UVU students win records fight over campus police reports

October 11, 2019 GMT

OREM, Utah (AP) — A state records committee has ruled that Utah Valley University Police can no longer charge student reporters for incident reports.

The Daily Herald report s the committee unanimously voted Thursday in favor of making the incident reports free to UVU student journalists.

Police used to provide the documents to student reporters for free but begun charging them $5 per report in 2017.

The Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists helped students at the UVU Review, the campus newspaper, challenge the move.

Chapter President Eric Peterson said the decision will help students keep the public safe and informed. He said campus police shouldn’t “price reporters out of doing their jobs.”

UVU spokesman Scott Trotter said the school respected the committee’s decision and would abide by it.