Why a high school principal wanted the school paper to be a public forum, after a year of prior review

Student journalists will now have editorial control over their coverage after the school board unanimously voted to implement a principal's recommendation to make the paper a public forum.  Read more

Former Mississippi student who was suspended for posting rap song online loses his appeal to the Fifth Circuit appeals court

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of a Mississippi school district for suspending a student for a rap video posted online, furthering a debate on whether the Tinker standard should apply to off-campus speech. Read more

Michigan State University must release the names of suspects who are student athletes to ESPN, court rules

An appellate court judge has ordered Michigan State University to release the names of football and men's basketball players when they are identified as suspects in police reports that ESPN requested.   Read more

Student suspended for tweet can continue with lawsuit against school district and police chief, judge rules

The federal judge wrote that the student, who was threatened with expulsion over a sarcastic two-word tweet, had a plausible argument that his school district violated his First and 14th Amendment rights.  Read more

Ill. bill to increase transparency at private university police departments has stalled

After the University of Chicago announced measures to make its police department more transparent, legislators opted to stall the bill that would have required private campus police departments to be more transparent.  Read more

College journalist arrested during Ferguson protests receives settlement from St. Louis County

The American University student plans to donate most of the settlement to a scholarship fund for high schoolers in Ferguson who want to study journalism in college.  Read more

Wyoming legislature kills draft proposal to exempt student emails from public records disclosure

A committee of the Wyoming Press Association, students and university officials will form recommendations on what to do with student emails under public records law. Read more

$900,000 settlement reached between former Valdosta State University student and ex-university president

A former student who was expelled from a Georgia university for environmental activism without a hearing has received a $900,000 settlement after eight years. Read more

Fairmont State administrator removed from newspaper supervisor position after allegations of intimidation

The university president decided to remove a department head from his supervisory position over the student newspaper, after allegations of intimidation once the paper published investigative stories on black mold.  Read more

Northern Michigan University’s The North Wind gives up lawsuit against newspaper’s Board of Directors

After losing her request for a preliminary injunction that would have let an ousted newspaper adviser keep her job, the advisor and the student paper's editor have dropped their lawsuit — and have helped spearhead the launch of two new campaigns for student press freedom. Read more

University of Wisconsin system now has fewer disclosure requirements for applicants to top leadership positions

The University of Wisconsin system will no longer have to reveal final candidates for its top positions, now that an exemption has been signed into law with the state biennial budget.  Read more

Canadian student newspaper faces eviction from its office space on campus

A Canadian student newspaper is facing eviction from its campus office that it has held for almost four decades, sparking a social media outcry and a conversation about student press rights in Canada.  Read more

Ousted student newspaper adviser cannot stay in her position as she sues board of directors, judge rules

A federal district judge has denied a request for an ousted newspaper adviser at Northern Michigan University to remain in her position as she sues five current and former members of the paper's board of directors.  Read more

Both a lawsuit and a legislative resolution are trying to open university board meetings in Michigan

A state House bill as well as a lawsuit are both trying to make Michigan public university governing boards subject to the state's open meetings law.  Read more

Wyoming task force proposes to mostly exempt student emails from public records disclosure requirements

Wyoming legislators are seeking an exemption for personal student emails under the state's public records law.   Read more

Iowa student journalists launch independent newspaper after facing campus retaliation

A small group of student journalists have raised almost $4,000 so far to start an independent newspaper after facing harassment and intimidation from administrators for articles published in their college newspaper.  Read more

Calif. district installs safeguards for student press freedom, but protests over censorship continue

In response to an ACLU letter that called for an investigation into the alleged censorship of an article in The Matador student newspaper, a California school district announced plans to better protect the student press, but critics have called the district's actions inadequate. Read more

North Carolina Appeals Court upholds cyberbullying conviction over claims of First Amendment violations

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a criminal conviction of cyberbullying against a high school student who posted disparaging comments about a classmate on Facebook. Read more

Texas high school student released from administrative directive, but questions still remain

The Texas high school student who was thrust into the national spotlight when a school administrator ordered him to take down his online photo gallery is awaiting confirmation that he will be allowed to repost his pictures. Read more

Rider tacked onto Wisconsin state budget would limit public access to searches for top university jobs

In a proposal slipped into the state budget that wasn't considered through the normal process for bills, Wisconsin legislators are proposing to repeal a requirement that makes public universities disclose the top five candidates for chancellor, president and other top positions. Instead, the public would be entitled only to the names of those "seriously considered," which might be just one name. Open-government advocates are decrying the maneuver as a step backward for public accountability. Read more