Members of the student press at American University no longer need to worry about being censored by the school's administration.
The Nevada Board of Regents violated the state open meetings law when it used phone calls and faxes to decide how it would respond to a publicly dissident regent, the state supreme court decided in April.
"Although student disciplinary hearings are serious and adversarial in nature, students are not entitled to the procedural protections of a criminal trial," Chief Judge Judith Kaye wrote in a unanimous decision for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division in early December.
Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., may see progress in a bill in which he has a special interest.
The evidence against an elementary school principal -- who stirred rumors when he resigned amid allegations that he sexually molested a few school girls years before -- should be made public, a Dane County judge ruled in February.
The student newspaper at George Mason University, the Fairfax public school named after the author of the First Amendment, has found itself under the critical eye of the school's board of visitors in the last few months.
The federal law known as the Buckley Amendment does not permit a school board to go into a closed session to discuss the educational records of a former student, Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant wrote.
Students at universities around the nation are using their First Amendment free press rights to cover controversial topics, but in some cases it has cost their advisers their jobs.
A Midwestern State University football player's threats led to the student newspaper editor's resignation and transfer to another school and the student senate to pass a resolution in support of the campus' student media.