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Baylor student court smacked down by its own department for newspaper ‘gag order’

Baylor University’s administration apparently doesn’t like student government bodies claiming wide-ranging authority invented out of whole cloth.

The student judicial board on Tuesday nullified a ludicrously broad “no-contact” order against the student newspaper, The Lariat, which would have tried to stop student reporters from even contacting sources in a student court case, the Student Press Law Center reported.

That followed word that the student activities department, which oversees the judicial board, had met with Lariat editors and was issuing a statement clarifying the board only has “the authority to recommend disciplinary actions for participants in matters before the court” – not non-parties such as reporters.

The media blog Romenesko noted that even the “null and void” order was botched – it’s dated “Spring Term, 2013.”

Not that anyone was actually afraid of this deeply confused student government body:

“It was kind of an affirmation of what we already knew,” said Linda Wilkins, editor in chief ofThe Baylor Lariat, who received the nullified order Tuesday evening. “It was just kind of ‘OK, the student court understands too where we’re coming from.’”


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