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Full court to hear college press case

  • The court granted the state’s request to review a panel’s finding that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hazelwood decision allowing school administrators to review high school publications cannot be applied to college and university media.

June 30, 2003 — The full U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (7th Cir.) agreed June 25 to rehear a panel’s decision that barred censorship at the student newspaper at Governors State University.

The request for rehearing was made by Attorney General Lisa Madigan on behalf of the university.

In April, a three-judge panel of the same appellate court said that the constitutional rights of college student journalists cannot be limited by the 1988 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, which allows school administrators to censor high school-sponsored student publications by showing they have a reasonable educational purpose in doing so.

The case was brought by student journalists at the school, which is in University Park, Ill., after Patricia Carter, the university’s dean of student affairs in 2000, ordered a publishing company to refrain from printing The Innovator student newspaper unless she had approved its content.

The state has argued that university administrators were within their rights to exercise control over the student newspaper.

(Hosty v. Carter; Media counsel: Richard M. Goehler, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Cincinnati) JL

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