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Help Wanted at the SPLC

(05/01/00 12:00am)

The Student Press Law Center is currently seeking to fill the following full-time, paid positions in its Washington, D.C.-area offices: (1) Student Press Law Center Publications Fellowship: this is a newly created 11-month fellowship position for recent college graduates with experience in editing and news writing for both print and Web-based publications.

Professional advisers group censures Maryland college

(09/01/00 12:00am)

College Media Advisers voted in August to censure Mount St. Mary's College for its treatment of its student newspaper adviser, but the school's president said the decision is misguided. CMA censured the private Catholic school with an enrollment of 1,350 students after completing an investigation stemming from a complaint registered by William Lawbaugh, adviser to The Mountain Echo.

Federal appeals court refuses to reconsider Pennsylvania law banning alcohol ads in student media

(09/01/00 12:00am)

A Pennsylvania federal appellate court, on Aug. 17, refused a request by a college newspaper to reconsider its decision upholding a state law that prohibits the advertising of alcohol in college publications. The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied a motion by The Pitt News asking the full court to rehear the case contesting the constitutionality of Act 199, which prohibits businesses from advertising alcoholic beverages in any publication published or produced "by, for or in behalf of any educational institution." A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit refused to issue a preliminary injunction that would block enforcement of Act 199 in June, ruling that the ban did not violate the First Amendment rights of the publication, and that The Pitt News' loss of over $20,000 in ad revenue was only an indirect result of the ban. "Frankly, none of us within the [American Civil Liberties Union] can understand how the court ruled as it did," said Vic Walczak, the executive director of the greater Pittsburgh ACLU and the attorney representing The Pitt News.

Arkansas school district settles case with student owner of private Web site

(09/01/00 12:00am)

Valley View School District officials settled a federal lawsuit in August with a student suspended for the content his personal Web site, but all parties involved have refused to release the details of the agreement. Justin Redman, a ninth-grader when he posted the site from his home computer May 7, was suspended for the last 10 days of the school year after school officials discovered the site, which contained sexually explicit pictures and remarks critical of the school's administrators, staff and four other students.

Iowa College challenges DOE ruling that it improperly reported campus crime

(09/01/00 12:00am)

Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, filed a brief in July appealing the U.S. Department of Education's decision to fine the college $25,000 for failure to report incidents in its crime statistics. The DOE said the college was in violation of the federal Clery Act when it failed to report 15 incidents in its crime reports between 1993 and 1998.

New York college agrees to make room for public at meetings

(09/01/00 12:00am)

A New York Supreme Court judge approved a settlement reached between the City University of New York and two men who sued the board of regents for allegedly violating state open-meeting laws. William Crain, a CUNY professor, and David Suker, a graduate student from the university, withdrew their lawsuit against CUNY after reaching a settlement Aug.

Legal fees in censorship case mount for Kentucky State University

(10/01/00 12:00am)

While the frustration of waiting for a ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Kentucky State University yearbook and newspaper adviser censorship case continues, lawyers for the school may be the only ones still smiling. Documents obtained from the university by the Student Press Law Center indicate that the university had -- as of April 19 -- spent more than $60,000 to defend against charges that it had illegally confiscated the student yearbook and transferred the student media adviser to a secretarial position for refusing to censor the student newspaper. The records indicate the Frankfort law firm of Johnson, Judy, True and Guarnieri, LLP, billed KSU between $45 and $125 an hour to represent the university in two cases.