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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

Advocates seek reversal of Northwest College trustees' vote abolishing journalism

The Wyoming teacher association, which is providing legal representation to Northwest College's embattled faculty journalism adviser, is urging supporters of the student newspaper to contact college trustees seeking reconsideration of a 4-2 vote to eliminate Northwest's journalism courses.  

Erasing the narrative: Student journalists face an increasing amount of takedown requests

High school and college newspapers have been grappling with requests for content removal from former sources and contributors. 

Appeal challenges legality of Michigan regents' secretive "pre-meeting meetings"

Michigan's Supreme Court will be asked to consider whether university regents can lawfully continue excluding the public from "informal meetings" held before each public board meeting, where the bulk of substantive discussion actually takes place.

Turning free speech rights inside out

Schools and courts have been divided while navigating school dress codes and student's First Amendment rights.

Student press freedom bill unanimously clears Senate committee as school lobbyists drop opposition

After unanimously passing the Illinois House, a student press rights bill cleared its toughest hurdle Tuesday and needs only a Senate floor vote and the House's concurrence in minor Senate amendments before heading to the governor's desk.

The ultimate student discount: No more paying for FOIA search-and-retrieval

A University of Virginia graduate student prevailed in her challenge to paying for the Defense Department to search for public records, convincing a federal appeals court that she qualifies for FOIA's discounted "educational institution" rate.

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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