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Public records key to Ohio high school newspaper's scoop in story about on-campus sexual assault

(10/16/13 3:48pm)

When two high school students walked into their local police station and asked to see a public record, they were given what one of them called “the runaround.” But they stuck it through 'til the end, and that end was a scoop that later ended up on TV and radio stations across Cleveland.



University of Central Florida: Fraternity discipline records protected by FERPA

(11/06/13 1:36pm)

Responding to a public records lawsuit filed earlier this year, the University of Central Florida told a judge this week the school cannot provide student journalists unredacted records relating to Greek fraternities’ disciplinary hearings because the records are protected under a federal education privacy law.


SUNY Oswego denies student newspaper's request for fraternity disciplinary records, citing FERPA

(11/13/13 4:36pm)

NEW YORK — The State University of New York at Oswego refused to release records about discipline against Greek houses to The Oswegonian last week, saying the records could have revealed private information. The school cited FERPA, a federal law designed to protect educational records.




Michigan high school graduate asks court to reconsider after judge says names of expelled students aren't public records

(01/16/14 2:04pm)

A recent graduate is contesting a judge’s recent decision to side with a Michigan school district in a lawsuit over a former student’s request for the names of expelled students, arguing that the school is hiding behind FERPA, a federal student privacy law.




Ohio considering legislation to make some private school police subject to public records laws

(01/24/14 3:20pm)

Though police officers employed by private colleges and universities in Ohio are authorized to uphold and enforce the law like any other officer, their records are kept under wraps, not subject to public records law. This may change with legislation introduced Tuesday that would make public the records kept by a police department established by either private colleges and universities or qualified nonprofit corporations, like hospitals.