UCF's fight to conceal fraternity wrongdoing grows lonelier with enactment of South Carolina disclosure law

Even by higher-education standards, the University of Central Florida is obsessively secretive, even with information that might help its students protect their own safety. 

UCF and its combative lawyers habitually resist disclosure of records that readily would be made public anywhere else, insisting that their interpretation of federal privacy law — an interpretation shared by almost no one else — is the only correct one, and that the rest of the country must be wrong.

The university’s continuing battle to conceal wrongdoing by fraternities and sororities became even more legally farfetched when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a disclosure law, the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act, requiring state colleges to post XX.

(3)    The report of actual findings of violations must contain:

(a)    the name of the organization;

(b)    when the organization was charged with misconduct;

(c)    the dates on which the citation was issued or the event occurred;

(d)    the date the investigation was initiated;

(e)    a general description of the incident, the charges, findings, and sanctions placed on the organization; and

(f)    the date on which matter was resolved.