University of Michigan student newspaper questions university FOIA fees
The Michigan Daily reported today that the University of Michigan charges particularly high fees for fulfilling some Freedom of Information Act requests.
Under Michigan FOIA law, the university is required to give certain information when requested by the media or another party. The act does have certain exemptions, such as personnel records, and the university is permitted to charge a fee to cover the cost of some requests.
The Daily article questions whether the high fees U-M sometimes charges are appropriate.
The Daily was told it would cost $1,240 to provide the number of parking tickets given by the U-M Department of Public Safety each day for a year.
However other Big Ten schools give much lower estimates. Michigan State University said the Daily's request would cost $250 to fulfill, while University of Iowa, Indiana University, Ohio State University and University of Nebraska fulfilled the request for free, according to the Daily.
"When we see these jackpot prices quoted either the school just doesn’t want the records seeing the light of day, or the school’s record-keeping is a disaster,” Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, told the Daily.
Read the full article here.