A case in Virginia has provided a welcome stand against retaliation for students exercising their First Amendment rights. On March 30, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia rejected a motion to dismiss by the defendants in Deegan v. Moore, finding that student Jennifer Deegan had been well within her rights to… Continue reading U.S. District Court affirms First Amendment right to complain in rejecting motion to dismiss former student's complaint
Author: Jessica Kelham-Hohler
Rhode Island joins the race with New Voices bills in House and Senate
Two bills introduced in both the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate look to defend student journalists’ freedom of speech in school-sponsored and independent media.
Princeton sues to protect admissions documents sought in FOIA request to DOE
Princeton University has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education to prevent the release of hundreds of pages of admissions documents being sought under a FOIA request.
Amended New Voices bill passes Indiana Senate committee
The Indiana Senate’s Education and Career Development Committee voted unanimously to pass an amended student press freedom bill on Wednesday.
Nursing student removed from program over Facebook posts seeks Supreme Court review
A case that began with a series of Facebook posts and reached a court ruling that challenged First Amendment protections for students on social media is now making its way to the Supreme Court.
Ohio reporter successfully gains university presidential records release through claims court
A reporter for The Athens News has successfully obtained documents from Ohio University concerning the semifinal candidates for the university presidency after filing a complaint with the Ohio Court of Claims.
California legislation aims to allow schools to search personal electronic devices
A new bill could end the protections of the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act for members of education institutions, including students.
Texas court punts on issuing decisive FERPA ruling
Days before the end of his tenure as a regent of the University of Texas, Wallace L. Hall saw his request for documents related to a university scandal denied by the Texas Supreme Court.
North Dakota introduces bill to exempt university leadership applicants from open records law
A new House bill could make the applications for top positions in North Dakota’s state universities exempt from the open records law.
Newspaper files complaint against Ohio University over presidential search records
A reporter for The Athens News has filed a complaint in the Ohio Court of Claims after a request for background information about the semifinal candidates for the Ohio University presidency was ignored for over a month.