Although it may at times be difficult to sort out, Kulenych said that Jonathan Law High School’s policy against publishing students’ last names and pictures online is designed to protect students from Internet predators. Administrators adopted the policy for the newspaper after it launched its site in 2004. Kulenych said some of his journalism students were at first confused and disappointed, but they have since accepted the policy.
But some experts worry that the free speech benefits of online social networking are getting lost in the debate over Internet safety.
Aprivate high school in Omaha has filed a lawsuit to obtain the names of someanonymous users of the encyclopedia Web siteWikipedia.org that made "mean-spirited" remarks about the school on the site, the school’s lawyer says.
A newspaper filed a lawsuit late last monthto obtain financial information from a coalition of school districts thatsuccessfully sued the state last year to increase government funding for Kansaspublic schools.
Inwhat a school official has called a “breakdown of communication,” student journalists were told last week that they would not receive theirpaychecks if they refused to sign aconfidentiality agreement thatprohibited the disclosure of certain university information.
A federal district court issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that will reinstate a student newspaper adviser who was removedfor what students claim was retaliation for stories theyprinted.
TheMichigan Supreme Courtruledlast week that a letter pertaining to the construction of a universitypresident’s house can in part remain private.
KentState University has reversed an order that would have required all studentathletes at the school to delete their Facebook.com profiles by Aug.1.
A new law thatgoes into effect Saturday in Virginia will require all colleges to turn over tostate police identifying information about the tens of thousands of students whoapply and are accepted in the state each year.