March 29, 2011
'Academic Freedom' Offers Little Protection Against New Efforts to Obtain Professors' E-Mails
Recent efforts by conservative-leaning groups to obtain the e-mails of Michigan and Wisconsin public-university professors have shed light on this much: Citing a need to protect "academic freedom" is, in itself, unlikely to help the universities avoid complying with requests for e-mails under state open-records laws.
The e-mail requests, directed at Michigan's three largest public universities by the free-market-oriented Mackinac Center for Public Policy and at the University of
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