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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.
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.
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.
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.
An Oregon State University student-media adviser has resigned her job after a months-long dispute with university lawyers over public records.
The University of California Los Angeles has adopted a “set of guiding principles” seeking to protect most faculty “scholarly communications” from disclosure under the state’s public records law.
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.
At the request of universities in the state, Virginia legislators have introduced legislation that would create freedom of information act exemptions for certain higher education records.
A Florida bill that would limit public access to records related to searches for presidents, provosts and deans at public universities was approved by a House committee earlier this month.
Ohio legislators have introduced a second bill aimed at making public the records of privately employed police officers, whose incident reports, arrest logs and other records have long been kept secret.
A student journalist at Otterbein University is asking the Ohio Supreme Court for help in the student newspaper’s effort to obtain records from the private university’s police force.
A bill that would require the South Dakota High School Activities Association comply with open meetings and public records laws to has passed the state Senate and is now in the hands of the House.
A Colorado school district employee instructed staff to destroy public records “to protect against” open-records requests from a special-education student’s parents, according to emails obtained by the boy’s father.
The Daily Tar Heel, backed by several other local media organizations, is fighting to unseal search warrants and other records in a 2012 student death case.
The media organizations looking to unseal records in a Chapel Hill homicide case are still waiting for a judge’s ruling on the issue, but a hearing Wednesday did shed some additional light on the investigation.
What is freedom of information law?
In America, the government belongs to the people.
The following states have enacted laws or issued court opinions that provide some indication regarding the availability of information related to searches for top-level executives at public schools or universities.
When school boards and university boards of trustees conduct executive searches, journalists often find themselves locked out.
Whether university foundations are extensions of public colleges and universities — and therefore subject to state open record laws — or more similar to private, non-profit corporations (which are not subject to these laws) is a hotly contested issue.
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in December that records kept by a state university on animal research are exempt from the state's public records act. Dr. Scott Robinson was denied information on an Indiana University animal research project.