Conn. agencies fail access test

CONNECTICUT ' According to a study released in November, only 10 of 68 state agencies complied with public records requests guaranteed by the state Freedom of Information Act.

The study was conducted by 23 Southern Connecticut State University journalism students, who asked for work-attendance records for the highest-paid or top officials at state agencies.

Schools continue Net crackdown

As the Internet becomes more accessible to high school students, a variety of problems are arising regarding the rights of students to access and disseminate information over the Web or via e-mail.

In Pennsylvania, a former Keystone Oaks High School student is continuing his lawsuit against administrators who kicked him off the volleyball team for making derogatory comments in an Internet chat room.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pittsburgh filed an amended complaint on behalf of Jack Flaherty asking for damages and a permanent injunction that would bar the school from punishing students for off-campus speech.

Flaherty, who has since graduated, was cut from the team after he made disparaging comments on an Internet forum for western Pennsylvania volleyball players.

Georgetown amends hearing policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. ' Debbie Shick was given a choice. After her son's death in 1999 following a fight with another student near his Georgetown University campus, school officials told Shick she would have to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing her from telling David's siblings the outcome of the disciplinary hearing against the student she believed was responsible for her son's death.

Fake paper sparks policy review

WASHINGTON, D.C. ' A proposal at Georgetown University would curtail the right of students to publish works anonymously or under a pseudonym.

A committee comprised of four students and four faculty members drafted an addendum to the university's policy on speech and expression, giving the vice president the ability to confiscate anonymous publications.