Admissions Officers' Comments Open to Students

Campaign organized to get files opened on several campuses

Washington, D.C. -- A federal privacy-protection law gives students the right to see comments written about them by admissions officers, the Education Department has ruled. Until now, university officials have believed such comments were not covered by the law.

The department acted after Harvard University denied a student's request to see the comments written about him.

The student, Joshua A. Gerstein, has since graduated and is organizing a campaign to have students at a