Fox sues Missouri system for campus court info

MISSOURI — In a lawsuit filed in January, a Kansas City televisionstation claims that the University of Missouri system’s board of curatorsand some university administrators are in violation of the state’s SunshineLaw for not providing a reporter with access to information regarding crimesthat occurred on Missouri campuses between 1996 and 1999.

Attorney Jean Maneke, representing WDAF/Fox 4, said the requested recordsare from campus disciplinary hearings dealing with crimes of violence andnonforcible sex offenses, but that the newly released FERPA guidelinesdo not affect the case. She said the university has refused to providethe records because it claims that the school itself is not a governmentalbody, only its board of curators.