DARMOUTH, Mass. (AP/MyFoxBoston.com) — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth says it cannot legally release the records of four students related to the Boston Marathon bombings investigation; however, the university is asking federal officials to make an exemption.
Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is recovering in a prison hospital after being wounded in a shootout with police, was a student at UMass-Dartmouth. Three classmates are accused of removing a laptop and backpack from his dormitory room before the FBI searched it. Two of them weren't enrolled in school at the time.
University Chancellor Divina Grossman asked the Education Department if an exception could be made to privacy laws. She said the university has "provided every document and resource necessary" to the FBI and law enforcement.
The U.S. Department of Education said the university may not release the records without the consent of the student.
Statement from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:
"The U.S. Department of Education, in response to a request by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to release the student records of those connected to the Boston Marathon arrests, has informed us that such a release would be a violation of federal law. The DOE letter states that according to federal law, the "University may not release them [records] without the consent of the student."
UMass Dartmouth has provided all information requested to law enforcement officials and will continue to work closely with investigators. In addition, we will continue to be transparent with the public while complying with federal and state law."