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FERPA defense play: Universities often cite the federal student privacy law to shield athletic scandals

(03/31/15 11:14am)

At the University of Oregon, Vanderbilt University and the University of Montana, FERPA was cited to withhold records and information related to sexual assault allegations. FERPA was even cited at Florida State University to withhold records about Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been accused of sexual assault in December 2012.




Federal "harassment" agreement with University of Montana exposes journalists to risk of discipline for writing about sex

(05/14/13 5:00pm)

New federal guidance about what constitutes sexually harassing speech on college campuses appear to expand the definition of "harassment" to include harmless references to sexual topics, even those in student media. Two federal agencies, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, announced a settlement last week in their investigation of the University of Montana-Missoula, which was accused of responding lackadaisically to campus sexual assaults.




Open-government advocates urge Montana court to release athlete disciplinary appeal records to author Krakauer

(11/29/15 2:38pm)

The best-selling author of Missoula is seeking access to files indicating why the state overturned a campus disciplinary board's findings in a high-profile sexual assault case involving a University of Montana athlete. But the state argues that granting Jon Krakauer's request will put the state in violation of federal privacy laws and place $263 million in federal funding at risk.