Lawmakers in Virginia mothballed a bill Wednesday aimed at closing a public records law exemption that allows university presidents to withhold their work emails and notes.
The bill would require the departments to report incidents of sexual assault to the local Commonwealth attorney within 48 hours of receiving the report, providing another avenue to access information about reported incidents.
The bill would require parents to approve any surveys asking students to provide “sexual information,” mental health information, medical information, student health risk information, information about drug use and other topics the school board deems “sensitive.”
While he acknowledged the public has the right to access court proceedings and records, Judge Jay Swett determined the public’s access to the document would create substantial prejudice to the defendant’s fair trial rights.
Following outcry that it stifles public debate, the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia is scrapping their first draft of a code of ethics policy that would have forbidden members from publicly disagreeing with board decisions.
At the request of universities in the state, Virginia legislators have introduced legislation that would create freedom of information act exemptions for certain higher education records.
A student’s column criticizing sexuality-based bullying was deemed inappropriate for her high school’s student newspaper by the principal, editors say.
A federal appeals court ruled that Wednesday that Virginia’s ban on alcohol ads in student newspapers was unconstitutional, bringing an end to a lawsuit filed seven years ago.
Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McBurney v. Young, a case involving out-of-state public records requests.
A federal judge upheld a Virginia ban on advertisements for alcohol in college papers last week, finding that the government’s goal in fighting underage drinking outweighs newspapers’ First Amendment right to publish alcohol advertising.