A law professor, in the link below, proclaims Ohio as “national champions” in perfecting the (mis)use of laws about student privacy to protect its own public image. While more qualified people than me can judge the merits of the professor’s legal arguments, the paper should interest many people here. To me, it provides a damning portrayal of hypocrisy, self-serving interpretations, attempts to conceal events from the public, twisting student privacy concepts, as well as caring more for misbehaving coaches than student athletes.
Eg claiming that student privacy precludes the release of information about the Clarret academic cheating scandal while at the same time violating the privacy of students making the accusations—for instance, “lambasting” the teaching assistant who made the allegations—saying she was “mentally and psychologically unstable”.
-self serving legal interpretations and attempts to conceal information from the public
eg selectively releasing information about student athletes’s accomplishments, while prohibiting the release of information that could harm the school, such as student parking ticket records--which are public at many other schools. Thus, the public and the media, which often drives investigations, can never know about NCAA violations that have previously been “exposed by simple parking tickets”
-twisting the concept of student privacy to serve their own agenda
Eg dubiously classifying as “education records” emails about the trading of sports memorabilia for tattoos and marijuana”. If these were “education records,” they would reveal a much clearer violation of student privacy---sending “education records” from the football coach (Tressel) to someone not affiliated with the university (Sarniak).”
-caring more for misbehaving coaches than student athletes.
Eg Ohio St quickly disassociated itself from Terrelle Pryor.”yet it ”reassociated itself with former Coach Tressel, allowing him to retire rather than resign.” (thereby forgiving a $250,000 fine, giving him $52,000 pay with 250 hours of unpaid vacation and sick time as well as insurance).
“It’s hard to believe.. that Ohio state cares about its student athletes when it continues to reward the misbehavior of its coach while simultaneously dissociating itself from the coach’s athlete.”
"Schools like Ohio State seemingly care less about their athletes than they do their own legacies."