Open-government advocates defend public’s right of access to campus disciplinary cases involving violent crimes

Editor's Note: The Student Press Law Center signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. This story was originally published by the Brechner Center. Read or download the full brief. Public universities should release records showing how they punish students found liable for committing serious… Continue reading Open-government advocates defend public’s right of access to campus disciplinary cases involving violent crimes

July 2018: Reporting on sexual assault

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Sexual assault is one of the hardest topics to report on, but also one of the most consequential. On this month's podcast, we talk with students and legal experts about how to find and use records to cover this issue. “The System” by Indiana Daily Student: http://bit.ly/2L8ebUf “How universities do, and don't, inform the public… Continue reading July 2018: Reporting on sexual assault

Tune in for our second webinar in the #MeToo series to learn how to use public records to report on campus sexual assault

We're hosting another webinar live on our YouTube channel about reporting on sexual assaults on campus on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. ET. This discussion will be focused on open records. We'll be answering your questions about what kind of records you can look for, where to request them from and what to do if you… Continue reading Tune in for our second webinar in the #MeToo series to learn how to use public records to report on campus sexual assault

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.

FERPA Fib of the Year, 2014 Edition

It’s fitting that the 365-day stink-bomb that was 2014 ended with the U.S. Department of Education wadding up the last remaining shred of its credibility on FERPA and pulling the flusher with both hands.  It was that kind of year.  Like Pavlov’s dogs at suppertime, school and college legal departments reflexively yapped “FERPA” anytime a… Continue reading FERPA Fib of the Year, 2014 Edition

University of Oregon students criticize university for using FERPA to ‘frivolously’ avoid answering questions about sexual assault allegations involving athletes

The front page of today's Daily Emerald is a powerful one:

The issue is a timely one for the University of Oregon student newspaper — this week, it came to light that three basketball players were accused in March of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus party and then later at one of the players' apartments. The university and police learned of the allegations in March, and the Daily Emerald and other media have questioned why the players were allowed to continue playing through the end of the season (their suspensions were announced Monday, the same day the district attorney's office announced it did not plan to charge any of the three players).