Public universities

Va. high court clarifies FOIA exemption, redaction fee issues in case over climate change controversy

Emily Grannis | Freedom of Information | News | April 17, 2014
April 17, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this morning that the University of Virginia does not have to release certain emails sent to and from a former professor.

The American Tradition Institute (now the Energry and Environmental Legal Institute) requested emails under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act from Michael Mann, a climate scientist and then-professor at UVA, in 2011. He intervened in the case at the trial level, alleging that the university was not sufficiently representing his privacy and academic freedom rights in a controversy surrounding climate change research.

Colo. judge upholds majority of sealing and gag orders in Aurora movie theater shooting case

Amanda Simmons | Secret Courts | News | August 14, 2012
August 14, 2012

The judge presiding over the fatal Colorado movie theater shooting case granted the release of about three dozen relevant court documents on Monday, but kept many of the records under seal.

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.

N.J. high court denies access to public law school clinic's legal records

Emily Miller | Freedom of Information | News | July 6, 2012
July 6, 2012

The New Jersey high court ruled Thursday that case records handled at public law school clinics are not considered public records because in dealing with private clients, the clinics do not conduct "official government business" and releasing the records may discourage people from seeking the clinics’ services.

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.

University lodges appeal to keep foundation records private

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Feature | July 16, 2010
July 16, 2010

A Pennsylvania state university and its nonprofit fundraising foundation have asked the state’s high court to hear an appeal in a case over whether the foundation, which is staffed by public employees, is subject to state public records laws.

State university officials endorsed secrecy of Palin's speaking fee

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | May 12, 2010
May 12, 2010

E-mail messages made public this week by a state lawmaker show top California State University officials agreed to keep secret the speaking fee it intended to pay former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, California Watch reported.

The e-mail messages were released this week to Californians Aware, a First Amendment organization that has sued university's Stanislaus campus in order to gain access to its contract with Palin.

NCAA releases documents in Florida State case

Brooke Ericson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 28, 2009
October 28, 2009

The NCAA today released Florida State University disciplinary records to comply with a court order after the Florida Supreme Court rejected its last-ditch effort to block their release.

NCAA gives ground in Florida records dispute

Lucas Tanglen | Freedom of Information | Feature | June 16, 2009
June 16, 2009

In response to a lawsuit alleging that it was violating Florida's open record law, the National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed Tuesday to let Florida State University transcribe, redact and release a document regarding sanctions in an academic scandal, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

New rule would expand confidentiality in school records

Kathleen Cullinan | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 15, 2008
December 15, 2008

The Student Press Law Center is calling attention to a rule the Department of Education published last week, under which a school would have to deny a records request even for redacted documents if it expects the requester "knows, or can figure out, the students to whom the document pertains."