[Vision2020] More UI Public Records Shenanigans

Saundra Lund v2020 at ssl1.fastmail.fm
Thu Sep 29 15:08:22 PDT 2016

Since when did it become acceptable at the University of Idaho to use public
records requests as a source of revenue?!  And since when did it become
acceptable at the UI to thumb its nose at the response times specified in
Idaho Public Records Law?!




"The university charged the Tribune $911.14 to furnish the public records,
which included 645 email communications sent by, and received by, both
Staben and Spear. On May 3, university general counsel responded to an
initial email sent by the Tribune, affirming the UI was in receipt of the
records request. General counsel began collecting the emails on May 19, but
didn't make them available until Aug. 29. According to Idaho law, public
records requests must be granted or denied within 10 working days of the


It seems to me public institutions that have nothing nefarious to hide would
hide nothing, and they certainly wouldn't view as adversaries those trying
to examine public records, which is our right to do.  Nor would they erect
insane financial barriers to public records access.


As Idaho's Attorney General has written, "Open government is the cornerstone
of a free society.  The Idaho Legislature affirmed Idaho's commitment to
open government by enacting the Idaho public records law in 1990.  The
public records law protects each citizen's right to monitor the actions of
state and local government entities by providing access to government


I cannot help but wonder what else the UI is so desperately trying to keep
hidden from the public eye :(




Saundra Lund

Moscow, ID


I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to
protection by man from cruelty of man.

~ Mahatma Ghandi



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