Somewhere between 900 to 1,200 newspapers were stolen from the Virginia Tech campus last week after a seemingly routine update to a local murder trial involving two former university students.
The former editor in chief of Virginia Tech’s student newspaper has been given a chance to respond to the allegations that led to her firing, but she said “it’s too little, too late” for the Board of Directors to reverse their decision.
Amid negotiations between the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech — a non-profit organization that oversees all student media at the public institution — and university officials over the company’s failing finances and uncertain future, some student leaders argue the company violated its own due process policies to fire its editor in chief.
In 2006, the student newspapers at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia filed suit against the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board for its blanket ban on the advertising of alcoholic beverages in college newspapers. In 2013, the federal appeals court ruled the ban was unconstitutional.
The case involving police records from a 1998 missing person investigation has been dismissed because the West Virginia State Police claim the records are part of an ongoing investigation.The Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech's student newspaper, wanted to access the police investigation file in 2009 when reporter Caleb Fleming was writing a story about the 10th anniversary of former Virginia Tech student Robert Kovack's disappearance.
TheU.S. Department of Education fined Virginia Tech $55,000 after finding theuniversity in violation of the Clery Act in its response to the 2007 shootingrampage on campus.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging Virginia's ban on alcohol-related advertising in college newspapers.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 this month that the Virginia regulation that prohibits college publications from printing alcohol advertisements does not violate the students' First Amendment rights.
The Virginia Tech administration has rejected recommendations to cut funding or ban student organization advertising in the student newspaper resulting from the paper's refusal to eliminate anonymous comments from its Web site.
The Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech(EMCVT) is fighting back against the university's threat of financialconsequences if the student newspaper does not reconsider allowing anonymouscomments on its Web site.