Brandeis University: Student Journalists Cleared of Charges for Reporting on Sexual Assault Awareness Event
After intervention from FIRE, Brandeis University will not punish three student journalists for publishing an article about a campus event, and will reform its conduct code. The article about 2015’s ‘Take Back The Night’ march sparked an almost year-long controversy for student newspaper The Justice, marked by formal disciplinary charges from the university, a threat of legal action from outside attorneys, and demands from students and administrators that coverage of the event be removed from the paper’s website. In March 2016, nearly a year after the article was published, the student journalists were charged with violating Brandeis’ “Electronic Device and Privacy” policy after a complaint was filed alleging that one of the student journalists recorded stories shared by students at the march and published an article containing anonymous quotes from students without first obtaining their consent.
March 31, 2016
By Kaitlin DeWulf at Student Press Law Center MASSACHUSETTS — Despite threats of legal action and formal disciplinary charges over coverage of last year’s “Take Back the Night” march, Brandeis University officials have cleared student journalists of all charges… Read more here.» Read More
March 29, 2016
BOSTON, March 29, 2016—Last night, Brandeis University told three student journalists from The Justice, a student newspaper, that it would not punish them for reporting on a 2015 “Take Back The Night” (TBTN) campus march. The exonerations follow months of controversy marked by formal disciplinary charges from the university, a threat of legal action from outside attorneys, and demands from students and administrators that The Justice’s coverage of the event be removed from the paper’s website. The university also said the policy under which the students were charged would be reviewed. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) wrote […]» Read More