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The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression is out with its 2014 Jefferson Muzzles, the annual award it presents to those that "forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech 'cannot be limited without being lost.'" As usual, quite a few schools and administrators were recognized with awards. Among the honorees:
The University of Kansas board of regents: After a journalism professor tweeted about the National Rifle Association following the September 2013 Naval Yard shooting, he was placed on administrative leave by the university.
In retrospect, a Miami student’s interview with a reporter — in which he described his threat to kill the president as “pretty funny” — was ill-advised, considering he’d expressed remorse to a judge only a month earlier at a probation hearing.The resulting newspaper article in The Reporter, the Miami Dade College’s student newspaper, prompted a judge to toughen Joaquin Serrapio’s probation because “the original conditions were not sufficient to accomplish the purposes of probation.” The modifications included eight more months in home confinement and 45 days in a halfway house.Serrapio appealed the increased sanctions because he believed “that these modifications violated his rights under the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the First Amendment.” In a ruling handed down last week though, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s modified probation as constitutional.
The president of a Florida community college is attempting to bar the student newspaper from reporting on faculty contract negotiations and is accusing the faculty union of breaking a state law by speaking to the student press about the negotiations, Inside Higher Education reports.
A federal judge says Colgate University can be liable for falsely imprisoning a student awaiting a disciplinary hearing but can't be sued for violating his constitutional rights, because private businesses aren't subject to the Constitution.
A student was denied admission to a Maryland community college's program in part because of a remark he made about being religious. Now, a U.S. district judge says the student has no free-speech case, and that colleges have unlimited leeway to reject applicants for "personal" remarks they make during admissions interviews.
An Illinois college refused a reporter's open-records request for the campus email directory. But the state Attorney General says the directory is a public record. Since the FERPA student privacy law doesn't forbid turning it over, state law requires disclosing it.
A week after the student newspaper adviser at Northern Michigan University was terminated, the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association have joined the list of organizations calling for her reinstatement.
A Pomona College student was told she could not share any details of the sanctions imposed on the man who sexually assaulted her twice, but the nondisclosure policy has no basis in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Clery Act.
The J-Team, which consists of the SPLC, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, traveled to Iowa on Friday to give support to student journalists facing censorship.
The College Media Association named Frank LoMonte, executive director of the SPLC, the 2015 recipient of the esteemed Louis E. Ingelhart First Amendment Award.
Colleges were required to release their annual Clery Act campus crime report on Oct. 1. Here are some tips on finding the best stories.
The best-selling author of Missoula is seeking access to files indicating why the state overturned a campus disciplinary board's findings in a high-profile sexual assault case involving a University of Montana athlete. But the state argues that granting Jon Krakauer's request will put the state in violation of federal privacy laws and place $263 million in federal funding at risk.
Ronald McGuire, a lawyer who took on a student journalism press freedom case almost 18 years ago, is asking a federal appeals court to review en banc the decision over his attorney's fees.
2015 was a rollercoaster year for student media and First Amendment rights in schools. Review the year's highs and lows in the SPLC's recap post.
Contrary to the image of college sports as a moneymaker, most athletic programs (even championship-caliber powerhouses) rely on student fees and grants from their parent institutions to make ends meet. Recent investigations by The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education have captured the enormity of the growing financial burden that athletics imposes on debt-strapped students.
Federal rules require "research" involving "human subjects" to be approved by colleges' Institutional Review Boards. Overzealous colleges occasionally have insisted that student journalists submit their surveys or questionnaires for institutional pre-approval, violating basic principles of press freedom. The SPLC is urging the federal government to adopt a proposal categorically removing journalism from the purview of IRBs.
A video incorrectly subtitled by a college newspaper led to the forced resignation of Ted Cruz's spokesman amid a scuffle between GOP hopefuls Cruz and Rubio.
Student editors are fighting back against a harassment complaint filed by an offended student who says the newspaper's satire edition was "demeaning" to women and Jews.
For the second time since 2010, the student media adviser at a two-year Wyoming college finds his job imperiled after students published articles about campus controversies that displeased administrators.
A college journalism adviser believes he's been singled out unfairly with demands that he take additional graduate courses or lose his job, but the college insists the requirement was forced by an outside accrediting agency.