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Ohio Supreme Court rules in favor of student journalist, opening private university police records

In a 4-3 decision, the Court ruled the Otterbein University Police Department can be compelled to produce public records because it employs sworn, state-certified police officers, who have the same arresting authority as municipal police or a county sheriff. Read more
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Texas Legislature votes for transparency in private university police departments

Sen. John Whitmire said he introduced the bill after Rice University denied his request for information about an incident in 2013 where a surveillance video showed two Rice University police officers beating a suspected bicycle thief with batons. Read more
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First Amendment lawsuit says student was punished for wearing a T-shirt advocating gun rights

When an eighth-grade Logan Middle School student refused to remove his National Rifle Association T-shirt because a teacher said it violated the dress code, he was suspended. Now, a lawsuit argues his First Amendment rights were violated. Read more
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Md. governor gives OK to student social-media privacy law

The law, which saw overwhelming support in both the Senate and House of Delegates, prohibits college officials from requiring or asking students to grant access to their private social media accounts. The rules, which go into effect June 1, also apply to college applicants and prospective students. Read more
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Oregon student wins free-speech lawsuit against school, overturning discipline for critical Facebook posts

An Oregon middle school student’s free-speech rights were violated when he was suspended for calling a teacher a “bitch” who “needs to be shot” on Facebook rant, a federal judge has ruled. Read more
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Student journalists at Iowa community college allege harassment, intimidation in First Amendment lawsuit against administrators

Administrators at Muscatine Community College also took actions to remove The Calumet’s full-time faculty adviser and replace him with a part-time adjunct instructor, modify the fall 2015 class schedule “to marginalize the journalism program” and reduce funding to the program, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Read more
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NYPD arrests student photojournalist during Baltimore solidarity protest

As New Yorkers took to the streets Wednesday in solidarity with demonstrators in Baltimore, who have been protesting Freddie Gray’s death after he was injured in police custody, student photojournalist Sam Bearzi became a part of the story. Read more
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Pa. high school students protest warnings to avoid ‘irresponsible’ speech

About two dozen students at a suburban Pittsburgh high school staged a protest Monday after school and police officials told students they could face criminal charges if they spoke about teachers’ pending sexual assault and victim intimidation investigations. Read more
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Administrators at Columbia College reverse student newspaper staff cut amid financial turmoil

When Chicago bumps its minimum wage to $10 an hour in July, Columbia College will scale back hours for many of its student workers, and until Wednesday, the number of employees on the student newspaper staff would have been reduced by a quarter. Read more
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U. of South Carolina student newspaper editor says photo from marijuana rally could have led to thefts

At one distribution location, security footage showed a man walk out of frame with a stack of newspapers and returning empty-handed “before picking up another stack and walking out of frame once again." Read more
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Notre Dame police records are private, judge rules in ESPN lawsuit

The University of Notre Dame police department does not have to give ESPN access to police records about student athletes because it is not a public agency under the state’s open records law, a county judge ruled on Monday. Read more
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Delta State U. journalism program, student newspaper print funding axed

Despite cries to save student journalism in the Mississippi Delta, the state’s higher education commission voted unanimously to cut Delta State University’s journalism program Thursday. Read more
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Federal lawsuit alleges Northern Michigan U. student newspaper board violated adviser’s free-speech rights in termination

In an attempt to get her job back, the ousted student newspaper adviser at Northern Michigan University has filed a federal lawsuit against members of the newspaper’s board of directors, arguing her termination violated her free-speech rights. Read more
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Fate of journalism program at Delta State U. to be decided in Thursday board meeting

On Thursday the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees may drive the final nail into the journalism program’s coffin when it decides whether to accept the university’s plan to eliminate the program. Read more
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N.J. school board reintroduces changes to student publication policy

The Northern Highlands Board of Education reintroduced changes to its school-sponsored publications policy on Monday after faculty and alumni criticized attempts to change the policy last year. Read more
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N.D. governor signs law granting student journalists enhanced free-speech protections

North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law Thursday rules to further protect the free-speech rights of high school and college journalists. Read more
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Student newspaper at Ohio U. overcomes reporter turnover in coverage of Sheriff’s corruption charge

Nearly three years after Stuckey’s investigative story ran in The Post, students at Ohio University picked up where Stuckey left off, covering Kelly’s February conviction on 18 counts of theft and corruption and his March sentencing to seven years in prison. Read more

Wash. Supreme Court rules state agencies can release records that detail employees’ misconduct investigations

In a 5-4 decision on April 2, the state's highest court reversed an appeals court’s ruling and determined such an investigation “is merely a status of their public employment, not an intimate detail of their personal lives.” Read more
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Md. governor to consider student social-media privacy bill

Three years after Maryland became the first state to protect employees’ social-media lives from their employers’ purview, it could soon become the next state to grant similar protections to students. Read more
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Saddled with debt, U. of Montana student newspaper transitions to weekly print cycle

Motivated by a budget shortfall that’s plagued the Montana Kaimin for years, the independent student newspaper’s editorial board agreed Monday evening to become a weekly for the rest of the semester — a significant shift from the previous Tuesday-Friday print cycle. Read more
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