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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

New Voices press freedom bills advance in Vermont, Indiana, Washington

Student press-rights legislation won unanimous approval in the Vermont Senate and in key committees in Indiana and Washington. Bills modeled on the New Voices of North Dakota Act are progressing in five states, and being prepared in several others.

California legislation aims to allow schools to search personal electronic devices

A new bill could end the protections of the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act for members of education institutions, including students.

In unanimous vote, New Voices bill passes Arizona Senate, advances to House

New Voices legislation in Arizona is one step closer to becoming law after moving unanimously Monday through the state Senate.

Students file complaint against George Mason University for records on Koch donations

Students at George Mason University are suing the school and its foundation for records of donations from private donors, according to a release Thursday.

It’s not all doom and gloom: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch could be an ally to student journalists

President Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t really like the news media. Still, there's evidence his Supreme Court nominee supports student speech.

Update: Kentucky open records clash gains new participants at Western Kentucky University

The battle over Title IX records in Kentucky just got bigger, as Western Kentucky University and the College Heights Herald are joining the fight.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

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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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