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Student Website Offering Teacher Reviews Goes to Trial; Case to Test Libel-by-Linking Theory

(03/01/00 12:00am) is headed to the courtroom March 29. The site, which describes itself as a student-run forum "created to help foster communication among the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) student body and to be a useful tool for students to use in obtaining a more rewarding educational experience," allows students to post and read online evaluations of CCSF faculty. Daniel Curzon-Brown, a veteran English teacher at the school, says the site goes too far, however, and has sued the site's Webmaster Ryan Lathouwers and 25 "John Does" who Curzon-Brown claims posted libelous opinions about him on the site.

Virginia Tech Student Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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In a case that has often been pointed to as an example of university campus court systems gone awry, Virginia Tech agreed to pay a $75,000 settlement to a former student who accused the school of mishandling her case after she accused two football players of raping her in a dormitory room. Christy Brzonkala had accused Virginia Tech football players Antonio Morrison and James Crawford of sexual assault.

Texas School District Pays $150,000 to Student Suspended for Photo

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A Texas student who was suspended from school and barred from attending graduation agreed to settle his lawsuit against Midland School District for $150,000 in April. Casey Riggan was punished for having possession of a photo that a friend took of the school principal's car parked in front of a female teacher's house.

Naked Woman Sparks First Amendment Argument Over Film Seizure by Illinois Campus Police

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Alas, Northern Illinois University police just wanted to get a peek. But student editors of the Northern Star convinced them that the law prohibited them from following through on their plans to develop and examine the film they had confiscated from a Northern Star student photographer May 3.

SPLC to Offer Summer Law and Ethics Workshops for High School Advisers. Boston Area Advisers Eligible for Free Trip to Washington, D.C.

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There's no better place to learn about the First Amendment than the nation's capital. From the chambers of the Supreme Court to the halls of Congress, fundamental issues of press freedom inevitably begin or end here.