MISSOULA, Montana — The office of the Commissioner of Higher Education is returning to the Montana Supreme Court to appeal a district judge's ruling ordering it to release information on any action the commissioner took after Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson appealed a university court recommended he 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 the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1gkCZ7i) that the state's high court had previously dismissed the case as "premature."
Krakauer sought the information, saying he was writing a book about sexual assaults at the university, including accusations that Johnson raped a female acquaintance in 2012. Johnson was not expelled and a jury acquitted him in March 2013.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com