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A handcuffed bill on college police records in Indiana

The sponsors of House Bill 1022 insist they want private universities in Indiana to be more open with police records. The bill, they say, will create a new and stronger level of transparency. And the universities themselves, who helped craft the bill, have said they want to be more open when it comes to public safety.

The bill comes in the wake of controversies about sexual assault investigations on university campuses, as well as a lawsuit by media giant ESPN on whether police records by the University of Notre Dame should be public.

So would the bill really meet the bar its proponents tout? How much more open will the records of police forces at Indiana’s private universities really be?

In the case of one key player, Notre Dame, the answer apparently is not much more at all. Continue…