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The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Press Freedom & Censorship

Americans have never been more reliant on students to bring them the day's news. We make sure students can fearlessly share ideas and information free from retaliation.

School Transparency

We're shining a spotlight in the dark crevices of campuses where financial mismanagement and safety hazards hide. Citizen engagement starts with open, accountable government.

Civic Participation

Students want a say in education policy, and policymakers need to hear their unique perspective. We help young people use their voices to advocate for social change.

Online Citizenship

The SPLC advocates for sensible, non-punitive responses to online incivility, with curriculum based on the skills, ethics and values of journalism instead of expulsions and arrests.

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Complete this online form to submit a media law question or report censorship to the SPLC.

Open Record Letter Generator

Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Private campus police forces’ records should be public, Indiana Court of Appeals rules — but legislation seeks to supercede ruling

The state appellate court ruled that Notre Dame's police force is a public agency subject to the public records law, but a bill heading to the governor's desk would shield private universities from releasing the same amount of records as public institutions. 

Florida student news website files lawsuit against university for access to student government hearings

KnightNews.com filed an emergency complaint for a temporary injunction to require the University of Central Florida to open the student government Election Commission hearings to the public.

Student government accuses the Daily Evergreen of violating election rules

The Daily Evergreen printed two full-page ads in support of a referendum that asked students to establish a $4 fee that would have supported student media.

Behind closed doors

Public access advocates have pushed back against university governing boards' closed-door meetings, resulting in legal action.

Student press freedom legislation introduced in Minnesota and Michigan

Minnesota and Michigan are the latest states to join the growing New Voices campaign that aims to protect student journalists from administrative censorship.

Storify: Panel discusses the gender disparity of censorship in high school media

Female high school journalists disproportionately bear the burden of censorship in school, according to new research unveiled at a SXSWedu panel this week.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Taking photos and shooting video at protests, demonstrations and crime scenes

College campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods regularly are the scene of mass public gatherings, some celebratory and some enraged, some planned and some spontaneous.

First Amendment and Censorship FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about a student’s right to a free press.

Freedom of Information FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about open records and open meetings.

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