Thursday, December 03, 2009

Indiana state law interpretations, lack of knowledge mire public records process

Few Purdue employees know that their Purdue Webmail is open to the public or that any memo or report they write must be made available to the public upon request.

Memos, internal audits, employment contracts, salaries, personnel files, grade distribution reports, dismissal letters and other documents are all considered public information under Indiana’s public access law.

The law, Indiana Code 5-14-3, was passed in 1983 and revised in 2008 under the basis that “all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees.”

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