Eight years after the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier -- giving high school administrators greater authority to censor school sponsored student publications -- one of the largest public university systems in the country is pressing to extend the ruling to college and university student media.
A House of Representatives subcommittee heard over two hours of "eye-opening" and sometimes emotional testimony about campus crime in early June from a series of eight panelists, including school administrators, victims of campus crime, a professional journalist and a Department of Education official.
Parents, teachers and gay and lesbian rights advocates have declared victory in the community of Merrimack, after a new school board repealed a controversial "alternative lifestyle instruction" policy.
A federal district court judge partially upheld and partially dismissed two Kentucky State University students' claims that school administrators had unlawfully kept their yearbooks from them.
The Community College of Philadelphia's student newspaper staff lost their long-running fight for access to campus crime records when the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in April that the college is not a state agency.
The Oregon Court of Appeals once again skirted the issue of state free press rights for student journalists in a decision in a long-running high school censorship case.
This spring, four more university newspaper staffs became the victims of an increasingly popular form of censorship on college campuses: newspaper theft. These four incidents bring the total number of thefts reported to the Student Press Law Center for the 1995-96 school year to 26.
A student whose case has potentially serious implications for the opening of campus court proceedings suffered a defeat in state court in May, when a district court judge ruled against her in a sexual discrimination suit against her former school.
No one was laughing about an April Fool's Day column at Logan High School that was so offensive to some students it was confiscated by the principal less than an hour after being printed.
For free newspapers that face newspaper theft, finding suspects is only half the battle. As many papers have discovered, the real struggle begins in convincing university disciplinary boards and local police to prosecute the thieves.