Congress jumped into action last fall, taking up various issues concerning campus crime.
By way of the First and 14th Amendments, state-supported universities cannot censor the student press.
Students in Milwaukee suffered a blow in their censorship battle with high school administrators when a state court ruled in favor of the school's decision to censor the students' underground publication.
In September the U.S. Department of Education found Moorhead State University in violation of the federal Campus Security Act, the first time any school has been investigated and found in "non-compliance" with the five-year-old law.
The Old Dominion University student senate cut the campus newspaper's funding over 96 percent last April amid allegations the action was politically motivated.
A student at a Warrenton high school has settled a lawsuit against a school board for violating his constitutional free speech rights when it suspended him for presenting a creative writing assignment to his English class.
Jennifer Markiewitz, a 1996 graduate of Miami University of Ohio and the former editor in chief of the student newspaper, along with the current editor Emily Herbert are waging a much-watched battle in the journalism community.
A publications policy that could require prior review by school officials over the student newspaper at the University of Texas at Pan American is still working its way through the university system.
Steve Simpson, who still teaches English at Port Townsend High School, quit his post teaching journalism and advising the Arrow because he said the school principal "left a journalism program that was shattered and journalistically censored."
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student newspaper's state open meetings law case against the school's closed disciplinary hearings was argued in December.