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Civil liberties groups call on Tenn. school district to revise 'unconstitutional' tech policy

A Tennessee school district’s technology and internet policy, which allows school administrators to examine electronic devices students bring from home and monitor communications or data transmitted on the district’s network, violates students’ rights to free speech and protection against “suspicionless searches,” The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a letter to the district Monday. Read more
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Investigation finds more than 700 newspapers in Pepperdine U. dorm room, stolen for prank

The Department of Public Safety at Pepperdine University is accusing three students of taking more than 700 copies of six issues of the student newspaper. Two of the students, the paper's adviser said, admitted they took the papers for a prank on a friend. Read more

Arizona State U. student senator impeached after speaking with media

Isabelle Murray, the impeached Tempe Undergraduate Student Government senator, spoke to a reporter of The State Press, the student newspaper at the university, earlier in October about a bill she was working on regarding black face paint at football games. Read more
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Auburn U. student government members admit to stealing newspapers to censor editorial

Two members of Auburn University’s Student Government Association have admitted to stealing more than 1,000 copies of The Auburn Plainsman's Aug. 28 issue in an attempt to censor an editorial criticizing changes to a campus shuttle bus service. Read more
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Nebraska school district to allow weapons in ‘tasteful’ senior portraits

The Broken Bow Public Schools board unanimously approved the new senior photographs policy Monday, which states high school seniors can pose with “an item that is ordinarily considered a weapon (rifle, shotgun, knife, etc).” Read more
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Colorado county clerk reverses decision to remove student newspapers featuring election coverage

Angela Myers, the county clerk and recorder, told staff members of The Rocky Mountain Collegian on Tuesday morning to move issues of the paper with a U.S. Senate candidate’s photo from the rack closest to a drop-off ballot box because it violated state electioneering laws. Read more

N.J. school district hires communications officer as high school newspaper adviser

John Tagliareni, a member of the Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission and a past president of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association, said appointing the district’s communications officer is “an effort to control what goes on in the student press.” Read more
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100 copies of student newspaper at Texas Wesleyan U. reported stolen

Kay Colley, student media director, and Paula Justice, The Rambler’s editor-in-chief, noticed the missing copies of the Oct. 8 edition a week later. Two news stands that carry the newspaper — one in the student union and one in the social and natural sciences building — were found empty Wednesday, and a recycling bin near one of the stands was filled with the Oct. 8 edition, Justice said. Read more

After stalling vote, New Jersey high school's publications policy remains unclear

The board postponed the vote Oct. 6 after members received letters from the American Society of News Editors and the Student Press Law Center, objecting to the power the policy gives administrators. Read more

5 students admit to trashing more than 800 copies of Elmhurst student newspaper

The five Rho Theta members admitted they stole and trashed the papers in response to Tuesday’s front-page article about a the sorority’s national headquarters investigating a hazing allegation at the chapter. Read more

Yearbook criticized for ‘most likely to disappear’ category

The students in the photo were graduating seniors at Cameron High School last spring and didn’t know their names and picture were under the “most likely to disappear” category in the 2013-2014 yearbook. Both graduates found out about the category in September, and one, “Brady,” was a special-needs student. Read more
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1,900 copies of Iowa State Daily thrown in trash, police investigating incident

Stephen Koenigsfeld, editor-in-chief, and Mark Witherspoon, adviser, found 1,900 copies of Wednesday’s issue thrown in trash cans across Iowa State University’s campus, which amounts to $3,000 lost in advertising and approximately $1,100 in printing costs, Witherspoon said. Read more

Student newspaper withholds fraternity’s name to protect alleged rape victim’s identity, raising ethical concerns

The decision angered some readers, while others praised their actions to protect the victim until more information was available. Read more

Pa. school district settles with attorneys in ‘boobies’ lawsuit

The settlement comes after two middle school students and their parents filed a complaint in November 2010 in federal court, which alleged the Easton Area School District violated the students’ free expression rights when it banned the Keep A Breast Foundation’s “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets. Read more
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800 copies of student newspaper at Elmhurst College reported stolen

Elmhurst College’s campus security is investigating the theft of more than 800 copies of the student newspaper after staff members found stacks of Tuesday’s edition dumped into trash cans and compost bins across campus. Read more
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U. of Michigan instructor calls for removal of illustration of decapitated athletics director

The illustration in The Michigan Review, an independent student publication, accompanied a story about students protesting the athletic director and the athletic department’s handling of a head injury quarterback Shane Morris sustained during Michigan’s Sept. 28 loss to Minnesota. Read more
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Hundreds of copies of Pepperdine University's student newspaper reported stolen

About 300 copies of the student newspaper at Pepperdine University were reported stolen last week, likely to censor a front-page story about a student who is being charged with drunken driving, the paper’s adviser said. Read more

University System of Georgia’s delay on public records request was justified, judge rules

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s actions were “substantially justified” when it failed to provide a student journalist a timeline indicating when his public records request would be fulfilled and for delaying the delivery of the records, a county court ruled last week. Read more

California passes student privacy laws aimed at ed-tech companies

Both bills, Assembly Bill 1584 and Senate Bill 1177, contain language that supporters say will make timely updates in relation to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act — the federal student privacy law — when it comes to protecting students’ privacy online. Read more

New Jersey school board proposes new publications policies following principal's censorship

According to the proposed policy, the Highlands Regional High School District “may exercise editorial control over the style and content of student expression in school-sponsored publications.” The proposed revision would also require publications to “foster a wholesome school spirit and support the best traditions of the school,” train students in journalism and “assist with the district’s public information program.” Read more
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