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Student journalists in Wisconsin are asking the state attorney general to clarify whether university student government organizations are subject to the state's sunshine laws.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Jonathan Anderson, former Editor-in-Chief of the UWM
Post at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the 2009 winner of the
"College Press Freedom Award" for his tireless advocacy in pressing
for greater access to public records from the university and its student
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Editors at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee's UWM Post filed suit today challenging their
college's claim that any document that identifies a student - even
the recording of a student's voice speaking at a public committee meeting
- is a confidential "educational record" that cannot be
released under Wisconsin's public-records law.The Post and its former editor-in-chief, Jonathan
Anderson, filed suit today in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, seeking a
declaration that the records sought by the Post are covered by the
Wisconsin Open Records Law.
The UWM Post at the University of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, was awarded a settlement last week in its public records lawsuit
against the university.
Amid four concurrent investigations into alleged
misconduct in its student government, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Post has decided to sue two former
Student Association leaders for the theft and destruction of approximately 800
A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student is suing the university, alleging it failed to comply with the state’s public records law when it cited inordinately high labor costs and withheld documents relating to a university employee who is also a student.
On one campus, the administration has said in no uncertain terms that students expecting “trigger warnings” shouldn’t hold their breath. On another, a center for inclusivity is pushing a set of language recommendations called “Just Words,”...
On occasion, people in positions of public authority know "just enough law to be dangerous" -- not enough to actually get the answer right, but enough to convince themselves that they have, because the answer has lots of authoritative-sounding words in it.
This is the story of one such occasion.
Recently, the SPLC attorney hotline received what started out as an unremarkable call from a college journalist whose request to a government agency for public records was denied.