Spring 2007

Discretionary searches

College and universities looking for new leadership insist that secrecy is the only way to attract the best candidates. Read more

Incident highlights importance of Clery Act

By Jared TaylorAfter University of Tampa officials had failed to notify students and the student newspaper about a rape reported on campus, the university is reviewing its crime reporting procedures to ensure they are in accordance with federal statutes. Read more

Legislation targets 'cyberbullies'

State lawmakers across the country are introducing bills intended to curtail bullying in schools via text messaging and the Internet, but critics charge that the legislation could trample students’ rights to free expression. Read more

Grambling State University implements prior review

After a semester that saw Grambling State University administrators shut down and reinstate the student newspaper, the student editor in chief says the weekly publication’s operations have resumed without conflict, and now wonders if the paper’s battle was all “for nothing.” Read more

Academic freedom legislation could tie professor's tongues, and student rights, opponents argue

A sweep of legislation from Arizona to Massachusetts aims to reshape the principles of academic freedom, which some say could limit free expression on campus. Read more

SPLC announces new student program, online Podcasts

Support the Student Press Law Center by participating in a new program to defend student voices. Read more

Newspaper thefts level off

Liz Zelinksi could not ignore the strikingly high number: In just a few months, editorial staffs at more than a dozen college newspapers woke up to find distribution boxes inexplicably empty, just hours after they were circulated. Read more

A column advocating tolerance for homosexuality turned adviser Amy Sorrell's year upside down

When Megan Chase wrote her first opinion column, calling for tolerance of homosexuality, she never imagined it would trigger a war that would take the job of her newspaper adviser. Read more

Censorship case becomes open meetings suit

Many aspiring journalists learn about press censorship laws in a textbook or the national news, but students at Danbury High School witnessed it live when their newspapers were locked up and they were locked out of a public school board meeting. Read more

Morse v. Frederick's last stand

He was rushing to school that January morning after digging his car out of 10 inches of accumulated snow and ice. Somehow, his car started despite the below-zero temperatures. No matter, it was not the tardy bell he was worried about; he just wanted to make it to town in time for the parade. Read more

'Bong Hits' decision could curb student expression

Nearly 40 years have passed since Mary Beth Tinker first entered the vaunted halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. Since then, the plaintiff in the landmark student expression case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District has heard her name invoked countless times as the gold standard protecting students’ free expression rights. Read more

Privacy law strikes at heart of newspapers

When Patrick Esfeller, a junior at Louisiana State University, learned he was under investigation from school administrators, he says his feelings quickly moved from shock to outrage. Read more

A culture of open records

This spring, the SPLC celebrated Sunshine Week, an annual event that encourages organizations to promote open government Although Sunshine Week is celebrated in March, advocates and journalists agree that open government should be an everyday occurrence. Read more

Student free expression proposals sweep legislatures from coast to coast, some survive, but others meet an early end

Claire Lueneburg and Sara Eccleston were just seniors at Everett High School when they filed a federal lawsuit against their school. Read more

Illinois takes on Hosty

When the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision in Hosty v. Carter two years ago, it was heralded as the greatest blow against student press rights in almost two decades. Read more

University of Texas eliminating prior review

Every school night for more than 35 years, The Daily Texan had to make a detour on its way to the printer. Before a single drop of ink met newsprint, an adviser was required to comb through every word in the newspaper, searching for any legal gaffes editors might have let slip by. Read more