MISSOULA, Montana — Montana university system officials are returning to the state Supreme Court to appeal a district judge's order that it release information on any action the Commissioner of Higher Education took after a University of Montana court recommended the football team's quarterback be expelled over a rape complaint.
A commission spokesman says the U.S. Department of Education advised the Montana University System against releasing the records to author Jon Krakauer, citing federal education privacy laws.
Krakauer sought the information for a book about sexual assaults at the university, including accusations that former quarterback Jordan Johnson raped a female acquaintance in 2012. Johnson was not expelled and a jury acquitted him in March 2013.
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1gkCZ7i) that the state's high court had previously dismissed the case, saying the issue of attorney's fees still needed to be resolved.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com