MU police: Racist fliers posted in residence hall weren't criminal

Monday, February 6, 2012 | 6:34 p.m. CST; updated 6:36 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — There was no crime committed by MU students who posted racist fliers in a residence hall last week, MU police determined.

The students' identities have been confirmed, and consequences will be determined in a hearing of the Judicial Peer Advisory Council.


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Since the students were not arrested and the case will not be heard in a public court, court records that would normally be considered public documents are unavailable.

University records containing the students' identities, the messages contained in the fliers, the specific residence hall and the advisory council's decision are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, more commonly known as FERPA, and cannot be released, said Christian Basi, an MU spokesman.

Brian Weimer, MU police captain, said he was unable to comment since there was no arrest.

The Office of Student Conduct has made no comment regarding the incident.

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Samantha Sunne February 6, 2012 | 9:01 p.m.

Are you sure all that information is protected by FERPA? It should only be the students' names that can't be released.

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gregory brown February 6, 2012 | 10:20 p.m.

This doesn't seem to be much of a story. Why is it published? It's vague about when, says nothing about who or what, neglects to say where except somewhere on campus. The motive is lacking since there's no hint of content. I don't expect Fox Noise but something more than this is needed or the story could be ignored.

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Ellis Smith February 7, 2012 | 6:55 a.m.

Hopefully there's not going to be a THIRD CONSECUTIVE outrage in three years for Black History Month at MU.

(I agree with Gregory Brown that this article seems to violate what's taught in elementary journalism.)

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Marysa Greenawalt February 8, 2012 | 2:37 p.m.

Samantha, Gregory, and Ellis — I am the reporter for this story, and I appreciate your feedback.

This story is a follow-up to the one published last week when the Missourian learned about the fliers. At the Missourian we recognize the value of both timeliness and accuracy, so we publish what we know as soon as we know it, updating the news as it breaks.

I share your frustration regarding the lack of information pertaining to the incident, and while reporting this story I contacted numerous MU sources to no avail.

The Department of Residential life, the MU News Bureau and the MU Police Department declined to disclose information. In addition, the Office of Student Conduct and the president of the Legion of Black Collegians did not return calls.

As you can see, my ability to report this story as richly as it deserved to be reported was stymied. However, we fully intend to continue to follow this story because of its importance to the campus community.

Marysa Greenawalt
Columbia Missourian reporter

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Michael Williams February 8, 2012 | 4:29 p.m.

Marysa: Link to your original story?

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Frank Michael Russell February 8, 2012 | 6:38 p.m.

Mr. Williams,

A link to the original article has been added in the "Related Articles" box above.

Frank Russell
Columbia Missourian news editor

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Michael Williams February 9, 2012 | 12:09 a.m.

Thanks, Frank.

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