CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State University student media adviser has gotten into trouble with the administration over her public records requests.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1ggsIUV) Kate Willson filed two record requests on Oct. 18 for five years' worth of campus crime statistics and information about the university's compensation database. Willson planned to use the records as teaching tools to train student journalists in computer-assisted reporting.
OSU spokesman Steve Clark said it's inappropriate for employees of a public institution to request public records from their place of work.
He said Willson was free to request the records as a private citizen and could then use the data to teach students.
State law allows people to inspect any public record unless the record is expressly exempted from disclosure.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com