Student’s Guide to Fall Semester 2022

This year, practice bold journalism and brave advocacy, knowing SPLC has your back.

In this guide you’ll find:

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Censorship Red Flags: What to Look Out For

Censorship isn’t always cut and dry. That’s why, for the next few weeks, we’re talking about red flags to watch out for. Follow @studentpresslawcenter on Instagram for more content like this.

Remember, if you need help dealing with censorship, contact SPLC’s hotline!

The Number One Thing to Understand About Your Adviser

Your adviser is there to support you, but when it comes right down to it, they are also a school employee. That means that if censorship occurs, they are limited in their ability to fight for you. Doing so could cost them their job.

Courts have made clear that it is students’ legal rights — not the adviser’s — that are at stake. The bottom line is that you must be willing to stand up to protect your own free speech rights. Your adviser being fired for insubordination does no one any good.

Fighting censorship can seem intimidating, but you aren’t alone! We have your back. Contact SPLC’s hotline for help.

Test Your Student Media Law Knowledge

How well do you know the First Amendment? What about internet law? Copyright? Take our newly updated quizzes and find out.

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More resources

Explore SPLC’s website or contact our legal hotline for answers to all of your media law questions.