Opinion: CSU sends wrong message on records

From the Coloradoan (Fort Collins):  By Lauren Gustus

On Friday, the attorney for Colorado State University’s Board of Governors told the board he may pursue changes to the state’s open-record policy.

More specifically, Michael Nosler wants to limit public-information requests made of CSU only to residents of Colorado.

If approved, the request would be a significant — no, make that gigantic — step backward for a community that says it values transparency and openness.

CSU receives millions in state funding each year. It also receives federal funding, to the tune of hundreds of millions in research dollars.

As a public university, CSU is required to follow the Colorado Open Records Act, which provides the public access to documents, emails and other information, offering oversight on decisions made by taxpayer-funded entities.

If CSU moves forward with its request — which must be OK’d in the state Legislature — it will in essence be encouraging discrimination by place.

If you’re a student, parents of a student, or an alum living in Oregon or Utah or Arizona, you wouldn’t have the same access to information as your Colorado counterparts. Roughly 25 percent of CSU students come from outside the state of Colorado.

So is my right to learn about the local university, by virtue of my Fort Collins address, any more valid than yours? Absolutely not.

If it seems like I feel strongly about this matter, well, you’re right.

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