When Illinois Governor Blagojevich signed the College Campus Press Act last Friday, the state finally closed the book on a deplorable chapter that threatened student journalism at colleges throughout the country.
Turn back the clock to 2001 when Patricia Carter, Dean of Student Affairs at
When the U.S. Supreme Court refused to revisit the case on appeal, college students at state institutions in
Such intrusion upon press freedom at the college level is simply unprecedented, and several states responded to a threat that transcended the
The College Campus Press Act prohibits public officials and administrators at state-funded institutions of higher learning from reviewing and censoring the content of student newspapers prior to publication. Violations of this act may result in civil action with monetary compensation awarded. Media advisers are protected from arbitrary firings should they refuse to suppress student journalists. College reporters are still liable for content deemed obscene or inciting violence, and institutions may not be sued for content created by student journalists.
In the end, Margaret Hosty and her peers found vindication in the