Former college President Veldon Law said in an affidavit, filed May 25 in federal district court, that he recommended Schartz's contract be renewed, but the Barton County Community College Board of Trustees voted not to renew it. Law, who was fired from the college by the Board of Trustees on July 19 after three former basketball coaches were accused of fraud, declined to answer questions for this story.
Student media advisers at the affected state universities -- Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona -- said the footnote will not have an impact on the papers at their schools because they say they do not currently receive state money.
Advocates for college press freedom are on edge. Is the sky falling or will it be business as usual when students return to campus this fall?
The June ruling by the U.S.
The policy specifies that the Communicator staff has control over the newspaper, and the college is released from any liability relating to the paper's content.
Both of these cases are continuing. The two former editors of the Kansas State Collegian are appealing the decision in their case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. And the student plaintiffs in the Hosty case are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to consider their claims as well. Both of these cases may ultimately have a very different outcome.
Antebi sued the college for violating his rights in March under a California statue that protects free expression at private schools, a year after he was fired from his radio show and censured for sexual harassment over his on-air comments.
Former Novato High School student Andrew Smith's editorials on immigration and reverse discrimination were not protected speech, the trial court judge ruled on March 14.
Officials at the University of Texas at Austin are debating whether to appeal a federal appeals court ruling that allows students to distribute pamphlets anonymously on campus, a spokesman for the Texas Attorney General's Office said.
The claim of public disclosure of private facts is based on a Nov. 10, 2004, article printed by the student-produced Harvard-Westlake Chronicle, 'Students' online comments lead to FBI investigation.' The article named the minor Caplin and the school that he transferred to after the Web comments were posted.
The free press rights of student newspapers at private colleges have been upheld after a New York state trial court recognized that private university student newspapers are separate from their universities.