Students say CU slow to respond to requests for records on GOP presidential debate

From the Daily Camera (Boulder):  Students are accusing University of Colorado administrators of dragging their feet in response to an open records request they filed earlier this month for correspondence and documents related to the Republican presidential debate being held this week on campus.

The students filed their request under the Colorado Open Records Act on Oct. 1 and say the university has been slow to release letters, emails and documents between campus officials and the Republican National Committee, the state Republican party and CNBC, the cable news network producing the debate. They have also asked for all communications between CU employees about the debate.

University officials, however, say they have been working hard to process the large request in a timely manner. It is likely to produce more than 3,000 pages, and CU officials must review each document carefully to protect student records, personnel files, security plans and other information exempt from inspection under state and federal law.

“This is one of the larger CORA requests we have received and university staff have spent scores of hours processing it already,” said campus spokesman Ryan Huff. “We are searching several months of email.”

Since word spread that only a limited number of seats would be made available to the CU community for Wednesday’s debate, students have been critical of the campus administration, the RNC and CNBC. On Friday, the university announced that 50 additional tickets would be available to CU students and employees, bringing the total number to 150. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the debate at the Coors Events Center.

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