The Ohio high court had previously opened up police records at private universities, but denied the request for attorney fees or statutory damages.
Ohio Supreme Court rules in favor of student journalist, opening private university police records
In a 4-3 decision, the Court ruled the Otterbein University Police Department can be compelled to produce public records because it employs sworn, state-certified police officers, who have the same arresting authority as municipal police or a county sheriff.
Ohio Supreme Court denies motion to dismiss private university police records suit
The state’s highest court denied the private university’s motion to dismiss the case, which was filed in February 2014 after the university police department denied Anna Schiffbauer’s public records request for 47 individuals’ criminal reports.