Penn State, other schools exempt from open-records law

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CNN is reporting that Penn State, despite being a state-funded university, is exempt from Pennsylvania’s Right to Know law.

Terry Mutchler, executive director of the state’s Office of Open Records, told the network that the university sought and received an exemption from the state’s open-records law, which was largely rewritten in 2008.

“What that means in essence is that while every other commonwealth agency, governor’s office, police departments, townships, school districts … are subject to this law and would be required to provide public record, Penn State is exempt,” Mutchler told CNN.

The New York Times reported that in addition to Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University also have broad exemptions under the law.

Tags: ,