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Joyner v. Whiting

(09/02/14 4:06pm)

At North Carolina Central University, a historically black university, student newspaper The Campus Echo published in 1971 front-page content “expressing some considerable dissatisfaction” with the increasing number of white and non-black students at the university.

O'Brien v. Welty

(09/02/14 4:20pm)

Neil O’Brien, a conservative student activist attending California State University-Fresno, was disciplined in September 2011 after he confronted two professors at their offices, with a video camera rolling, asking questions about their involvement in a campus magazine that O’Brien believed to be liberally biased.

State ex rel. The Miami Student v. Miami University

(09/05/14 3:58pm)

In 1996, two reporters at The Miami Student newspaper requested disciplinary records from the University of Miami of Ohio's campus court proceedings, but were denied. The university claimed the records were protected by FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Although The Miami Student reporters did not request the names of students who had been disciplined, the university said that disclosing the records could risk identifying specific students' records. The newspaper argued the records were public under Ohio's public records law.

The News and Observer Publishing Co., et al. v. Baddour

(09/05/14 5:05pm)

The News & Observer, along with seven other North Carolina and national media groups, including The Daily Tar Heel, requested access to records from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after football players were accused of receiving improper benefits from agents. A university tutor was also accused of providing inappropriate assistance on academic assignments and providing illegal benefits for players.

'Publicly funded,' not publicly accountable

(11/24/14 4:26pm)

Delaware and Pennsylvania are the only states with open records exemptions for “publicly funded” or “state-related” universities — institutions that receive taxpayer dollars but receive a majority of their funding from private donors. The laws permit UD, Delaware State and four other institutions — University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University and Lincoln University — to limit what information the public has access to.