University of Washington sued over secretive selection of new president

The Washington Coalition for Open Government is taking the University of Washington to task, legally, for the circumstances surrounding their most recent presidential search. Read more

UPDATE: Florida trial court rules UCF must turn over records to student news outlet

The 9th Judicial Circuit Court for Florida issued an order Thursday granting a student news outlet’s request for unredacted Student Government Association budget records from the University of Central Florida. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Investigative reporting award recognizes college journalists' probe of Texas A&M foundation investments

The Battalion was recognized for its three-part investigative series into the human-rights records of companies in which Texas A&M's nonprofit charitable foundation invested donor contributions.  Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Association of newsroom editors calls on states to enact laws protecting student journalism

The American Society of News Editors, comprised of newsroom leaders across America, is the latest to join a growing consensus of professional journalism organizations calling for an end to legalized censorship of student journalism, adding momentum to the growing national "New Voices" reform movement. Read more

Ohio Supreme Court rules against school district in FERPA records lawsuit

A public school district cannot rely on the FERPA privacy statute to selectively withhold basic demographic information about students from certain unwanted requesters, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. Read more

Student newspaper at the University of Central Florida closes after 48 years

The Future is no more. The University of Central Florida is losing its 48-year-old student newspaper, the Central Florida Future, as of today. Read more

Illinois governor signs landmark measure protecting high school journalists against censorship

Illinois becomes the tenth state with a statute protecting the independence of student journalists, joining a growing nationwide movement that began with passage of the New Voices of North Dakota Act in 2015. Read more

Wayne State College dismisses two faculty from adviser positions

Two faculty advisers in the media department at Wayne State College have been removed from their positions. Read more

UPDATE: UCF files request for financial sanctions against student media in open records lawsuit

The University of Central Florida is asking a court to order a student-run news website, Knight News, to pay the university’s attorneys fees in an open records lawsuit the student media outlet filed against the university. Read more

Parent files U.S. Supreme Court petition challenging FERPA protection of security footage

A petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether security videos should be classified as educational records under federal law. Read more

Illinois state appellate court rules high school association not subject to FOIA

An Illinois appellate court has affirmed a circuit court ruling that the Illinois High School Association, which oversees public high school athletics, is exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests. Read more

Intern reporter arrested covering Black Lives Matter protests in Baton Rouge

A Juvenile Justice Information Exchange intern was among at least three reporters arrested Sunday night while covering protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read more

Rhode Island New Voices bill dies in committee

A Rhode Island bill aimed at protecting students’ right to free speech and press died in committee after no action was taken on it before the legislative session ended. Read more

Bill protecting students’ press rights re-introduced to NJ Assembly

State legislators have re-introduced a bill that would prohibit school districts and public universities from authorizing prior restraint of school-sponsored media. Read more

SPLC launches Active Voice Fellowships to provide support targeted to embattled young women in high schools

Responding to research documenting that high school girls report alarming rates of direct institutional censorship and pressure to “self-censor,” the Student Press Law Center today announced its first wave of Active Voice Fellows... Read more

Student group at UC Irvine faces possible criminal charges after protest

The University of California at Irvine’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter may be banned from campus and some members are facing possible criminal charges for protesting a film screening. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Law firms volunteer to provide emergency-response assistance for student journalists covering Democratic, Republican conventions

The Student Press Law Center and two major national law firms are offering student journalists free legal help around-the-clock if they encounter emergencies at the July 2016 Democratic and Republican conventions. Read more

Lawsuit over student newspaper funding at University of Kansas voluntarily dismissed

Kansas University’s student-run newspaper the University Daily Kansan has resolved a First Amendment lawsuit against the university. Read more

New York Senate passes bill to restrict ‘hate speech’ at universities

The New York Senate passed a bill last month that would ban funding for student groups which encourage hate speech. Read more

University of Missouri censors T-shirt design for student organization

A student at the University of Missouri said his First Amendment rights were violated when the university refused to approve a T-shirt design for a campus organization he’s involved with. Read more