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March 30, 2011

Just read about these professors whose emails are being sought under a public records request. I don’t know the law that well, so I have no idea if this will fly, They apparently just successfully did this to the Wisconsin governor, the professor is technically a state employee, so perhaps his work emails are “property of the state”.

Law and politics aside, it reminds me of a question I’ve heard varying opinions on. Do you use your .edu email for everything? Have a separate email address for personal things? If so what counts as personal? Is it ok to use personal email for work stuff? etc.

I don’t have strong feeling about this, though I’ve met folks who do. That any email that wasn’t crucial for work was a misuse of university email. So a quick “Do you want to get lunch today” to the professor down the hall, bad;  “Clean out the mouse cages, Harry, and carry the specimens upstairs” ok.

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  1. April 2, 2011 12:57 pm

    I think there is some going have to be some give and take between FOIA and FERPA regulations. I think the university is going to be integral in screening the emails and redacting student information or not releasing student-related emails to the Wisconsin GOP. I see the value in FOIA but it just feels a little dirty about how and why they are doing this.

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