The number of college student media organizations that contacted the Student Press Law Center for help in dealing with censorship in 2002 was almost 50 percent greater than the number that sought such help 2001.
The U.S. Department of Education has initiated an investigation into Georgetown University for its handling of sexual assault cases that go through its judicial process.
Charges were dropped against a Sacramento City College student photographer who was arrested while covering an anti-war protest in San Francisco.
When administrators at Upland High School in California instituted prior review of the annual student-run literary magazine, adviser Alan Berman said he stepped down from his position in protest.
The state’s public high schools may no longer be able to release the names of students who are expelled. In declining to hear a case over the matter in April, the California Supreme Court allowed to stand an appellate court decision that expulsion records can be sealed under a federal privacy law.
On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government did not violate the First Amendment by requiring public libraries to place Internet filters on their computers in order to receive some federal funding.
Students contend that language that is considered vulgar by adults is socially acceptable among their fellow classmates. They say they should have the right to express it.
After more than a year and a half of playing the waiting game, the student radio station at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg resumed streaming music online.
In his May 27 ruling, U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick said Juneau School District officials had a right to suspend a student under the school's anti-drug policy after he displayed a banner that read ''Bong Hits 4 Jesus.'' Joseph Frederick, then a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, held up the sign during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through the town in January 2002 leading up to that summer's games.