Indiana Lawmaker to Push for Transparency from Private College Police

Following a failed lawsuit against Notre Dame, an Indiana lawmaker is pledging to make private police records more open to the public.
Published: May 5, 2015

A lawmaker in Indiana says he will introduce legislation that would make the records of private college police departments public information following a recent Notre Dame lawsuit.

Indiana Representative Patrick Bauer, who attended Notre Dame, says he is upset with the way the school has handled sexual assault cases. Bauer says he will initiate a discussion of the issue in the association Independent Colleges Indiana, where he sits on the Board of Directors, according to courierpress.com.

A lawsuit was filed in January by ESPN against Notre Dame in which the sports network argued any police department with the power to arrest should be subject to public scrutiny. A superior court judge ruled last month that Notre Dame didn’t have to make its police records public, but the judge expressed discomfort with the idea that a party can exercise police powers without giving the public access to its records.

If ESPN appeals the ruling it might make it harder for Bauer to pass a bill because lawmakers are hesitant to pass laws when they are being debated in court.

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