The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission decided Wednesday that Yale University PoliceDepartment records are subject to state Freedom of Information Act requests.
An attorney's frustrating quest to obtain documents needed to defend her client has highlighted the difficulty that many across the nation experience in accessing police records at private universities and colleges.
Academia represents a special subset of society where, for a short time, collegians are allowed to flourish in knowledge, free expression and self-discovery, relatively free from "real world" worries and stresses. The idealistic promises of college, however, have been marred in recent years with spurts of violence.
Three states have passed significant pieces of legislation this semester affecting public access to government information. Some of these bills have increased access to information for high school and college journalists while others have decreased it.
High school students and administrators often have very different ideas about what kind of language is appropriate. On school grounds administrators usually have the last word, but questions are being raised when the speech occurs off campus and not on school time.
It is not unusual to hear stories about administrators in higher education censoring student media; what is strange is when the students ask officials to censor content.
The student newspaper at Wichita State Universitywill not receive funds until a student government-commissioned task forcecompletes a review of the publication.
A student at Michigan State University is askingthe Department of Education to investigate his claim that the universityviolated his privacy rights by releasing investigative records concerning hisstudent organization.
Campus safety has become an important concern in the wake of high-profile school shootings, abductions and murders of young collegians across the nation.
A bill that would allow easier access to policeincident reports is awaiting a state Senate vote and is expected to pass thissession.