Source:2199Paula Lavigne, Frank LoMonte, Aaron Wische, Jill Riepenhoff
Affiliation:ESPN, Student Press Law Center, KPRC-TV, The Columbus Dispatch
Like the campuses themselves, colleges’ police departments, whether public or private, exist in a world of secrecy. Ohio and Texas are but a few states that have forced private universities to open records to the public. Even so, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pry loose records about sexual assaults and other serious crimes on campus. Police are slow to alert students about serious crimes – and often ignore those that happen off campus, where the majority of students live. And they’re even more reluctant to release information about excessive use of force by campus police. But there are ways to work around these roadblocks.