Fox sues Missouri system for campus court info

MISSOURI -- In a lawsuit filed in January, a Kansas City television station claims that the University of Missouri system's board of curators and some university administrators are in violation of the state's Sunshine Law for not providing a reporter with access to information regarding crimes that occurred on Missouri campuses between 1996 and 1999.

Attorney Jean Maneke, representing WDAF/Fox 4, said the requested records are from campus disciplinary hearings dealing with crimes of violence and nonforcible sex offenses, but that the newly released FERPA guidelines do not affect the case. She said the university has refused to provide the records because it claims that the school itself is not a governmental body, only its board of curators.

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