Seven years after the Supreme Court's Hazelwood decision, calls from the high school student media seeking legal help from the nStudent Press Law Center hit an all-time high in 1995.
Missouri, the home of the Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier case that curtailed student First Amendment rights, has taken the lead this spring in tackling state legislation that would give students free press protections and counteract that 1988 decision. Illinois, Nebraska and Michigan have also pursued the battle.
The debate over how to deal with "indecent" material getting into the hands of minors via the Internet and computer networks may finally be over, at least from Congress' view. For media advisers, college and high school students and others who are concerned about First Amendment rights, the debate is just beginning.
A New Jersey appellate court ruled last August, in a unpublished decision, that the Peddie School's decision to dismiss a student who violated a school-disciplinary rule by "bullying others" via e-mail is acceptable.
NEW YORK Student editors at the City University of \nNew York School of Law at Queens College (CUNY) defeated \na former student in September 1995 in a lawsuit filed \nagainst them for refusing to publish his classified advertisement in \nthe student newspaper.
The Bellevue School District has settled out of court with a student, who was punished last year for creating a satirical computer "home page" about his school.
What could have been a battle over administrative control over the student paper, ended peacefully this spring.
Three recent court decisions have reaffirmed a principle that should make college administrators less inclined to censor the student press: schools that allow student editors to make their own content decisions will be protected from liability if a libel suit is filed.
An adviser who lost his job after helping journalism students cover controversial stories settled his claim against the university in March for $64,000.
A controversial underground newspaper at McQueen High School in Reno has resulted in a libel suit against students involved with the publication.