First Amendment advocates say a recent California Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal from a former Occidental College radio host has left a gaping hole in California’s Leonard Law, which affords freedom of expression protection to private college students.
In September, a federal court ruled the that Saginaw School District in Michigan had violated the First Amendment rights of Hadley Elementary School student Joel Curry when the school did not allow him to hand out an ornament with a religious message attached.
School asks student journalists to sign confidentiality agreementOKLAHOMA -- In what a school official has called a ''breakdown of communication,'' student journalists were told July 20 that they would not receive their paychecks if they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement that prohibited the disclosure of certain university information.Copies of the agreement were sent to the office of The Daily O'Collegian, the student newspaper at Oklahoma State University.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a group that advocates students' free expression rights, filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 31 against Troy University for a speech code FIRE's President David French called "incompatible with a free society."
A story on page 8 of the Spring 1998 issue of the SPLC Reportnrelated the story of Midwestern State University newspaper editornJason Lawrence, who was verbally threatened by an athlete at thenschool after the newspaper published a cartoon critical of thenteam's performance.