Chief justice Cody Coll told the student reporters that they could not photograph or record the court hearing Tuesday because it violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the federal student privacy law. The reporters were also asked to delete all information gathered before their dismissal from the court.
Hours after the student activities department at Baylor University released a statement affirming the institution’s student court did not have the authority to issue “no-contact orders” to students not involved in current proceedings, the judicial board nullified an order it issued to the student newspaper last week.
The order disallows “contact with any member of the Court” regarding a recent student case except for procedural and substantive questions. According to the order, newspaper staffers’ violation “may result in the party being held in contempt of court” and referred to the dean for judicial affairs for further proceedings.