State and federal courts have decided over 60 cases in the last four decades directly involving censorship of the public college and university student press. The decisions have been unanimous in their agreement that the First Amendment forbids almost all censorship of student-edited publications by school administrators.
- SPLC model guidelines for college student media -
- Guide to student press freedom at public colleges -
State and federal courts have decided over 60 cases in the last two decades directly involving censorship of the college and university student press.
- Don’t be mooted: A student plaintiff’s guide to keeping your case alive after graduation -
Although graduation day is traditionally a time for celebration and for new beginnings, it can bring an unhappy ending to the legal claims of a student who is challenging school censorship. In general, challenges to school policies must be raised by currently affected students. When a student graduates, a court may dismiss her claims as moot.
- Student media guide to due process claims -
When Jill Snyder, an eighth grade student at Blue Mountain Middle School in Orwigsburg, Pa., was reprimanded for violating the school dress code, she decided to take matters into her own hands. After school, Snyder went home to create a mock MySpace page ridiculing her school principal.
- From the hotline: can I be punished for fighting censorship? -
You can't be punished for opposing censorship — at least, not lawfully — as long as you don't break any laws or rules in how you choose to protest.
- Guide for the private school press -
Do students at a private high school or college have to check their free speech rights at the campus gate when they walk to school each morning?
The answer to that question is a resounding maybe.
- Student media guide to campus ‘free speech zones’ - Universities that attempt to limit campus expression areas often end up in court.
- Guide to broadcast press freedom for student journalists -
Although a university may afford its student newspaper virtually unfettered editorial freedom, the same cannot always be said of its student broadcastmedia.