Friday, May 29, 2015

U. of Kansas Takes Narrow View of Lecturer’s Privacy Rights in Records Dispute

The Chronicle of Higher education
May 29th, 2015

Neither the legal principle of academic freedom nor the receipt of outside financial support for his work gives a public-college lecturer a right to declare his correspondence private, the University of Kansas argued this week in state court.
In a brief filed in a records dispute involving Arthur Hall, a lecturer who serves as director of the university’s Center for Applied Economics, the university argued that only higher-education institutions, and not their individual faculty members, have a right to academic freedom under the First Amendment. It also disputed Mr. Hall’s assertion that the state’s open-records law does not cover his correspondence as director because the center is financed with private funds from businesses.

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