Frank LoMonte:Hi, everybody, and welcome to another edition of the Student Press Law Center's monthly podcast. On the SPLC podcast we run down news and ideas about the law governing the rights of student journalists in high schools and colleges. The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights. We're online… Continue reading October 2016 Podcast: Meet the OG in the fight for student press freedom
https://splc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1380_splcpodcastoctober2016o.mp3 Frank LoMonte: Hi, everybody, and welcome to another edition of the Student Press Law Center's monthly podcast. On the SPLC podcast we run down news and ideas about the law governing the rights of student journalists in high schools and colleges. The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights.… Continue reading October 2016 Podcast: Meet the OG in the fight for student press freedom
A viral social-media image shows how bullies in a Nebraska high school crammed a 16-year-old hearing-impaired classmate’s books into the toilet, a despicable act that provoked an outpouring of crowd-funded financial support to replace the teen’s damaged property. The Omaha Public School District confirms that multiple students were punished for the attack – but won’t… Continue reading How bullies get punished isn’t the public’s business: School districts pretty much everywhere
Naperville’s North Central College, located in an affluent suburb just west of Chicago, acknowledges receiving reports of 10 sexual assaults over the most recent available three-year period. But that’s all they’ll acknowledge.The circumstances of each case – even the locations, dates and times – are a closely guarded secret because, Dean of Student Kimberly Sluis… Continue reading What/where/when of sexual assaults is a FERPA secret, Illinois college claims
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A college in Minnesota and a high school in Georgia are both facing uncomfortable questions about why they delayed notifying the public about reported sexual assaults on campus. Their responses: FERPA made me do it.In Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College sent a campus-wide email alerting the public to a sexual assault – nearly two weeks after… Continue reading A FERPA Fact double header: Do privacy laws really make it illegal to warn the campus about rapes?
The Yale Daily News is reporting (through a confidential source) that former men’s basketball captain Jack Montague was expelled for sexual misconduct last month. The university has not confirmed that. The Daily News writes:The University has refrained from commenting on Montague and his status, as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits educational institutions from sharing… Continue reading Yale: We can’t comment on former basketball player who either expelled or withdrew
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University of Kansas officials have placed two fraternities on probation for hazing in the last academic year, but won’t disclose what the hazing entailed. Delta Tau Delta is accused of engaging in hazing in the fall; Phi Beta Sigma, in the spring. Documents given to reporters disclose the punishments (including being barred from candidate intake… Continue reading University of Kansas: hazing is protected by FERPA, but discipline isn’t