Montana Supreme Court rules against John Krakauer in FERPA open records lawsuit

The Montana Supreme Court has rejected the public release of disciplinary records related to a former University of Montana quarterback who had been accused of rape, ruling that the records of college students are entitled to stringent privacy protection. Read more

Investigative news agency filing public records lawsuit against University of Louisville Foundation

Kentucky’s two largest public universities are rivals in academics and athletics, but seem in recent weeks to have found common ground in an unlikely area: legal action surrounding their adherence to public-records laws. Read more

Big League – little speech

They announced the boycott through Twitter, vowing not to participate in any football activities until embattled Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned over perceived inaction toward an inhospitable racial climate. Read more

College Media Association censures private Catholic university for hobbling student newspaper

Saint Peter’s University, a private Jesuit institution in Jersey City, is facing censure by the College Media Association for violating its student journalists’ rights by shuttering the newspaper. Read more

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em

In Kentucky and Florida, two universities seem to be exhausting all options to keep public records from their student papers – including suing their students. Read more

Attorney General of Kentucky files complaint against University of Kentucky in open records case

Kentucky’s attorney general says the commonwealth’s flagship university is willingly violating the law by refusing to hand over documents for the attorney general’s review. Read more

Universities are taking divergent approaches to handling campus speech, safe spaces, and trigger warnings

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,”...  Read more

University of Kentucky sues student newspaper over withheld investigation records

The University of Kentucky filed a suit against its student newspaper Wednesday to appeal the state attorney general’s opinion that found the university had violated the state’s Open Records Act. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: SPLC brief supports opening Michigan Regents meetings

In a brief filed Wednesday, the Student Press Law Center and leading news-media organizations ask the Michigan Supreme Court to take on a case challenging the legality of secret “pre-meeting meetings” where trustees of Michigan universities discuss public business behind closed doors. Read more

University of Washington sued over secretive selection of new president

The Washington Coalition for Open Government is taking the University of Washington to task, legally, for the circumstances surrounding their most recent presidential search. Read more

UPDATE: Florida trial court rules UCF must turn over records to student news outlet

The 9th Judicial Circuit Court for Florida issued an order Thursday granting a student news outlet’s request for unredacted Student Government Association budget records from the University of Central Florida. Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Investigative reporting award recognizes college journalists' probe of Texas A&M foundation investments

The Battalion was recognized for its three-part investigative series into the human-rights records of companies in which Texas A&M's nonprofit charitable foundation invested donor contributions.  Read more

NEWS RELEASE: Association of newsroom editors calls on states to enact laws protecting student journalism

The American Society of News Editors, comprised of newsroom leaders across America, is the latest to join a growing consensus of professional journalism organizations calling for an end to legalized censorship of student journalism, adding momentum to the growing national "New Voices" reform movement. Read more

Ohio Supreme Court rules against school district in FERPA records lawsuit

A public school district cannot rely on the FERPA privacy statute to selectively withhold basic demographic information about students from certain unwanted requesters, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. Read more

Student newspaper at the University of Central Florida closes after 48 years

The Future is no more. The University of Central Florida is losing its 48-year-old student newspaper, the Central Florida Future, as of today. Read more

Illinois governor signs landmark measure protecting high school journalists against censorship

Illinois becomes the tenth state with a statute protecting the independence of student journalists, joining a growing nationwide movement that began with passage of the New Voices of North Dakota Act in 2015. Read more

Wayne State College dismisses two faculty from adviser positions

Two faculty advisers in the media department at Wayne State College have been removed from their positions. Read more

UPDATE: UCF files request for financial sanctions against student media in open records lawsuit

The University of Central Florida is asking a court to order a student-run news website, Knight News, to pay the university’s attorneys fees in an open records lawsuit the student media outlet filed against the university. Read more

Parent files U.S. Supreme Court petition challenging FERPA protection of security footage

A petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether security videos should be classified as educational records under federal law. Read more

Illinois state appellate court rules high school association not subject to FOIA

An Illinois appellate court has affirmed a circuit court ruling that the Illinois High School Association, which oversees public high school athletics, is exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests. Read more