WESTERVILLE, OHIO: A student journalist at a central Ohio college is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order the private school to turn over arrest records and other information.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Anna Schiffbauer, editor of a news website at Otterbein College in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, filed the action Thursday. She contends the college police department is a public office covered by the state’s open-records laws.
Student journalists at the liberal-arts college have battled Otterbein over the release of records since the campus security force became a full-fledged police department of state-certified officers in 2011.
School spokeswoman Jennifer Pearce said that Otterbein is private and exempt from public-records laws. She said federal law requires it to protect certain information about students from release.