A Facial Challenge to FERPA?

Thanks to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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.

In November 2007, the Iowa City Press-Citizen requested records from the University of Iowa about an alleged sexual assault involving two members of the football team that occurred one month earlier. The paper filed a lawsuit in 2008 after five requests under Iowa’s open records law produced only 18 released documents, The Des Moines Register reported.

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