Students around the country have their viewpoints silenced every year, and the 2005-06 school year was no exception. In Illinois, Indiana and Utah students faced efforts to prevent them from speaking their minds on topics such as immigration reform, homosexuality and sexually transmitted disease.
As a result of Machesky’s censorship and a successful lawsuit by Dean, student press advocates in Michigan successfully lobbied state Sen. Michael Switalsky, D-Roseville, to sponsor legislation defending the rights of high school student journalists.
But student press advocates say they are concerned that NEOLA’s cookie cutter method of drafting policies diminishes local input and that the policies’ vague language leads to confusion that can have severe consequences for students’ First Amendment rights.
Administrators seek dismissal of lawsuit over basketball
players' petition OREGON -- School
administrators asked a federal district court in June to dismiss a First
Amendment lawsuit stemming from the suspension of eight members of the
Clatskanie High School basketball team in 2001.Administrators filed a
supplemental motion for summary judgment with the court to dismiss the remaining
claims against them after a 9th U.S.
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.
Since November, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the American Association of University Professors have come out in support of Fischler, asking the college to reinstate him. College Media Advisers has censured the college and Dolphin staff halted publication in protest of the administrators’ decision.
By Whitney McFerron, SPLC staff writer
GEORGIA -- Gaining access to campus crime records has often
been an arduous task for journalists at private colleges and universities, but
some states are taking steps to make all campus police departments subject to
open records laws.On the last day of its session this year, the Georgia
Legislature passed a bill that will provide journalists in the state with all
new access to crime records at private colleges and universities, student press
Paper appeals after court denies access to crime
recordsMICHIGAN -- A student newspaper has filed
an appeal after a county circuit court in June denied the newspaper access to a
campus police incident report about an assault that took place in
February.The State News at Michigan State University filed the appeal in
late July along with a motion to expedite proceedings.
School asks student journalists to sign confidentiality
agreementOKLAHOMA -- In what a school official
has called a ''breakdown of communication,'' student journalists were
told July 20 that they would not receive their paychecks if they refused to sign
a confidentiality agreement that prohibited the disclosure of certain university
information.Copies of the agreement were sent to the office of The Daily
O'Collegian, the student newspaper at Oklahoma State University.
Student paper faces $800,000 defamation
lawsuitVIRGINIA -- A student newspaper is being
sued for $800,000 on allegations that the paper published defamatory statements
last year about a rape victim.
These three words — designated public forum — have become important in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Hosty v. Carter case. The Supreme Court’s refusal lets stand a decision out of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that could give public college administrators more ability to censor student media.
Behrens’ job, as he would energetically tell you, is to serve as curator of the Student Press Archives at Utica College in Utica, N.Y. Behrens described the archives as “four large containers” that reside in the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library at the college, but he quickly warned that looks can be deceiving.
Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been the only national organization exclusively devoted to providing free legal advice to student journalists and advisers and serving as an advocate for their free press and freedom of information rights. Please help the SPLC defend young journalists for years to come.
Two college papers challenge state regulation prohibiting
alcohol ads VIRGINIA -- Two college student
newspapers are challenging the constitutionality of a Virginia state regulation
that prohibits college student publications from publishing alcohol
ads.The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a lawsuit in a
federal district court in Richmond in June on behalf of the Collegiate Times,
student newspaper at Virginia Tech, and The Cavalier Daily, student newspaper at
the University of Virginia.
Editor salvages stolen newspapers, tries to redistribute
on campusCALIFORNIA -- A student editor in
California attempted to redistribute her student newspaper after finding nearly
2,000 stolen copies in a dumpster near campus.Jane Pojawa, editor in
chief of El Vaquero, said she suspects administrators at Glendale Community
College confiscated and trashed the June issue because of an article about
recent student suicides on campus.