Campus crime statistics unavailable from government during shutdown, but we have ’em

We often encourage student journalists to look up campus crime statistics reported by their school using the Department of Education's "Data Analysis Cutting Tool." On that website, students can look up statistics reported annually by their school as required by the Jeanne Clery Act, as well as those reported by other schools.Students (and members of the public) trying to do that today won't be able to.

Why there’s not a student newspaper at Constitution High School anymore

"Have you met the girl from Constitution High School whose student newspaper was censored?"This was my introduction to Madeline Clapier, a senior at the school who was attending the Constitution Day celebrations Tuesday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Student Voice launches “Digital Backpack” to help students learn about their rights

Today, Student Voice launched its "Digital Backpack," a set of guides for students, educators and community members who want to have a voice "in the decisions that impact their lives." If you subscribe to SPLC's magazine, the Report, you might recognize Student Voice from Daniel Moore's story in our most recent issue. Student Voice evolved out of Twitter chats between students all over the world, and now they're working to elevate students' voices everywhere.

The "Digital Backpack" is a great starting point for students who want to participate in conversations about how education impacts them, and includes a guide to student rights written by SPLC Executive Director Frank LoMonte.

Explore the entire guide here.

Red & Black board agrees to give student board members voting rights

A year ago this week, staff of The Red & Black walked out in protest of policies they believed threatened student editorial control. For several days, students and the board of directors, which runs the independent nonprofit newspaper, found themselves at an impasse — culminating with a tense "open house" meeting where the paper's then-general manager got in an altercation with a student journalist covering the event.