Judge releases records in Krakauer case, provides narrow ruling in Montana open records lawsuit

The Montana University System must now release sexual assault records to author Jon Krakauer in a long-standing legal battle, Montana District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Krakauer will have access to the majority of the documents asked for, with names redacted. 

NEWS RELEASE: Student privacy cannot obstruct public access to records of campus sexual-assault cases, SPLC tells N.C. court

UNC-Chapel Hill is misapplying the FERPA student privacy law to withhold public records that could help journalists shed light on the way the university does, or does not, punish students found liable for sexual assault, an SPLC legal brief argues.

Pennsylvania court ruling strengthens journalists' claim of access to emails and other school, college records

Email messages don't qualify as FERPA "education records" unless they're kept in a student's permanent file, a Pennsylvania judge rules, in a commonsense interpretation that may bolster journalists' access to documents routinely miscategorized as federally protected secrets. 

NEWS RELEASE: Six open-government groups support UCF student journalists' suit seeking access to expense-account records

The SPLC and five open-government advocacy groups weighed in behind student journalists with Orlando-based Knight News in the University of Central Florida's appeal of a court order declaring student government expense reports to be public records.