Mich. court defines role of private campus police

MICHIGAN

-- After a five-year legal battle, a state appeals court ruled in January that law enforcement officials at private colleges can be deputized by local sheriff's departments, giving them the authority to enforce the law both on and off campus.

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The decision, handed down in January by the Michigan Court of Appeals, appears to give student journalists increased access to records of arrests carried out by campus police at such schools, said Dawn Phillips Hertz, general counsel for the Michigan Press Association.

Censorship on the rise

For the past several months, while America has been at war to preserve freedoms abroad, many school-sponsored publications have been losing some of their most fundamental freedoms at home.

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Censorship is alive and well in high schools around the country, with administrators routinely silencing the free expression of student journalists in a variety of ways and for myriad reasons.

Ky. amends reporting law for college fires

KENTUCKY

-- Gov. Paul Patton signed legislation in April establishing a statewide college and university fire safety education fund and clarifying guidelines for reporting fires.

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The "Michael Minger/Priddy fire prevention fund," was named for Michael Minger, who died in a September 1998 arson fire at Murray State University, and Michael Priddy, whom the fire seriously injured.

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The new law clarifies guidelines in the current Minger Act on reporting fires to the state fire marshal, defining "immediately" as within two hours of the discovery of a fire or fire threat.

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The law sets a fine of $1,000 to $2,000 for each day a reporting violation occurs.

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