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The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2016

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.17.2017 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This past year will be remembered as the year that freedom of speech (or the lack thereof) on U.S. campuses became international news.

Why a High School Principal Gave Student Journalists More Editorial Control, After a Year of Prior Review

Student Press Law Center | Posted 08.27.2016 | Media
Student Press Law Center

Student journalists at East Lansing High School will now have editorial control of the school newspaper, Portrait, after last year's policy of prior administrative review that students said led to censorship.

Former Student Who Was Suspended for Posting Violent Rap Song Online Loses His Appeal to the Fifth Circuit

Student Press Law Center | Posted 08.21.2016 | Education
Student Press Law Center

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of a Mississippi school district in a First Amendment case where a former high school student was punished for posting online a profanity-filled rap about two school coaches.

How the Lyrics of Two Violent Rap Songs Could Redefine Your Online Free Speech Protections

Student Press Law Center | Posted 08.11.2016 | College
Student Press Law Center

Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man in the midst of losing his job and his wife, turned to Facebook to write violent rap lyrics under the pseudonym Tone Dougie. He was subsequently arrested in December 2010 after his estranged wife and law enforcement found his lyrics were threatening.

Michigan Needs a New Voice: Challenging Censorship in the Wolverine State

Neel Swamy | Posted 07.22.2016 | Education
Neel Swamy

The issue of censorship is one that we as Americans often associate with images of backwards political bodies in third world nations, mass protests dripping with the sweat of revolution and the historical burning of books, magazines and other literary works during the early 20th century.

Ousted Student Newspaper Adviser Cannot Stay in Her Position as She Sues Board of Directors, Judge Rules

Student Press Law Center | Posted 07.17.2016 | College
Student Press Law Center

A federal district court judge has denied Northern Michigan University's ousted newspaper adviser's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to remain as adviser during the legal process of suing five current and former members of the newspaper's Board of Directors.

Iowa Student Journalists Launch Independent Newspaper After Facing Campus Retaliation

Student Press Law Center | Posted 07.06.2016 | College
Student Press Law Center

After facing harassment and intimidation from Muscatine Community College administrators and then filing a federal lawsuit against their college, a small group of student journalists will launch their own independent newspaper, The Spotlight, this week.

Two Kansas Universities Are in Legal Dispute Over Supervising Student Speech Off Campus

Student Press Law Center | Posted 07.04.2016 | College
Student Press Law Center

Kansas State University and the University of Kansas are butting heads over how heavily universities can and should supervise student speech off campus under the guidelines set by Title IX to govern sexual harassment.

Md. Governor Gives OK to Student Social-Media Privacy Law

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.15.2016 | College
Student Press Law Center

Students who attend public or private colleges in Maryland were granted an extra layer of online privacy protections on Tuesday when Gov. Larry Hogan signed a law to shield their private social media accounts from administrators' reach.

Maryland Governor to Consider Student Social Media Privacy Bill

Student Press Law Center | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Student Press Law Center

Three years after Maryland became the first state to protect employees' social media lives from their employers' purview, it could soon become the next state to grant similar protections to students.

North Dakota Close To Expanding Protections For Student Journalists

Student Press Law Center | Posted 04.08.2015 | College

The North Dakota House of Representatives approved legislation on Monday that would protect the free-speech rights of student journalists at public sc...

University Threatens Student Newspaper for Its Report on Facebook Harassment Case

Dan Reimold | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Dan Reimold

Officials at the University of Tulsa sent a chilling message earlier this week to its student journalists: Stop investigating news we don't want you to cover or you will be punished.

Vague Professional Codes Threaten Student Speech Rights

Will Creeley | Posted 03.17.2015 | College
Will Creeley

The stakes for student speech in Keefe and Oyama are high. Like FIRE and other free speech watchdogs, students nationwide should hope that the First Amendment isn't expelled from professional programs at our public universities.

College Disciplinary Boards Impose Slight Penalties For Serious Crimes

Columbus Dispatch | Posted 11.30.2014 | College

The University of Toledo found a student responsible for his role in the stabbing death of his roommate, but he wasn’t expelled from the school or c...

Michigan Student Newspaper 'Decapitates' Athletic Director in Photo Illustration

Dan Reimold | Posted 12.07.2014 | College
Dan Reimold

A conservative student newspaper at the University of Michigan is in the spotlight after publishing a photo illustration that led a UM adjunct professor to bring up ISIS and alert campus police.

And You Thought Censorship in China Was Bad, Look at Scholastic Journalism in America

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 09.03.2013 | Media
Esther Wojcicki

Unfortunately, student press in high schools today is on the decline because schools are now teaching to the test even though we have an explosion of citizen journalism on the web. Shouldn't we be training students how to write for the web and about the ethics of the press?

Tyler Kingkade

UNC 'Intimidation' Case Against Student Alleging Sexual Assault Raises Free Speech Concerns | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.14.2013 | College

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has dropped its case against Landen Gambill, a sophomore student UNC accused of creating an intimidating ...

Florida A&M Student Newspaper Delayed From Publishing, Staff Ordered to Reapply for Positions

Dan Reimold | Posted 03.12.2013 | College
Dan Reimold

Staffers at The Famuan, the student newspaper at Florida A&M University, will not publish their first issue of spring semester early next week as planned. Instead, on administrative orders, editorial operations at the paper have been delayed until the end of the month.

What's Even More Worrying Than Charging Teens for Fake Facebook Profiles

Adam Goldstein | Posted 09.30.2012 | Crime
Adam Goldstein

Earlier this week, the Student Press Law Center covered a story out of Texas involving two young teens being charged for making a fake Facebook profile. Now, we have no idea if the girls are even still in custody, or have had a hearing of any kind.

Judge Rules Ohio College Violating Free Speech Rights

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.16.2012 | College

A federal court told the University of Cincinnati it must rewrite policies restricting protests on campus. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black ruled ...

Third Photo Rejected By Yearbook, Editors Choose For Her

Posted 02.09.2012 | Denver

Durango's controversial high school headliner Sydney Spies submitted a third modeling photo for yearbook approval that was also denied. After turning ...

Did Colo. Principal Who Censored Student Newspaper Plagiarize?

Adam Goldstein | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Adam Goldstein

The only accountability for most administrators is what's written in the press -- and the only press covering those administrators on a daily basis is the student press.

Colo. Principal Nixes Student Newspaper for Knowing Too Much

Adam Goldstein | Posted 05.26.2011 | Education
Adam Goldstein

You don't avoid a civil rights violation by letting civil rights exist before you take them away.

The Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska

David Moshman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Education
David Moshman

Every state should have an academic freedom coalition. It just takes someone to get it going. It could be you.

JMU Newsroom RAID: Police Seize Riot Photographs

Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Following a widespread campus riot last weekend, James Madison University's newspaper, The Breeze, became the subject of intense police scrutiny. Why...