Winter 1997-98

Ten years after Hazelwood, censorship threat continues to grow

The event that student press advocates had both anticipated and feared for a decade finally occurred in November. A court upheld the censorship of a college student publication based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988 Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier decision. Read more

Hazelwood threatens college press

If allowed to stand, a Nov. 14 decision by a Kentucky federal district court would mark the first time the Hazelwood standard has been used to justify the censorship of a college publication. Read more

Students censor students

The clash between college student newspapers and student governments is an issue all too familiar to many student journalists, as incidents around the country have shown. Read more

New York newspaper in battle for space

Extra space is hard to find in New York City, especially, it seems, if you’re a conservative student newspaper at New York University. Read more

University chancellor halts newspaper funds

The student newspaper at Fayetteville State University began publishing again in October after almost a month without funds. Read more

Private college editor fights for her rights

Battling what the student newspaper at the University of Incarnate Word described as censorship by the administration, the editor delivered the university president an ultimatum this fall and printed it in the newspaper. Read more

College newspaper editor gets the boot

A Florida student who is suing his college said he believes censorship played a role in the loss of his position at the student newspaper. Read more

Administration steals newspaper

The administration was behind the disappearance of about 500 copies of the student newspaper at Kansas City, Kan., Community College in September. Read more

Stanford settles two-year debate

Stanford University and the Stanford Daily reached a settlement agreement in October in a 2-year-old lawsuit regarding the newspaper’s distribution on campus. Read more

Newspaper thieves run rampant

For the seventh time in one year, the University of California at Berkeley’s student newspaper, The Daily Californian, was ripped off. Read more

Big Business

For possibly the first time in history, college newspaper editors from around the country have collaborated in an effort to support a fellow college newspaper in its ongoing disagreement with a local commercial newspaper over their competitive relationship. Read more

Student press law close enough to taste

High school student journalists have suffered another setback in their 8-year battle to secure stronger press freedoms. Read more

Student hacker wins first round

Greenfield School District is making a second attempt to suspend a student for writing an article about computer “hacking” that the school claims violates its computer use policies. Read more

Student press protests policy

After battling censorship of a student television program last year, Blair High School student journalists may face another fight, this time for all student media in the county. Read more

Underground paper case misses

A teacher suggested a student should not voice his opinions in school. The student did, and got expelled. Then he sued. Read more

Student journalists avenge

Student journalists are fighting for their rights as their adviser fights for her job. Read more

Student stirs up mayor's race

A high school student’s political editorial almost became the focus of a state investigation in Vernon this fall. Read more

Principal agrees to news changes

A student journalists’ plan to sue her principal may prompt the school board to conform to the state student free press law. Read more

Department of Education requires prior review

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is trying to inflict a prior review policy on a high school student newspaper in Arkansas. Read more

Advisor accepts Playboy award

A journalism teacher accepted the Playboy Foundation’s Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in November despite disapproval from her school district. Read more

Story claims education law can dictate news content

A small section of an article published in the August edition of The American School Board Journal poses a potential threat to high school journalists. Read more

Teen runs for school board seat after struggling with principal

An 18-year-old lost a bid for a seat on his school board on Nov. 4, but won a censorship battle against his principal last June. Read more

Reporter saves seized newspapers

A student received a standing ovation from teachers and students in September after winning a newspaper censorship battle with her principal at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg. Read more

Fixing the blame: Level of editorial control determines schools' liability for student media

In reality, the best advice for most schools that want to protect their pocketbooks and stay out of court is to refrain from editorial decision-making and content control of student publications. Read more

Court decides students have ad control

Journalists at Lexington High School and student press advocates across the country are celebrating a victory they have been working toward for nearly five years. Read more

State high court agrees to review 'butt-licking' suit against paper

The state supreme court decided Sept. 4 to consider the appeal of a Virginia Tech administrator who brought a libel lawsuit against the student newspaper. The newspaper had identified the administrator as the “Director of Butt Licking.” Read more

Suit against Hofstra student newspaper dropped

A state appellate court upheld the dismissal of a former student’s case against the student newspaper at Hofstra University in a ruling issued Dec. 4. Read more

Students settle out of court

Two students in conflict about an article published in the Arundel High School student newspaper, the Spectrum, have settled their disagreement. Read more

For their own good?

Student editors of Dulaney High School’s Griffen stopped producing the on-line version of the newspaper this October in protest of a new telecommunications policy in Baltimore County that prohibits students’ names and photos from appearing on school Web sites. Read more

State college no place for political speech

A student who thought he was just getting involved with a political campaign has ended up suing his university. Read more

Boston University attempts to shut down term paper sale companies on the Internet

Boston University hopes a lawsuit will help its students beat the temptation to cheat. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear access case

In an unexpected about face, Miami University of Ohio asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a decision that the university must turn over campus disciplinary records involving campus crime. The Supreme Court refused to review the case in early December. Read more

Miami University found to violate campus security act

The U.S. Department of Education declared this fall that Miami University of Ohio is in violation of federal law requiring accurate reporting of campus crime. Read more

Higher education groups oppose access legislation

A bill that could open campus disciplinary proceedings and make campus crime reporting more accessible, is facing opposition from some higher education lobbying groups. Read more

State high court opens personnel files

The Michigan Supreme Court upheld this summer a decision that portions of administrator and teacher files are open under the state open records law. Read more

Tax Access: Government proposes new tax access rules for schools

Tax exempt organizations, including private schools, may have to make their tax returns more readily available to the public. Read more

University of Mississippi denies all photographers access to controversial student government meeting

Photographers had to leave their cameras at the door of a highly publicized and controversial student senate meeting at the University of Mississippi in October. Read more