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Two three-judge panels of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down conflicting opinions today regarding
student on-line speech: One protected a student's right to speak freely
off-campus, the other permitted a school to punish students for doing so.
The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in
Pennsylvania ordered on Friday that the conflicting rulings in two student
online speech cases be vacated and heard by the full court in June.
Two cases regarding student online speech were argued before the full Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today after two three-judge panels of the Third Circuit handed down conflicting opinions last February.
In an attempt to expunge information about criminal
charges relating to five local defendants, two Centre County judges signed
orders commanding two newspapers to delete archived stories about the
Two Centre County judges have overturned
expungement orders directed at The Daily Collegian at Pennsylvania State
University and The Centre Daily Times that would require them to remove
online content from their archives.
The student newspaper staff at the Community
College of Philadelphia is back to work after weeks of unavailable office space
caused the cancellation of two issues.
Press advocates have raised concerns over a
proposed Wilson School District policy that would prohibit students and staff
from speaking with members of the media without district approval.
Student government officials restored
funding to Mansfield University's student newspaper Thursday, two weeks after a
financial freeze caused the publication to miss an issue.
Student journalists at a community college in Pennsylvania were told this month
they are no longer qualified to be on staff after conflicts arose between the
newspaper and the college’s administration in the fall semester.
state court judge on Monday ordered the release of East Stroudsburg University Foundation’s
donation records, placing a hopeful capstone on a 2-year public records battle.
For 33 years, students at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, Pa., have produced the award-winning Indian Post as their student newspaper – until last month. Following a dispute with school and district administrators over prior review, the student staff created and distributed an alternate, independent newspaper, The Outpost.
Public school students cannot be punished for off-campus speech that fails to cause a substantial disruption to in-school activities, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
Days before the Indian Post staff at Unionville High School were to hand in the
year’s first issue to administration under its prior review policy, they
received some big news: The policy had been lifted.
On the same day that former Penn State assistant football
coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on new molestation charges, state legislators
released the text of a bill that would bring the university into the reach of
Pennsylvania’s public records law.
Temple University photojournalism student who was arrested after taking photos
of a routine traffic stop faces three criminal charges — though a previous
felony count has been dropped.
A federal appeals court pondered the meaning of “I (Heart) Boobies” on Tuesday, hearing oral arguments but giving no firm indication how it might rule in a middle school free speech dispute.
Legislation that would bring four colleges in Pennsylvania under the same open records laws as other government agencies has stalled as the state legislature’s session nears its close.
The University of Pittsburgh’s student government tightened its media access guidelines this week, following a series of stories from the student newspaper about potential secret influences on its membership.
An appeals court has ruled that documents possessed by the state’s secretary of education in his role as a Pennsylvania State University trustee are records that fall under the state’s public records law.
Schools cannot censor student speech about political or social issues just because it “has the potential to offend,” a federal circuit court said Monday.