Illinois student free expression law (public colleges)

In addition to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, states can provide additional free speech protection their own citizens by enacting state laws or regulations. The Illinois College Campus Press Act is such a provision and provides student journalists attending Illinois public colleges and universities with added protection against administrative censorship.

The law was passed in response to the 2005 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Hosty v. Carter. By declaring all student media at public colleges "public forums," the CCPA effectively nullifies the Hosty ruling for Illinois student media.