Creating an off-campus publication?

Have as little contact with the school as possible.* The more contact you have with the school, the more likely a court is to find that school officials have some authority to control your actions. To be an independent, you should act independently.* If you are creating a Web site, do it at home, on your own computer, on your own time, and with a service you pay for. Do not use the school’s equipment or resources.* Encourage students to look up your Web site after school and off school grounds, instead of on campus.* If your publication concerns school activities, place a disclaimer on it, making clear that you have no official ties to your school.Obey all school rules and orders from school authorities.* Challenge conduct that you believe violates your rights, but do so at an appropriate time.* Advise the administration that you will fight their ruling.* Contact the Student Press Law Center or other legal experts if you feel your rights have been violated.Keep in mind you are responsible for everything you publish.* Even if your school cannot regulate you, you are still bound by the laws of privacy, libel, obscenity and copyright.