One bill would require state-related universities — institutions that receive taxpayer dollars but get a majority of their funding from private donors — to create online databases disclosing budget, salary and contract information. The other bill would require campus police departments at all universities to comply with the same open records requirements as municipal police departments.
Delaware and Pennsylvania are the only states with open records exemptions for “publicly funded” or “state-related” universities — institutions that receive taxpayer dollars but receive a majority of their funding from private donors. The laws permit UD, Delaware State and four other institutions — University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University and Lincoln University — to limit what information the public has access to.
The Pennsylvania Senate is considering a bill that would require four public universities to disclose more under the state’s public records law.
An appeals court has ruled that documents possessed by the state’s secretary of education in his role as a Pennsylvania State University trustee are records that fall under the state’s public records law.
Legislation that would bring four colleges in Pennsylvania under the same open records laws as other government agencies has stalled as the state legislature’s session nears its close.
Two Centre County judges have overturnedexpungement orders directed at The Daily Collegian at Pennsylvania StateUniversity and The Centre Daily Times that would require them to removeonline content from their archives.
In an attempt to expunge information about criminalcharges relating to five local defendants, two Centre County judges signedorders commanding two newspapers to delete archived stories about thedefendants.
A photographer for the Pennsylvania State University Daily Collegian has been ordered to appear in court Dec. 10 to face misdemeanor charges after covering a riot in downtown University Park, Pa.,* in October.
PENNSYLVANIA -- The editor in chief at Pennsylvania StateUniversity's student paper says a new Interfraternity Council media policy ispreventing reporters from covering major campus events and restricting thepaper's access to about 2,500 fraternity members.
A bill modifying the state's Sunshine Act, introduced in response to closed talks between Dickinson School of Law and Penn State University, quickly passed the state senate in June.