ERIC Number: ED243100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Student Press Freedoms: Rights and Responsibilities.
First Amendment court decisions have generally been consistent in affirming the rights of students against administrative censorship. Despite these decisions, a review of scholastic and collegiate journals indicates that the constitutional rights of students and their journalism advisers or instructors are clearly and frequently being violated. Educational officials often mandate that material submitted by students for newspapers or other media for student expression must be subject to prior review. At the heart of the conflict are administration fears that student expression may not reflect positively upon the school and that the school may be held liable in litigation over libel or slander. In spite of several books and reports on the subject, confusion about student press law prevails. Although guidelines such as editorial policy or codes of ethics are not necessarily a safeguard for either students or administrators, the National Council of College Publications Advisers recommends that at least some guidelines be in effect at institutions so that students, faculty, and administrators may have common ground on which to base discussions of freedom of expression and the First Amendment. (Examples of cases involving First Amendment litigation and a quiz on student press rights are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: First Amendment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).