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High school journalist Emily Shugerman wrote an article about slumlords for the March 2009 edition of The Roosevelt News. The article described the Sisley brothers, two landlords who owned a large amount of property near Roosevelt High School, as having “been accused of racist renting policies.” Hugh Sisley, one of the Sisley brothers, considered this statement defamatory and brought a claim to court against Roosevelt High School’s school district, Seattle School District No.1.
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A newspaper and a television station sued the University of Kansas in January for access to the employment contract of athletic director Lew Perkins.
A bill modifying the state's Sunshine Act, introduced in response to closed talks between Dickinson School of Law and Penn State University, quickly passed the state senate in June.
A panel of journalists, editors and media lawyers urged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on July 20 to pass the Free Flow of Information Act, introduced in the spring by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) The panel testified that the law was needed to protect other journalists from what happened to Miller.
Although it may at times be difficult to sort out, Kulenych said that Jonathan Law High School’s policy against publishing students’ last names and pictures online is designed to protect students from Internet predators. Administrators adopted the policy for the newspaper after it launched its site in 2004. Kulenych said some of his journalism students were at first confused and disappointed, but they have since accepted the policy.
The Delaware House of Representatives is considering a bill that could end exemptions for the University of Delaware and Delaware State University under the state’s public records and open meeting laws.
A bill signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday largely preserved public records and open meetings exemptions for the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, but will require the universities to produce records related to proposals or contracts that spend public funds. The law will go into effect immediately.
Illinois public-school teacher Marvin Pickering was fired by the school board after the local newspaper published his letter-to-the-editor criticizing the district’s funding priorities and accusing the district of muzzling teachers from speaking out against a bond referendum.
In October 1972, East Carolina University student William Schell wrote a letter in the student newspaper about residence hall regulations that contained a vulgar four-letter reference to the University president, Leo W.
In 1996, The Diamondback, a student newspaper at the University of Maryland, requested public records from the University after the paper started investigating parking tickets given to a student-athlete after learning that a men’s basketball player had accumulated several thousand in unpaid fines.
The question of private action was raised in 2002, when former Gonzaga University student Ru Paster, identified in court documents only as John Doe, said university officials violated the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), commonly known as the Buckley Amendment, when they passed on unsubstantiated sexual assault allegations to the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
In 1967, George Dickey, editor-in-chief of the Troy State College campus newspaper, asked the college president for permission to print an editorial that cast members of the Alabama state legislature in a negative light.
The University of Mississippi held up the binding and distribution of the campus literary magazine called Images in the Spring of 1972 because the publication contained two short stories that the University found it to be in “bad taste.” The stories centered on the topics of interracial love and black pride, and the University took issue with the stories’ inclusion of profanity.