Private university police records more open under new law
Posted June 13, 2013
Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Wednesday a measure that opens the records of campus police that serve private or nonprofit universities.
The law reverses a 2011 ruling by the state Supreme Court that exempted private universities from public records law.
The legislation and the court case originated when an Elon University student journalist, Nick Ochsner, sued to see complete arrest reports from Elon Campus Police.
The law details what specific information campus police departments must make available upon request, including:
- the time, date and location of crimes reported to campus police
- the name, sex, age and address of anyone arrested or charged by campus police
- the written transcript or altered audio version of emergency calls made to campus police.
The change is effective immediately.