In the wake of two lawsuits and a grand jury investigation involving the fundraising arm of the University of Colorado, state officials are accusing the University of Colorado Foundation of having an "anonymous nature" – and, the officials say, they are ready to do something about it.
When such sites are created and viewed off-campus or are used for fair comment and criticism, public school officials typically have no real legal ability to censor content or punish students.
The state attorney general squashed a short-lived policy created by the University of Kentucky to black out victims' names on police incident reports, saying it violated the state's open-records law.
The battle for access to police records at private universities continues at five schools, as open-records advocates at two of the five continue legal action.
A student newspaper at a Virginia college and four student newspaper editors at an Ohio high school that battled efforts by school administrators to control the content of their publications have been named the winners of student press freedom awards co-sponsored by the Student Press Law Center.
The staff of The Script at Hampton University received the 2004 College Press Freedom award on Saturday, Nov.
Despite a federal district court ruling ordering Texas Tech University to loosen its campus speech code restrictions in October, critics of university "free speech zones" say the number of campuses in America with speech codes is not declining.
In 1988, the Supreme Court ruled in Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier that educators could censor school-sponsored student expression, including some student publications, if a legitimate educational concern exists. The ruling has limited the rights of high school student journalists under the First Amendment.
Between refining a policy that prevented student media from contacting administrators and passing a policy that inserted the protection of free speech into the college’s faculty handbook, students and school officials at Ohio University have taken steps to challenge First Amendment restrictions on campus.
A bill modifying the state's Sunshine Act, introduced in response to closed talks between Dickinson School of Law and Penn State University, quickly passed the state senate in June.