University of Wyoming says Nichols job documents not public

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has filed court documents arguing the administration did not violate the law by withholding files about former President Laurie Nichols.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the filing Thursday was a response to a lawsuit by Wyoming news organizations seeking details about the end of Nichols' three years as president.

The filing in Albany County District Court says the school is under no obligation to release documents because Nichols was not fired.

The administration surprised the campus community in March with the announcement that Nichols' contract would not be renewed and she would instead take a faculty position.

The joint lawsuit by newspapers and a news site says the content of the documents is a matter of public interest and should negate potential privacy concerns.