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The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Press Freedom & Censorship

Americans have never been more reliant on students to bring them the day's news. We make sure students can fearlessly share ideas and information free from retaliation.

School Transparency

We're shining a spotlight in the dark crevices of campuses where financial mismanagement and safety hazards hide. Citizen engagement starts with open, accountable government.

Civic Participation

Students want a say in education policy, and policymakers need to hear their unique perspective. We help young people use their voices to advocate for social change.

Online Citizenship

The SPLC advocates for sensible, non-punitive responses to online incivility, with curriculum based on the skills, ethics and values of journalism instead of expulsions and arrests.

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Complete this online form to submit a media law question or report censorship to the SPLC.

Open Record Letter Generator

Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Montana Supreme Court rules against John Krakauer in FERPA open records lawsuit

The Montana Supreme Court has rejected the public release of disciplinary records related to a former University of Montana quarterback who had been accused of rape, ruling that the records of college students are entitled to stringent privacy protection.

Investigative news agency filing public records lawsuit against University of Louisville Foundation

Kentucky’s two largest public universities are rivals in academics and athletics, but seem in recent weeks to have found common ground in an unlikely area: legal action surrounding their adherence to public-records laws.

University of Kentucky faculty and Bluegrass SPJ come out swinging in statements to UK President Capilouto

Since the University of Kentucky filed suit against its independent student newspaper last month, university President Eli Capilouto and the school’s administration have faced local and national criticism for making such an unusually aggressive move against their own students.

Big League – little speech

They announced the boycott through Twitter, vowing not to participate in any football activities until embattled Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned over perceived inaction toward an inhospitable racial climate.

College Media Association censures private Catholic university for hobbling student newspaper

Saint Peter’s University, a private Jesuit institution in Jersey City, is facing censure by the College Media Association for violating its student journalists’ rights by shuttering the newspaper.

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em

In Kentucky and Florida, two universities seem to be exhausting all options to keep public records from their student papers – including suing their students.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Copyright-safe materials available for republication in student media

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Taking photos and shooting video at protests, demonstrations and crime scenes

College campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods regularly are the scene of mass public gatherings, some celebratory and some enraged, some planned and some spontaneous.

First Amendment and Censorship FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about a student’s right to a free press.

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