The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, an administrative agency that enforces open record laws, unanimously decided on Feb. 13 that schools cannot withhold educator misconduct records on the grounds of protecting student privacy. The ruling clarifies that public schools can't withhold an entire employee misconduct document because it contains identifying information about a student —… Continue reading Connecticut schools can’t claim employee misconduct records are FERPA protected, FOI commission rules
“Vexatious” FOIA requesters can be denied records for up to one year under new Connecticut law
House Bill 5175 was signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy on June 7, 2018. Under the law, a public agency can petition the state's Freedom of Information Commission "for relief from a requester that the public agency alleges is a vexatious requester."
Connecticut high court rules that reports of teacher misconduct are open record
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that it is too broad to exempt any evaluatory records of university faculty from disclosure.
Board structure change at U. Connecticut student newspaper creates alumni backlash
The newspaper’s editor said they made the decision after university administrators said The Daily Campus would lose its funding if they kept their previous board structure because a 1940s state law says student organizations that rely on student fees must be entirely student-run.
Bill could increase transparency on U. Connecticut Foundation spending
House Bill 5054 was pre-filed by Rep. Gail Lavielle on Wednesday, and if passed, would require the UConn Foundation to disclose to the public every expenditure they make, the same disclosure requirements as government agencies.
Connecticut high school newspaper adviser removed from position, appeal declined
The superintendent of Shelton High School has denied an appeal from the school's former newspaper adviser, who says she was told she had exhibited “questionable judgment” when she was removed from the position in June.
Quinnipiac University newspaper editors report theft
At least 200 copies of The Quinnipiac Chronicle at Quinnipiac University were stolen and discarded late Wednesday morning. Initially thinking students were simply more interested in the paper, staffers put out 200 additional copies, but half of those vanished within minutes, the paper's business manager said.
CCSU suspends soccer coach, fines athletic department $100K over newspaper theft
Central Connecticut State University sanctioned its athletic department and head men’s soccer coach Tuesday, after the coach dumped copies of the school’s student newspaper.
Public universities can use 'trade secrets' exemption to withhold records, Conn. high court rules
Publicuniversities can withhold records, including lists of season ticket holders, astrade secrets, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Second Circuit rules against student in off-campus blog suit, avoids free speech decision
The2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a student did not have aclearly established First Amendment right to criticize school administrators inan off-campus blog.