AP/ Topeka Capital Journal on JCCC’s Kansas Open Records Act violation – Juco settles suit with former student

Link: http://cjonline.com/news/2011-12-02/juco-settles-suit-former-student#.TuTfemMk6so

Juco settles suit with former student

Posted: December 2, 2011 – 6:53am


By The Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK — Johnson County Community College has settled a lawsuit with a former student who sued after the school asked for $47,000 to meet an open records request.


Marcus Clem and the Student Press Law Center sued the college in October, accusing it of charging excessive fees to produce public documents.


The 21-year-old Clem, of Stilwell, sought seven months of emails between a college employee who had been fired and the employee’s supervisor.


School officials said it would cost $47,000 to compensate for the time and expense of satisfying the request.


This week, the school gave Clem three months of emails. It charged $450, which the law center paid.


Clem, who dropped classes after filing the lawsuit, shared the documents with the college’s student newspaper.