Penn State Must be Required to Comply Completely with PaFOIC

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    For much too long Pennsylvania State University has, we opine, circumvented the Pennsylvania Open Records and Open Meetings Laws under the subterfuge (stratagem) claiming to be a state-related or quasi-public university. Translation: when lobbying for public funds it is a public university and requests lots of funds. When asked to reveal it’s total budget and open all meetings not specifically exempt by the state open records and meetings laws it claims to be a state-related or quasi-public university not required to comply completely, always, depends, with open records and meetings. Ref:

    Here is a good example of how Penn State hides public information available only now.

    Why Tuition is so Expensive at Pennsylvania State University

    “As part of the Sandusky criminal charges, [former]university president Graham Spanier and Penn State entered into a separation agreement that granted him [Spanier] 18 months’ salary [about $1.6 million], a $1.5 million retirement payment, a $700,000 post-presidency sabbatical payment, and five years of tenured faculty service at $600,000 [$3 million] annually, ending in November 2017.” That’s $6.8 million, or thereabouts.

    Penn State is now suing for return of the payments.

    Read more here:

    This is only the tip of an iceberg. It is amazing what Penn State can conceal.



    Penn State Fails Open Records Law — Salary Disclosure

    Poor Stewardship of Taxpayer Money

    From a Centre Daily Times, January 2, 2017, Letter to the Editor by Don Kohler, Tampa, Fla.

    “[My] comment piggybacks on a recent comment regarding publicizing salaries of university administrators and how those salaries affect affordability of education.

    Penn State, faced with a demand to publicize salaries, cut a deal in which they would provide only the top 25 salaries paid by PSU and called it “public information”. This information is public — but not really — just try to find these top 25 salaries, then use the following link when you fail: /sites/default/files/users/ controller/docs/RightTo KnowReport2015.pdf.

    Once there you must open a PDF file and scroll to pages 53 and 86. My guess is that most readers, and most employees of PSU, are unaware of this “public” information and most likely could not find this information if they tried.

    [This is what Watchdog found after Kohler’s letter was published:

    Page Not Found | Controller’s Office

    This page is currently unavailable.]

    Business as usual at Penn State Administration

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Watchdog7.


    Sunshine Law Violation Criminal Complaint Filed with Centre County Court Against Pennsylvania State University

    Updated January 24, 2017 based on report of December 6, 2016

    A Penn State alumnus filed a criminal complaint with Centre County Court alleging two violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by certain members of the Penn State’s board of trustees Subcommittee (ironically) on Legal and Compliance (Chair: Richard K. Dandrea). The problem, reportedly, is that there is no record of the subcommittee meeting in which it is alleged the university conducted deliberation and took official action to recommend to pay the Sandusky-related $2.4 million Clery fine at a meeting not open to the public. The university responded a public meeting was not required. A court date has not yet been reported.

    Read the complete story here:

    The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act, signed in 1990, is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46.

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    Penn State Trustees Sue University for Open Records Access to The University’s Freeh Report
    September 15, 2017
    The Pennsylvania State University open records policy is so bad, so non compliant with the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law, that seven trustees sued the university for access to the source materials for the Penn State-commissioned investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal known as the Freeh report. The seven members asked the board repeatedly to reopen the investigation. When that failed, they asked to have access. They were told no. The situation escalated to court. Read the entire story at:

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