My question involves education law in the State of: Tennessee, but this is a federal issue.
For example, say a student newspaper (funded half by student funds, half by advertising) received in the mail what was allegedly an athlete's transcripts. The transcripts show he is, in fact, ineligible for the NCAA and should not be playing due to his .8 GPA, but no mention of this has been made before. If the newspaper were to publish a story revealing this information, would those involved or the university be held liable in court if the athlete chooses to sue for invasion of privacy or libel?
Additionally, would the student paper's actions result in loss of federal funding for the university for violating the Buckley Amendment (FERPA)? Is the university even to blame?
While I'm at it, it being a student newspaper, does the university have any right to prior restraint? I would assume the same laws apply, but university's have a lot of their own little rules.
Any cases you may know of that have involved a similar situation would be greatly appreciated.