University of Wyoming v. Gressley was a 1999 case before the Wyoming Supreme Court concerning the documents of state universities.
This case established that the University of Wyoming is in fact an agency, subject to the Wyoming Sunshine Law and the Wyoming Public Meeting Law.
- Gene M. Gressley, as a result of a wrongful termination lawsuit coming from his termination from the University of Wyoming, requested office documentation concerning the business records of the American Heritage Center where he worked.
- The University rejected the request, claiming that the Wyoming Sunshine Law did not apply to them.
- Gressley filed suit in district court. The hearing took place on June 30, 1995 and the court ruled in his favor on September 18, 1995.
- The university appealed the decision.
Ruling of the court
The trial court ruled in favor of Gressley, determining that the Wyoming Sunshine Law did in fact apply to the University of Wyoming because it was a public agency. The court ordered the documents released.
The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the trial court and determined that the University of Wyoming had violated the public records act.
The Supreme Court determined that the University acts as an agency under Wyoming law with regard to how it establishes rules and procedures and is subject to the same contractual laws as any other public agency. Based on this the court determined that Gressley had a claim to the documents in question and that the University is in fact subject to the Wyoming Sunshine Law and the Wyoming Public Meeting Law.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ruling of the Court(pdf)