05/20/2013 04:37 pm ET

College Media Often Feel The Associated Press' Pain | USA Today

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When the Justice Department secretly seized phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, the AP got a taste of what many college journalists face from university administrators daily — contempt of the law.

Student newspapers often deal with many questionable — and sometimes downright illegal — actions from administrators who shut down operations over an explicit sex issue, campus safety officers who refuse to provide any criminal records (including of a sexually violent nature), student government associations that cut print funding in retaliation and colleges that avoid open-record laws to conduct presidential searches in secrecy.

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