Elon University's lawyers want the state Supreme Court to rule campus police shouldn't be subject to a North Carolina law requiring public disclosures though officers have arrest and other powers.
The high court hears arguments Wednesday in a case involving the responsibilities of campus police at private colleges.
A former Elon student contends state law requires campus police to produce all information related to the arrest of a fellow student.
Elon's lawyers say that police powers don't obligate a private college to act like a city police force or other public institution.
The Supreme Court addressed private college police in 2011, ruling that Davidson College can keep its own force because the school is not so closely aligned with a religious denomination that it mixes church and state.