South Carolina School Says Open Records Request will Cost $250K

CHARLESTON, S.C. ― A South Carolina medical school and research hospital says it will cost most than a quarter million dollars to fulfill a newspaper’s open records request into allegations that two students cheated on exams.

The Post and Courier reports an attorney for the Medical University of South Carolina told the paper it could cost $275,000 to search email servers in connection with the inquiry.

The attorney also warned a reporter not to contact members of MUSC’s Honor Council, students or employees about university disciplinary proceedings.

The warnings and directives came after the newspaper learned last month of allegations two students with ties to high-ranking public officials were brought before the Honor Council. Sources told the paper the council recommended the students be expelled, but a dean overruled its decision.