FERPA and student records in Wisconsin

Here in Madison, a student newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin because the UW redacted student information from a records request.

The records from which student information, including names, was heavily redacted concerned decisions made by the group at the university that doles out rooms and other benefits to student-led clubs.

In its lawsuit, the newspaper notes that what it had asked for minutes of some meetings they missed. If they had gone to the meetings, which were public, they would have had the information. So, in their view, the University is engaging in redaction of clearly public information.

We’re building a list of Wisconsin sunshine lawsuits here, for those of you interested in the legal details.

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