Offering early-retirement buyout packages to high-paid senior employees is an increasingly common way for cash-strapped colleges to cut costs. But students trying to cover those buyouts have met with stiff (and legally questionable) resistance to disclosure of who qualifies for the payouts.
Tag: University of Oklahoma
Nontraditional focus: Student newspapers grapple with a shifting demographic
With added responsibilities and differing life experiences, nontraditional students — a growing population — often feel they are not well represented in their student newspaper. When nontraditional students join the newspaper staff, however, they are often able to broaden the organization’s news coverage.
Jack White responds to The Oklahoma Daily's public records request, revealing the performer's pay, demands for guacamole
The Secret’s out: Eight-time Grammy winner Jack White demands his guacamole chunky and he hates fluorescent lighting.
Second Oklahoma university agrees to release campus parking ticket records
Officials at Oklahoma State University announced they will release the names of students who receive parking tickets on campus, one day after the University of Oklahoma’s president said it would release the citations.
U. of Oklahoma president orders release of parking ticket records after student paper joins editor’s suit
The University of Oklahoma’s president announced Wednesday the institution will release parking ticket records, reversing course after OU administrators and lawyers maintained for more than a year that the citations were exempt from disclosure under the federal student privacy law.
University of Oklahoma parking tickets lawsuit moved to federal court
A journalist at the University of Oklahoma’s student newspaper who sued his school seeking access to parking ticket records says he will challenge the school’s attempt to move the case to federal court.
University of Oklahoma student journalist sues for access to parking tickets
A University of Oklahoma student is suing for access to parking ticket records the school says are protected by a federal education privacy law.
TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: Journalists requesting public records from colleges are being treated like dogs. This Sunshine Week, it’s time to unleash some shame.
A federal privacy law meant to safeguard student grades, transcripts and disciplinary files continues being misapplied to obstruct public accountability, even where no legitimate privacy interests are at stake.Exhibit A is the University of Oklahoma's stubborn insistence that parking tickets are "confidential education records" under FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Reporters denied access to Okla. regents meetings
TheUniversity of Oklahoma Board of Regents has barred reporters from itssubcommittee meetings, raising questions about its compliance withopen-meetings laws.
Okla. university settles lawsuit over funding for Christian paper
Ricky Thomas and James Wickett were denied funding for The Beacon OU, their newspaper that provides ''news from or with a Christian perspective,'' because a school policy prohibited the use of student fees for ''religious services.'' The students claim the policy was enforced when the student government, which allocates student fees, considered their request for funding.