FERPA

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday ruled against a newspaper seeking names of students who lost their football scholarships at Alabama State University.

UPDATE: Florida court denies rehearing in open records lawsuit against UCF

A Florida District Court of Appeals on Monday denied a motion for rehearing submitted by the University of Central Florida in an open records case filed against the university.

Colorado school board members cleared of accusations they bullied student

Two Colorado school board members have been cleared of wrongdoing after being accused of bullying a student.

UPDATE: CUNY tables controversial proposal on freedom of expression policy

The City University of New York’s proposed freedom of expression policy has been stalled by the Board of Trustees after members of the community, professors and students raised censorship concerns.

Photographer sues after his photo, used in news stories, is attributed to social media site

A copyright lawsuit filed in New York federal court last week underscores the risk online publications face when they use questionably sourced images. (If you've ever attributed a photo to "Twitter," you really, really need to read and understand this.)

SPLC Executive Director Frank LoMonte receives Roll of Honor Award from the Freedom to Read Foundation

We are pleased to announce that that our very own executive director, Frank LoMonte, along with librarians Helen Adams and Nancy Kranich, was named a recipient of the 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.

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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