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While a school has leeway to decide how and when cellphones may be used, the Fourth Amendment restricts the ability of any government agency to seize a person’s property or search the contents of that property, including a phone. Learn what the law does — and doesn't — protect.
In general, legal principles created with print publications in mind are also applicable to social media publishing — with some notable exceptions.
How well does your school comply with the Clery Act? We've assembled this guide to help you find out. In it are instructions, sample records requests and a checklist of basic requirements your school should be meeting.
A guide to students' legal rights and responsibilities on the internet.
A guide to fighting (and surviving) censorship.
Rate cards and advertising contracts also commonly include an indemnification clause that shields the media organization from liability caused by an ad submitted by a third party.
The following sample contract and license between a student media staff member and a student media organization was drafted by the Student Press Law Center and is an attempt to fairly balance the intellectual property
This is a sample release form for the non-commercial use of material provided by a minor to student media.
We spend a lot of time learning about how the First Amendment is supposed to work and very little time learning what to do when it doesn't.
You can't be punished for opposing censorship — at least, not lawfully — as long as you don't break any laws or rules in how you choose to protest.
While it's true that these are are factors in figuring out the scope of rights, it's not that simple.
A press release, which provides accurate information — with a point of view — to news media, community members and others who might provide public attention or support is an important tool in getting your message out.
Although graduation day is traditionally a time for celebration and for new beginnings, it can bring an unhappy ending to the legal claims of a student who is challenging school censorship. In general, challenges to school policies must be raised by currently affected students. When a student graduates, a court may dismiss her claims as moot.
When Jill Snyder, an eighth grade student at Blue Mountain Middle School in Orwigsburg, Pa., was reprimanded for violating the school dress code, she decided to take matters into her own hands. After school, Snyder went home to create a mock MySpace page ridiculing her school principal.
Download a diagram determining students' First Amendment rights by state.
The basics of copyright law as it applies to student media.
A university’s accreditation report can provide a wealth of information for student reporters. This guide will explain what an accreditation report is, what it can tell you and how to request one.
This guide explores the definitions of plagiarism and has guidelines on how to avoid it.
As college athletics become an ever-bigger enterprise at many schools, the student media has an ever-growing obligation to monitor their programs. The following guide should provide you with valuable tools for obtaining the information you need to do your job.
The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about Internet commenting and publishing online.