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Student journalists arrested for covering Ferguson protests

A student photojournalist at Tufts University was arrested Tuesday and charged with disturbing the peace while he was on assignment at a Boston rally where students protested a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Read more

Amid academic scandal, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student paper joins suit for employee disciplinary records

The news organizations’ lawsuit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, aims to declare disciplinary and current personnel records are public and compel the university to open the records for examination. Read more
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Campus insecurity: An examination of crime and punishment on U.S. college campuses

The stories are part of an ongoing series — in collaboration with The Columbus Dispatch — to examine crime and punishment on college campuses across the country. Read more

FOIA improvement bill, approved in Senate committee, could benefit student journalists

A bill intended to amend the Freedom of Information Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Thursday and will now move to the Senate. Read more
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Framingham State U. police question students about comments, news story about ‘domestic violence’ Halloween costume

A Framingham State University student plans to file a Title IX complaint against campus police after officers “threatened” her during an investigation into cyberbullying allegations. Read more

Closed student senate meeting violates Colo. Sunshine Law, student newspaper argues

he student newspaper and student government at Colorado State University have come to different conclusions on whether the student government is a public body subject to open meetings laws following a closed, executive session regarding the impeachment of a student senator. Read more

Second Oklahoma university agrees to release campus parking ticket records

Officials at Oklahoma State University announced they will release the names of students who receive parking tickets on campus, one day after the University of Oklahoma’s president said it would release the citations. Read more

Former Washington State U. professor agrees to settlement in free speech case

A former journalism professor at Washington State University has settled a free speech case with the institution over claims that university officials retaliated against him when portions of his plan to improve the school of communication upset them and some faculty members. Read more
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U. of Oklahoma president orders release of parking ticket records after student paper joins editor’s suit

The University of Oklahoma’s president announced Wednesday the institution will release parking ticket records, reversing course after OU administrators and lawyers maintained for more than a year that the citations were exempt from disclosure under the federal student privacy law. Read more

Student assaulted, accused of recording Ferguson protest meeting

A University of Missouri-St. Louis student who uses an online platform to live-stream protests in Ferguson was hospitalized last week after five or six people threw him out of a church, where protesters had gathered to strategize, and beat him. Read more

FERPA amendment would establish ‘safeguards’ for student data privacy

As the prevalence of student data collection in educational institutions increases, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act’s use is once again in question. And while the proposed changes may not further restrict journalists’ access records, they also don’t alleviate any challenges. Read more
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Ind. high school administrators tell student journalist to remove quote from story about same-sex marriage

Three weeks after submitting an opinion article to the student newspaper about same-sex marriage, a New Prairie High School student was told she had to remove one of the students’ quotes from the article before administrators would approve it for publication. Read more

N.J. college plans to sell FM signal in online auction to generate revenue

Citing declining revenue, officials at Camden County College tried to sell the institution’s FM signal through an online auction website last spring, but later pulled the listing when nobody placed a bid. Now, administrators plan to list it again and could transition the student-produced radio station to an online-only format. Read more
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St. Louis police detain, intimidate student reporters for recording video of squad cars

Two student reporters from Lindenwood University say they were detained and intimidated by about 15 St. Louis Metropolitan police officers for about an hour on Oct. 27 after they recorded video of police cars from a public sidewalk. Read more
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As school officials work to counter cyberbullying, state lawmakers ensure student off-campus privacy isn’t trampled

While school officials often say such searches are necessary to combat cyberbullying and other illegal activity, several lawmakers and free speech advocates argue efforts to regulate off-campus speech are an invasion of students’ privacy. Read more

Tenn. student resigns from college newspaper, claims censorship in suspension from social media use

A sports writer for the student newspaper at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has resigned and is accusing his editors of censoring him after he was prohibited from representing the news organization on social media. Read more
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U. of Oregon student senator reports ‘hurtful’ blogs to administration for possible student conduct violations

Miles Sisk, senate vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, said on Oct. 22 that he plans to give the IP addresses of blogs, containing content that Sisk said was a form of “cyberbullying,” to university administration for possible violations of student conduct if they were not terminated in 48 hours. Read more

N.Y. Judge ends 9-year legal battle in high school newspaper censorship suit

Ending a nine-year legal battle, a federal judge dismissed a suit last week that aimed to declare the Ithaca City School District’s 2005 publications policy unconstitutional and to prevent the district from reimplementing it in the future. The judge’s dismissal ends a process that Robert Ochshorn and seven other 2005 Ithaca High School graduates who worked at the student newspaper, The Tattler, began in 2005. Read more
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After WRAS deal, student opportunities under Georgia Public Media provide no unique benefits, former staffer says

A partnership with Georgia Public Media will not provide any specific benefits for student deejays at the university, members of the WRAS-FM student radio station said after a meeting with officials from the university and the state media network. Read more

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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