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It is no secret that many colleges and universities are heavily reliant on the financial generosity of alumni, and often even large corporate or institutional interests. While this is not itself necessarily problematic, it can serve as a terrible incentive for administrators to stifle speech that might offend financial supporters or otherwise dissuade them from giving. The... Read more Read more


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On Monday, FIRE and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as amici curiae (“friends of the court”), asking the appeals court to reverse the district court’s erroneous and dangerous decision in the case of Oyama v. University of Hawaii. The brief was prepared by noted First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh... Read more Read more


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University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) independent student newspaper The Sun Star is being subjected to an investigation—again—after a faculty member who complained about the paper’s content appealed two separate findings clearing the newspaper of sexual harassment charges based on its content. Although the university has not formally disciplined the newspaper staff, the months-long and burdensome investigations of clearly... Read more Read more


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As Torch readers and followers of the Student Press Law Center’s (SPLC’s) work know, colleges and universities often cite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) when they refuse to disclose official records, even when those records could be easily redacted in order to protect students’ privacy and disclosed in compliance with FERPA. Last week, a Franklin County,... Read more Read more


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The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reported last week that October’s issues of The Crusader, Seward County Community College’s student newspaper, had disappeared suspiciously quickly off the newsstands. Some members of the SCCC community suspect the issues were stolen in order to keep readers—particularly prospective students—from reading about a recent drug bust on campus. And SPLC’s article includes disturbing statistics... Read more Read more


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The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reported last Wednesday that the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) is denying requests from student newspaper The Oswegonian for information about conduct violations by Greek organizations, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is meant to ensure the privacy of students’ educational records, but colleges and universities often... Read more Read more


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If you are a student at Wright State University—and especially if you are a student journalist—watch out: You might have just been unwittingly enlisted as a member of the university’s public relations corps, tasked with promoting your school’s “mission.” Administrators at the Ohio public university recently threatened to cut funding to its student newspaper, The Guardian,... Read more Read more


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Brad Richardson, editor-in-chief of the Claremont Independent, a Claremont McKenna College student newspaper, wrote last week to urge students to support a partial separation between The Forum, another student publication, and the Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College (ASCMC). Richardson explained why removing The Forum from the direct authority of the ASCMC would be beneficial for the publication and for the Claremont... Read more Read more


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In honor of Free Press Week, FIRE and the Student Press Law Center are teaming up to host a FREE webinar to discuss student press rights on campus next Wednesday, January 30. Attorneys Azhar Majeed from FIRE and Adam Goldstein from SPLC will be on hand to answer questions about the First Amendment rights of... Read more Read more