There is a contractual paradigm that prescribes First Amendment protection at most private universities through student handbooks and codes, but it’s not always fulfilled.
Author: Kaitlin DeWulf
An unintended consequence of Title IX
Without clear direction from the Department of Education, some colleges are overreaching their authority into student media to demand compliance with the anti-sex discrimination statute.
Free speech advocates urge the University of Wisconsin-Superior to drop its investigation into student newspaper’s April Fools’ edition
Student editors are fighting back against a harassment complaint filed by an offended student who says the newspaper's satire edition was "demeaning" to women and Jews.
Student newspaper stands by its April Fools’ Day edition despite university investigation and community backlash
The University of Wisconsin-Superior launched an investigation into its student newspaper’s April Fools’ Day edition last week.
Missouri Senate committee unanimously passes New Voices legislation following hearing
The student press freedom legislation, which already passed the state House, now moves on to the Senate floor.
Southern Oregon University student journalists fight to save 90-year-old publication
The student journalists have eight weeks to save the Siskiyou — either by raising $50,000 for an endowment or by applying for student government funds.
Ninth Circuit ruling in California student expression case may be “dangerous for campus speech,” lawyers say
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in O’Brien v. Welty that a university harassment policy was not unconstitutionally overbroad.
Student publications on three college campuses fall victim to newspaper theft
Hundreds of newspapers were stolen at three colleges in March because of articles some found to be controversial.
Brandeis University drops investigation into student journalists’ coverage of sexual assault event
Student journalists were being investigated by the university and threatened with legal action for anonymously quoting public speakers at a Take Back the Night march.
Indiana governor vetoes controversial bill that would have shielded private university police records
The bill would have superseded a recent Indiana Court of Appeals ruling that said state private universities' police departments are subject to public records law.