Students and civil rights groups have protested the lack of due process protections in universities’ student conduct process. For journalists, that can leave them vulnerable to frivolous charges from irate sources.
Responding to a public records lawsuit filed earlier this year, the University of Central Florida told a judge this week the school cannot provide student journalists unredacted records relating to Greek fraternities’ disciplinary hearings because the records are protected under a federal education privacy law.
Public colleges in Georgia can close disciplinary hearings, but don’t have to, according to a letter from the state attorney general’s office clarifying whether a new law mandates their closure.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student newspaper's state open meetings law case against the school's closed disciplinary hearings was argued in December.
The student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has filed one of the first cases in history to gain access to student disciplinary hearings.