WELL how about that – transparency at its best!
To justify the denial, the UNC Chapel Hill records office cited a proviso in the North Carolina Public Records Act which exempts state law enforcement agencies from open records requests.
The state law — § 132-1.4 — sets forth circumstances when law enforcement officials can reject public records requests.
“Records of criminal investigations conducted by public law enforcement agencies, records of criminal intelligence information compiled by public law enforcement agencies and records of investigations conducted by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission are not public records,” the law reads. Only competent courts may release such records.
The law specifically defines the term “public law enforcement agencies” as “a municipal police department, a county police department, a sheriff’s department” or any other public unit “responsible for investigating, preventing, or solving violations of the law.”
There is no mention of “university,” “college,” “school” or “education” in the law. “Professor” also does not appear.