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Cyberbullying bill in Ala. could criminalize students’ online speech

(03/12/15 3:46pm)

Sen. Arthur Orr introduced a bill on March 3 that would make it a crime if a student posts personal, private or sexual information on social media with the intent to “intimidate or torment” another student or school employee. The law would punish students for all statements — “whether true or false” — that are likely to provoke the stalking or harassment of a student or employee.

8 student-media employees terminated at Auburn U. under plans for converged newsroom

(04/03/15 6:34pm)

ALABAMA — During his three years as the student newspaper adviser at Auburn University, Austin Phillips spent hours each week reading the students’ work, offering advice and answering students’ legal and ethical questions.And although Phillips’ students have the final say on what goes into the paper, “they know they can come to me, call me, email me any time of the day or night to answer any questions,” he said.

"Harlem Shake" parodies in Alabama, Pennsylvania land students in trouble

(02/20/13 7:47pm)

On Monday, students at the University of Alabama who tried to film a Harlem Shake video on the school's quad learned they couldn't gather without a permit from the university, according to reports in The Crimson White, Alabama's student newspaper. The school requires all groups to apply for a grounds use permit for events, speeches, rallies or protests on campus, and it can take up to 10 days for the school to approve permits. The large crowd that gathered was told by campus police to disperse, and the student who organized the event was given a ticket, The Crimson White reports.

TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: Campus surveillance enters the drone zone

(05/14/13 6:20pm)

Aided by technological advances, government agencies are constantly inventing new ways to collect information -- and it was only a matter of time before "drone surveillance" made it way onto college campuses. Last week's announcement that the University of Alabama-Huntsville had acquired a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles with an eye toward equipping them with police security cameras undoubtedly sent a shiver through public urinators and weed cultivators everywhere.