|Submitted||May 21, 2019|
|Due||June 5, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
We request the data on all first-time, first-year applicants for fall admission to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, names redacted, containing the following information: high school GPA, SAT Combined score, residency status, and whether or not the student was accepted into the school.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute
May 31, 2019
Dear Ms. Connaughton:
On May 21, 2019, you requested “the data on all first-time, first-year applicants for fall admission to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, names redacted, containing the following information: high school GPA, SAT Combined score, residency status, and whether or not the student was accepted into the school.”
The Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. Ch. 66, § 10, along with its associated regulations, permits the University to estimate and assess the estimated cost of searching for the requested records or segregating exempt information from non-exempt information. I estimate that your request will take less than four hours to complete, and there will be no fee charged for this request.
Please see the attached information responsive to your request.
Under Chapter 66 of the General Laws, you have the right to appeal our disposition of your request to the Supervisor of Public Records, Office of the Secretary of State, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and the right to seek judicial review of an unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the superior court under subsection (c) of section 10A.
Executive Director of Strategic Communications
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Thank you, Ed!
Thank you, Ed!
Would it be possible to have the data broken down by program applied to?
Ed is on vacation this week and next. I think Christine Wilda, who is our compliance and public records officer, can ask the enrollment management staff about this. We will get back to you soon.
Office of News and Media Relations
202 Munson Hall
Yes, working on it.
Christine M. Wilda
Associate Chancellor for Compliance
340 Whitmore Building
Amherst, MA 01003