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 new survey conducted by the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center found that 60 percent of Americans think that students should be allowed to post their opinions about school administration on social media, without the threat of punishment.
A small group of student journalists have raised almost $4,000 so far to start an independent newspaper after facing harassment and intimidation from administrators for articles published in their college newspaper.
In response to an ACLU letter that called for an investigation into the alleged censorship of an article in The Matador student newspaper, a California school district announced plans to better protect the student press, but critics have called the district's actions inadequate.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a criminal conviction of cyberbullying against a high school student who posted disparaging comments about a classmate on Facebook.
In a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal court of appeals, the Student Press Law Center argues that a ruling which allowed a Nevada school to punish two brothers who non-disruptively protested a school uniform code should be overturned, on the basis of the First Amendment.
Kansas State University and Kansas University are involved in a legal dispute regarding how heavily universities can and should supervise student speech off campus under the guidelines set by Title IX.
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.
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