In last month's Legal Alert, the wrong date was used in the case citation for the story "Calif. judge cites anti-SLAPP law in dismissal of libel suit against student newspaper." The correct citation is Reyes v.
TEXAS ' A high school principal yanked every copy of the school newspaper off the shelves, and then publicly said he was 'embarrassed' by the student editor ' all in an apparent reaction to the terrorist attacks of Sept.
VIRGINIA -- A state law designed to restrict Internet material considered harmful to children was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in October.\n
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When an alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University heard the university was contemplating a proposal to switch the publishing control of the campus newspaper from student affairs to the journalism department, his initial concern was the potential threat to editorial content.
Unsure of the motivation behind the proposed change, Jeffrey Syracuse's inclination was that the journalism department was attempting to have financial and thus editorial control over Sidelines. He viewed the move as a threat to the students' press rights.
'I don't see how the paper could be completely editorial independent if it is under the journalism department, where there is a possibility of [professors] having some editorial control,' he said.
In the end the university decided to leave the newspaper under the supervision of student affairs.
WISCONSIN ' A military academy filed a libel suit against a parent of a former student and a law firm, claiming their respective Web sites damaged the school's reputation.
In the suit filed in May, St.
Thirteen years after the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, student-press advocates continue to fight for the rights of student journalists taken away by that ruling.
The most immediate movement is in Pennsylvania, where the Pennsylvania School Press Association is rallying support to oppose proposed changes to the state school code that would put limits on what student publications can publish and remove protections that have been in the code since 1984.
New regulations, proposed by the state board of education, would reduce approximately 24 paragraphs that detail specific protection for student journalists to four paragraphs of broad regulations.
For example, the current guidelines state that 'students have the right to express themselves unless the expression ' threatens immediate harm to the welfare of the school or community.' The new legislation would remove the word 'immediately,' a change that troubles student-press advocates.
For reporters at Auburn University's newspaper, The Plainsman, trying to get into a board of trustees meeting was like hitting a brick wall.
LOUISIANA ' The campus newspaper and student government at Northwestern State University fought a heated battle this fall that almost led to the dismissal of the student newspaper editor.
In a 23-4 vote, the student senate decided to remove Rondray Hill as editor of The Current Sauce for refusing to publish the minutes of student senate meetings.
FLORIDA ' Following the settlement of a libel suit involving Leon High School, students will probably think twice before publishing offensive comments about their teachers and administrators.
The 3-year-old case was settled in October a few days before going to trial.
CALIFORNIA ' The dispute over the yearbook at Salinas High School has escalated from a troubling incident to an impending trial.
Eight high school students are bringing suit against administrators for what they claim is censorship of their yearbook, the El Gabian, during the 2000-01 school year.