Creating an off-campus publication?
Have as little contact with the school as possible.
- The more contact you have with the school, the more likely a court is to find that school officials have some authority to control your actions. To be an independent, you should act independently.
- If you are creating a Web site, do it at home, on your own computer, on your own time, and with a service you pay for. Do not use the school’s equipment or resources.
- Encourage students to look up your Web site after school and off school grounds, instead of on campus.
- If your publication concerns school activities, place a disclaimer on it, making clear that you have no official ties to your school.
Obey all school rules and orders from school authorities.
- Challenge conduct that you believe violates your rights, but do so at an appropriate time.
- Advise the administration that you will fight their ruling.
- Contact the Student Press Law Center or other legal experts if you feel your rights have been violated.
Keep in mind you are responsible for everything you publish.
- Even if your school cannot regulate you, you are still bound by the laws of privacy, libel, obscenity and copyright.
Fall 1997, reports