Access delayed – still waiting

An SPLC investigation reveals how Texas' private institutions are using a provision of the state's open records law to delay the release of police reports.

University of Kentucky faculty and Bluegrass SPJ come out swinging in statements to UK President Capilouto

Since the University of Kentucky filed suit against its independent student newspaper last month, university President Eli Capilouto and the school’s administration have faced local and national criticism for making such an unusually aggressive move against their own students.

Public records deflate myths about "profitable" college athletics

Contrary to the image of college sports as a moneymaker, most athletic programs (even championship-caliber powerhouses) rely on student fees and grants from their parent institutions to make ends meet. Recent investigations by The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education have captured the enormity of the growing financial burden that athletics imposes on debt-strapped students. 

Open-government advocates urge Montana court to release athlete disciplinary appeal records to author Krakauer

The best-selling author of Missoula is seeking access to files indicating why the state overturned a campus disciplinary board's findings in a high-profile sexual assault case involving a University of Montana athlete. But the state argues that granting Jon Krakauer's request will put the state in violation of federal privacy laws and place $263 million in federal funding at risk.

UCLA law prof: Colleges are increasingly uncooperative with requests for public records about admissions practices

A brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court reflects exasperation with colleges' unwillingness to honor legal researchers' requests for public records. As one law professor tells The Chronicle of Higher Education, "We find in our surveys substantially more stonewalling over the past two years" when state universities are asked to produce documents about their admissions standards.