Student government records can’t be withheld from journalists on the grounds of educational privacy, a Florida appeals court has affirmed.
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.
The editors and staff of Knight News at the University of Central Florida were presented Oct. 22 with the annual College Press Freedom Award, in recognition of their extraordinary determination in pursuing disclosure of public records in the face of brutal attacks by their university.
The 9th Judicial Circuit Court for Florida issued an order Thursday granting a student news outlet’s request for unredacted Student Government Association budget records from the University of Central Florida.
The University of Central Florida is asking a court to order a student-run news website, Knight News, to pay the university’s attorneys fees in an open records lawsuit the student media outlet filed against the university.
The Fifth District Court of Appeal withdrew its earlier opinion and decided the trial court had erred when it comes to student government officials' misconduct being protected by FERPA.
KnightNews.com filed an emergency complaint for a temporary injunction to require the University of Central Florida to open the student government Election Commission hearings to the public.
The university is requesting attorney fees after winning a lawsuit filed by its student news site that accused the school of redacting public records and shutting reporters out of student disciplinary hearings.
The University of Central Florida correctly withheld records that were protected by a federal education privacy law, a judge ruled this week in a public records lawsuit brought by student journalists at the university.
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.