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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

UCSD student government defunds student media, including controversial satirical site The Koala

The University of California-San Diego student government defunded all 13 student media outlets in a targeted move at the controversial and often-offensive publication The Koala.

As student protests heat up, journalists face access issues

At Smith College, student activists banned reporters from covering their protest unless the reporters agreed to endorse their mission. Media bans have been common in the wave of protests sweeping college campuses.

Law journal honors Mary Beth Tinker, devotes issue to free speech in schools

SPLC's Frank LoMonte and Mike Hiestand wrote articles for the law journal about free speech in schools today, particularly what they see as a worrisome trend of schools' control of students' online speech. 

Former Mississippi student who was suspended for posting rap song online has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will now have to decide whether to hear its first case on student off-campus online speech.

Student journalists at Loyola ban outside media from taking pictures in student protesters’ “healing space”

Student staffers of the Black Tribune, a publication run by Loyola students of color, would not allow outside media to take pictures inside the protesters' arm-locked circle, following a demonstration against racism on campus. 

Conference honors 25th anniversary of Clery Act, stresses need for more transparency

Educators, campus police officers, victim advocates and attorneys gathered in Washington, D.C. Friday to celebrate 25 years of the federal campus crime law and talk about what's next. 

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

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.

Freedom of Information FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about open records and open meetings.

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