On March 2010, Elon University student journalist Nick Ochsner requested records about an on-campus arrest by campus police.
A student journalist at Otterbein University is asking the Ohio Supreme Court for help in the student newspaper’s effort to obtain records from the private university’s police force.
Ohio legislators have introduced a second bill aimed at making public the records of privately employed police officers, whose incident reports, arrest logs and other records have long been kept secret.
Though police officers employed by private colleges and universities in Ohio are authorized to uphold and enforce the law like any other officer, their records are kept under wraps, not subject to public records law. This may change with legislation introduced Tuesday that would make public the records kept by a police department established by either private colleges and universities or qualified nonprofit corporations, like hospitals.
A residence hall at South Dakota State University went on lockdown for about 45 minutes earlier this month, but student journalists say campus police have stymied their attempts to obtain and report any additional details about the incident.
State senators today approved a bill that would make police records on all private college campuses in North Carolina more accessible.
The North Carolina Supreme Court split evenly today in a ruling that leaves unresolved the openness of private college police records.
After a former college journalist’s open records battle reached North Carolina’s highest court earlier this month, some private universities have asked state legislators to pass legislation before the court rules.
The North Carolina Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether private school police records are public under the state’s open records law.
Nine organizations have joined briefs in support of an Elon University alumnus’ efforts to make private school police department records public in North Carolina.