The Norman Transcript


August 27, 2013

Student to re-file lawsuit against university



Stipek’s attorney, Nick Harrison, said that the president’s office enforced the decision to not release certain records that were requested.

“I think it’s kind of splitting hairs. I think government officials should expect to get named in lawsuits if they make certain decisions,” Harrison said, however, they respect the court’s decision to re-file the petition.

“We’ll be back here in 30 days,” Stipek said. “My lawyer believes in me and I believe in my lawyer, and we’re going to win the case because the law is on our side.”

Stipek previously has said the whole case is built on precedence. Judges in North Carolina and Maryland have ruled that the same records are not protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, he said.

Boren has previously said that they are complying with the federal law when they do not turn over information relating to students.

“I personally am sympathetic with releasing all parking ticket information. The university already releases information in regard to myself and other individual officers, faculty and staff of the university,” Boren said. “We are required to comply with federal law, which prohibits us from releasing this information of this kind which relates to students.”

Boren also said if the federal law was changed either by congressional or judicial action, the university would comply with the law.

Stipek said the lawsuit stemmed from other students and OU employees telling him that student government and VIP administrators were receiving special treatment with parking citations, which is why student newspaper employees began requesting the information.

Stipek said he hopes other students will get involved at their schools and question their Open Records laws.

Jessica Bruha


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