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KnightNews.com filed an emergency complaint for a temporary injunction to require the University of Central Florida to open the student government Election Commission hearings to the public.
The University of Central Florida is asking a court to order a student-run news website, Knight News, to pay the university’s attorneys fees in an open records lawsuit the student media outlet filed against the university.
The 9th Judicial Circuit Court for Florida issued an order Thursday granting a student news outlet’s request for unredacted Student Government Association budget records from the University of Central Florida.
In Kentucky and Florida, two universities seem to be exhausting all options to keep public records from their student papers – including suing their students.
The editors and staff of Knight News at the University of Central Florida were presented Oct. 22 with the annual College Press Freedom Award, in recognition of their extraordinary determination in pursuing disclosure of public records in the face of brutal attacks by their university.
The SPLC and five open-government advocacy groups weighed in behind student journalists with Orlando-based Knight News in the University of Central Florida's appeal of a court order declaring student government expense reports to be public records.
Student government records can’t be withheld from journalists on the grounds of educational privacy, a Florida appeals court has affirmed.
The university is requesting attorney fees after winning a lawsuit filed by its student news site that accused the school of redacting public records and shutting reporters out of student disciplinary hearings.