Nassar scandal clogs FOIA office at Michigan State, impeding access to public information

Lansing State Journal

May 30, 2018

By Sarah Lehr

The case of Larry Nassar, a serial sexual abuser and a former physician with Michigan State University, has attracted scrutiny about what MSU officials knew and when.

At the same time, it has become more onerous for journalists and concerned citizens to access public records from the university.

The Michigan Freedom of Information Act allows access to documents from public institutions like Michigan State.

Since news of the allegations against Nassar broke, FOIA requests to MSU have increased exponentially. But, staffing levels have not kept pace with the demand, leading to longer wait times for public information.

And, on average, the university is requesting higher fees to fulfill FOIA requests, although amounts vary based on complexity of the request.

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