Often when student publications are the victims of theft, administrators are unwilling to investigate and prosecute those responsible. At three schools, however, students have fought to convince officials that stealing papers is a crime.
A state court judge has ruled in favor of three McQueen High School students who were sued for libel by an employee of the Washoe County School District. The suit came about because of articles published in December of 1995 in an underground student newspaper.
The student newspaper at the University of Idaho in Moscow won a judgment against the school in October, securing complete access to classroom-based teacher evaluations.
Princeton University reversed in September a newly issued policy that would have prohibited use of its Internet access and e-mail systems for "political purposes" after widespread criticism and a threatened ACLU lawsuit.
A fired Rutgers University journalism professor is suing his former school for discrimination he alleges occurred over several articles he wrote for the student newspaper.
A student newspaper at Washington State University in Pullman published a virtually blank issue protesting the censorship policies of their adviser last October.
Information sought by a student newspaper at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge helped expose improperly awarded scholarships and led to the resignation of the school's chancellor and his top assistant.
Photojournalists are often faced with tough choices when covering news stories. They must make on-the-spot decisions that affect the way important issues are covered. Knowing that student journalists have rights when it comes to pictures and film can help protect photographers against unwarranted searches and seizures and ensure that the press acts as an independent and objective reporter.
A high school teacher who was removed from her position as adviser to the student newspaper last May, has filed suit against the Stanwood School District, the superintendent and the school principal.
The University of North Carolina settled out of court with student journalists and other media seeking wider access to chancellor committee meetings.