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|Multi Request||Institutional Press Policies|
|Submitted||May 30, 2023|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Vermont Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
1. Any policy, guidance, handbook, manual, or standard contract concerning the institution’s interactions or relationship with members of the news media, reporters, or journalists, including student journalists.
2. Any policy, guidance, handbook, or manual concerning the interactions or communications of institutional employees, including faculty, administrators, staff, and student employees, with the news media, reporters, or journalists, including student journalists.
Please note that this request does not seek a search of faculty or student email accounts or records. These requests should in no way be construed to include a review or search of email accounts, websites, or other forms of data or document retention which are controlled by students, alumni, or faculty members, nor by governmental or advisory bodies controlled by the same, except insofar as any such individuals also serve in an administrative capacity and the records were created or are held by the individual in that capacity. Any search should be limited to documents held by the administration and/or its staff members, including records created or maintained by persons acting in the capacity of administrators or staff members.
This request is made on behalf of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that aims to defend and sustain the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought. This request concerns a matter of public interest. The records are sought for the purpose of researching and educating the public about policies affecting student journalists' ability to engage in news gathering and reporting on college and university campuses.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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 3 business days, as the statute requires.
Anne Marie Tamburro
Dear Anne Marie,
I am writing in response to your request for records dated May 31, 2023. You asked for 1. Any policy, guidance, handbook, manual, or standard contract concerning the institution’s interactions or relationship with members of the news media, reporters, or journalists, including student journalists. 2. Any policy, guidance, handbook, or manual concerning the interactions or communications of institutional employees, including faculty, administrators, staff, and student employees, with the news media, reporters, or journalists, including student journalists.
Below are links to the three records responsive to your request, which you may download from our public website:
Media Guidelines for Faculty and Staff
University Name, Symbols, Letterhead and other Proprietary Indicia of Affiliation
University Of Vermont and State Agricultural College Board Of Trustees - Resolution Regarding Delegation And Retention Of Board Authority
To the extent that they exist, other responsive records would be exempt under 1 V.S.A. 317(c) (17), which covers records of interdepartmental and intradepartmental communications to the extent that they cover other than primarily factual materials and are preliminary to any determination of policy or action. As provided in 1 V.S.A. § 318(c), of the Vermont Public Records Act, you may appeal to the University’s President my determination that the records you have requested are exempt from production. The President is Suresh Garimella, 349 Waterman Building, Burlington, VT 05405; his e-mail address is email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Records Custodian & Compliance Coordinator
Office of Compliance and Privacy Services
University of Vermont
P: 802.656.3415<tel:802.656.3086> (direct) / E: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS INFORMATION<https://www.uvm.edu/compliance/public-records>
Office of Compliance & Privacy Services<https://www.uvm.edu/compliance> • Feedback, Comments, Questions<mailto:email@example.com?subject=Feedback,%20Comments,%20Questions>
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UVM is subject to the Vermont Public Records Act and communications to and from this email address, including attachments, are subject to disclosure unless exempted under the Act or otherwise applicable law.