Judge denies media's request to film and photograph Monday's hearing of Colorado shooting suspect

Raymond Baldino | Secret Courts | News | July 27, 2012
July 27, 2012

A Colorado judge denied the media's request to film and photograph Monday's hearing of the man accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 people at an Aurora movie theater last week.

Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester has ordered that no cameras or audio recording be allowed at James Holmes' July 30 hearing where charges are expected to be filed against him. The order is part of a broader trend of restrictions issued by Sylvester limiting press coverage in the Colorado shooting.

University of Iowa sexual assault records to remain private

Emily Miller | Freedom of Information | News | July 16, 2012
July 16, 2012

Documents related to the 2007 sexual assault arrests of two University of Iowa football players will remain private, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision Friday.

Court denies ESPN access to NCAA investigation records under FERPA

Emily Miller | Freedom of Information | News | June 19, 2012
June 19, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court denied ESPN, Inc. access to certain records relating to the NCAA's investigation of Ohio State University football players who allegedly traded sports memorabilia for tattoos. The court's ruling, released today, cited a federal act that withholds funds to public schools that release educational records in denying ESPN's request.

Federal appeals court dismisses Chicago Tribune's open records suit against Univ. of Ill.

You-Jin Han | Freedom of Information | News | May 24, 2012
May 24, 2012

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (7th Cir.) today ordered the dismissal of an open records-related lawsuit filed by the Chicago Tribune against the University of Illinois, ruling that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

University should not hide behind student privacy to withhold secret admissions records, Reporters Committee argues

Press Release | August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011

Records related to a secret admission process at the University of Illinois that favored applicants with ties to large donors and the politically connected cannot be considered confidential student education records exempt from public release, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (7th Cir.) by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Federal privacy act doesn't bar release of admission records

Rachel Costello | Freedom of Information | Feature | March 11, 2011
March 11, 2011

A federal judge ruled this week that the U.S. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act does not bar the University of Illinois from releasing to the Chicago Tribune admission records of applicants who appeared on a list of well-connected students.

Court considers whether FERPA overrides records law

Rosemary Lane | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 19, 2010
October 19, 2010

The Iowa Supreme Court will weigh whether a federal student privacy law should override a state open records law, after the court heard oral arguments Oct. 15 over a university's withholding of documents in a sexual assault case.

Univ. of Wisconsin pays student paper to settle records dispute

Nadia Tamez-Robledo | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | February 16, 2010
February 16, 2010

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has agreed to settle an open records lawsuit by providing previously redacted information and paying $11,765 in legal fees to its student newspaper, The UWM Post reported.

After college secrecy inquiry, other newspapers also seek answers

Lucas Tanglen | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | June 8, 2009
June 8, 2009

College sports programs across the country are facing media scrutiny after a Columbus Dispatch report last month revealed inconsistent interpretations of the secrecy provisions in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).